Art and Survival Online Workshop: Writers and Artists Working Through a Pandemic
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Please join us for three free virtual workshops sponsored by MFA@CIIS!
Art and Survival: Writers and Artists Working Through a Pandemic
For those of us devoted to making meaning through art and writing, what challenges and opportunities do we find in the Covid-19 pandemic? As we face an existential threat together while separated from each other, we find ourselves powerfully drawn to new life priorities. This May, the Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing MFA Program at California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) will offer three free workshops designed to inspire important new projects, hosted by MFA faculty Carolyn Cooke and Alex Burger with MFA Program Chair Dr. Cindy Shearer and special guest artists.
The idea for this series came from Alex and Carolyn ‘s work together to create a TV show about what happens when a novel virus strikes Burning Man and 80,000 revelers are trapped in a zone of sacrifice to save humanity. We’ve been thinking for the past three years about how societies can adapt and change to save humanity from extinction, as well as about the weird feedback loop between fiction and reality. Won’t you join us?
Session #1: Containment & Possibility (May 13, 1-2 p.m. PT)
(Zoom link will be provided only to those who register on Eventbrite)
Containment and confinement by pandemics or oppression date back to the dawn of humanity. Many of us have lived through containments medical, racial, geographical, and political. What can we learn from communities previously locked in and the possibilities and creativity that arise out of the experience?
Guest poets: Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble, author of American Happiness, and the forthcoming How to Survive the Apocalypse and Brynn Saito, author of Power Made Us Swoon and The Palace of Contemplating Departure.