Signal Fire 2017 Programs
Deadline: 15 Feb, 2017
Disciplines: Activism, All Disciplines, Animation, Architecture, Art Education, Ceramics, Collaboration, Community, Composition, Concept & Theory, Crafts & Trades, Critical studies, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Digital, Engineering, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Glass, Installation, Journalism, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Moving Image, Music & Sound, Other, Painting, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Research, Science, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound, Technology, Textile, Theater, Visual Arts, Writing.
Location: United States
Deadline: 15 Feb, 2017
Duration: 1-4 weeks
Eligibility: artists of any disciplines, curators, activists, and researchers
Support: some Fellowships available
Costs: various (sliding scale), see website
Signal Fire offers remote wilderness residencies and retreats throughout the American West. Our projects foster self-reliance, creative energy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for equitable access, and protection of, wild and open places.
Signal Fire’s 2017 programs look to the role of storytelling in understanding land. Naming and shaping places, building connection and claiming ownership, and writing the histories of contested landscapes depend on stories. This year’s trips will visit seven regions of the West, each one culturally and geographically distinct, and each one shaped by competing narratives.
We will bring together a range of voices shared through myths, folklore, testimony, and histories forgotten and suppressed. We will also consider those stories that seem to reveal a common humanity; the tale of a trickster “stealing fire” appears in myriad versions throughout the world. Our readings, guest presentations and creative responses will grapple with questions such as: How do stories shape our land stewardship and our part in the ecosystems we inhabit? How do stories inform a bias of who does or does not “belong” in a place? When is folklore perpetuating injustice and how can it facilitate liberation and redemption? Through contemporary myth making, whose stories and myths are being erased?
Participants will be invited to share stories from their own lives and cultures and we will ask ourselves how artists, as storytellers, can contribute to a collective history of the land that acknowledges past injustice and contributes to a more equitable and resilient future.
More Info: http://www.signalfirearts.org/
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