Murmur Land Studios is an experimental field school initiative offering event-based pedagogy in art, philosophy, movement, ecology and temporary camping community for the post-anthropocene era. Our attempt is to curate spaces of creative inquiry which attract diverse makers, thinkers and doers together around thematic concerns relevant to the challenging times which lay before us. We are interested in exploring the varied human and more-than-human relations that weave and co-compose new possibilities for joy and survival.
Our week-long field school residencies are held as camping-based opportunities to (mostly) gain a reprieve from the grid and reconnect with the land. This is our first ecological gesture to open up a differential space for group investigation and self-directed inquiry.
These are hybrid events, oriented around morning sessions of group activation, kinaesthetic practice, and critical dialogue in the style of roundtable discussions, followed by open studio sessions in the afternoon for event participants to pursue individual creative projects connected to the event theme. Finally, through meals, shared space and the like, the actual living-together of the residency itself becomes a key component of how we dynamically explore the potentials of each thematic gathering.
Our inaugural programme of events, slated for 2017-18, is titled Passages: Beyond Futuring:
1. The City in Reverse: Diagramming Intelligent Systems (July 2-8, 2017, Sherbrooke, NS)
2. Wander Lines: Mythodological Escapism (August 13-19, 2017, Saysutshun – Newcastle Island, BC)
3. Unruly Infolding: Reconsidering Naturecultures (July 1-7, 2018, Miguasha National Park – Gaspé Peninsula, QC)
4. Reanimation and Unsettling: Politics of Exhaustion (August 12-18, 2018, ‘Urania / road trip via Saskatoon, SK)