At this workshop participants imagine themselves marooned in a future dystopia, a place bereft of plants and animals, where human beings have become wired into a vast mainframe and where their very bodies have become robotized. Indeed, there is nature all around them and nature still inside them, but they can no longer see, hear, smell, or feel it.
Their task will be to make works of art capable of converting humankind—and themselves—back into kinship with nature. They will work in groups, each group guided by an artist-leader and each focusing on a particular art form. They will create art in the reclaimed industrial spaces of Evergreen Brick Works, then gather to perform and present what they have made in a world that will now open to them the newborn density, herbage, juice, and volume of the Lower Don Valley Ravines.
For more information and to register, visit mcgill.ca/iplai/thinking-art.
Earth Art is a Thinking Art workshop co-hosted by the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas at McGill University , the Early Modern Conversions Project and Evergreen.