May 28-June 18, 2017 | Hillsboro, WV
A course in desire and design for people with a passion to make the
world a better place by means of the arts and performance.
This summer, the School for Designing a Society invites you to participate in changing the world by means of your desires—a desire being something you want that does not yet exist, that requires you and your design to bring about. .
For this intensive session, we propose a hybrid methodology—mixing desire and design with caring and clowning.
In the morning sessions, using desire and design, we’ll create a thinker’s workshop in brain-storming and-heart-storming; in the afternoons, using caring and clowning, we’ll create a daily laboratory for performances in everyday life.
The three week session requires:
Simply put, we want to add an alternative to the ‘seriousness’ of care work.
We noticed that in clinical situations everything shouts a solemn-ness, a serious-ness. Care-providers, trained in the medical model, are required to demonstrate professional distance and efficiency, mastery of medical technology, capacity to do bureaucratic work. Care-providers are perceived as busy, detached, efficient, serious, in a hurry.
In many situations this may be what’s needed. But we think of other situations–situations where people have chronic or mental illnesses; situations of people who are handicapped, aged, dying, lonely, bored, housebound, fearful. Will efficiency, mastery of technology, seriousness, capacity to do bureaucratic work, here be sufficient?
We think not.
Clowning, humor, play: we offer these traits as additions to the care giver’s capacities. We value seriousness in some caring situations–we don’t want to lose that. But we do want to add. Clowning, humor, play are additional resources to meet the calls on care.
Clowning is a design where the activity of ‘caring’ is framed within a model of play (and not framed only within the medical model)
This three week session is for people, like ourselves, who feel ‘stuck’ in uncaring systems, and who want time, tools and new ideas in order to figure out “what next?” It’s for people who have dreams, and who would like to be in a climate of other dream-makers. It’s for people who have no dreams (yet!), and who would like to be in a climate of dream-makers. It’s for people who see systemic, seemingly intractable social problems, and who do have a notion, a seed, for how to solve these problem–but they feel themselves too small and the problems too big, to develop that notion/seed as a way to change something.
This three week course teaches social change through a methodology of braided formats: lecture, experiential, and project-based. Lectures explore the intersection of humanism and social change through theoretical underpinnings, analytical tools, and current and historical examples. Experiential learning calls for experiment, self-reflection, and response. Group projects require that students learn from and teach each other. Attention and feedback will be given to projects planned for students’ return to their home communities.
Desire and Design
Strength and Vulnerability
Performance, Listening, and Response
Cost: $1200 tuition. Tuition includes room, board, and transportation pick up and drop off. Some partial scholarships available.
The School for Designing a Society does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Facilities: Gesundheit! consists of a 300-acre pristine tract of farm and mountain land in rural West Virginia, with gardens, a multi-story workshop, mountain hiking trails, creeks, a lake, and clean air and water. The dacha, with its onion domes and Russian architecture, serves as a residence and meeting place, and has won awards for its unique design.
Travel: Please meet us in West Virginia and arrive by the evening of Sunday, May 28. You can plan to leave Gesundheit on Sunday, June 17th, by the afternoon. We will only be providing breakfast on that day.
This course teaches social change for those of us who feel 'stuck' in uncaring systems, and who want time, tools and new ideas in order to figure out "what next?" Don't miss out, Spaces fill quick.
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