june 2018

22jun14:3016:00Workshop: Rebekah Bloyd14:30 - 16:00 C: Studio 3 requires booking: YES

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In Dialogue with Water

You have been invited into a larger conversation about water through an idea or image (i) that caught your attention during Liquidscapes. What do you want to say? What turn do you want the conversation to take?

As you close your time at the conference, this workshop opens the way to converse with an image or idea that piqued your interest—now, and in the days ahead.  We will be creating—through writing, gathering, assembling items — Individual hybrid essays that will be multi-dimensional and may be ephemeral!

This hybrid response brings together
* (i);
knowledge you already possess (experiential, researched, imagined);
materials at hand—a few smooth stones, a song accessed through your iPhone, a sketch you make on a napkin.


*Choose a direct quotation or image from a presentation, exhibit, or performance you attended. Replicate it—write it down, find a photo. (notice)

*Create a paragraph: Why does this “part” (i) matter to the whole? e.g., to that presentation, that artwork, this day, this conference, water research in the future? (interpret / analyze)

*Offer a creative response: e.g., a poem by Joy Harjo, song lyric by Van Morrison, a riddle from
Louise Bennet. (connect)

*Provide a tactile, aural, or visual element that complements your understanding of the (i) OR that contributes to the turn you want the conversation to take. (generate)

*Introduce a wild card—an element other than what’s been named above—that complements your understanding of the (i) OR that contributes to the turn you want the conversation to take. Performative welcome! (surprise)


Juxtaposition is at play here—no transitions needed.

We’ll write together, gather elements during a break, reconvene.We’ll set up individual stations/ small installations to experience the ways we are now—and will continue to be—in dialogue with water.



Rebekah Bloyd’s poetry collections are Seabook, Sister Island, and Handsome; her recent creative nonfiction appears in Catamaran; and her translations with the Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub have appeared in Harper’s, The London Times Literary Supplement, Poetry and elsewhere. A past Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica and to the Czech Republic, Bloyd makes her home in San José, and makes her commute to San Francisco, where she teaches among makers at California College of the Arts.



(Friday) 14:30 - 16:00


C: Studio 3

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN

requires booking