Session ID: Session 3A
(Monday) 14:30 - 15:00(GMT+00:00) View in my time
Lars Schmidt with Hsuan-Hsiu Hung: Sonomama session Sonomama Sessions (sonomama, jap. = ‘as it is’) The Sonomama Session are open happenings, building
Lars Schmidt with Hsuan-Hsiu Hung: Sonomama session
Sonomama Sessions (sonomama, jap. = ‘as it is’)
The Sonomama Session are open happenings, building bridges between artistic, ecological and spiritual practice and understanding-
In this 30 min we will look at the context and intention of the Sonomama Sessions as a zone for transdisciplinary pollination and explore the interconnectedness of artistic improvisation and contemplative practice, as well as its potential for insight and resilience.
As Chogyam Trungpa, meditation master and holder of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism has put it: “The challenge is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within this world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness. … We cannot change the world as it is, but by opening ourselves to the world as it is, we may find that gentleness, decency and bravery are available – not only to us, but to all human beings.”
As usual in the sessions there is an invited artist, in this case Hsuan-Hsiu Hung, who is a dance artist and Qi Gong teacher from Taiwan.
Lars Schmidt is the initiator and facilitator of the Sonomama Sessions. Inspired by the gathering ritual of the Japanese Tea ceremony they provide a space and atmosphere for encounter and exchange around various themes ranging from the arts, to ecological and spiritual understanding. They intend to provide a context and support to explore fundamental questions about how to live a fullfilled, responsible and respectful life.
In other words: what it means to live artfully.
Speakers for this event
Hsuan-Hsiu Hung is a dance artist and Qi Gong teacher from Taiwan.
Lars Schmidt, multidisciplinary artist, dancer and natural thinker (MLitt in Fine Arts Practice and Performance, Glasgow School of Arts; Diploma of Applied Ecological Design) Besides his practice in various artforms, he has curated interdisciplinary projects linking the arts and improvisation with ecological and spiritual understanding, and has facilitated workshops in the US, Latin America and Europe. Regarding art as a way of coming-to-knowing, his Master of Fine Arts thesis was called: The Arts in Service: On Learning to Live and to Die, Improvisation as Way of Being and Ecological Practice
(Monday) 15:30 - 16:00(GMT+00:00) View in my time
Michelle Atherton: A Celebratory Gathering – Live from the Rowan Tree and the International Space Station On October 15 Michelle Atherton held a
Michelle Atherton: A Celebratory Gathering – Live from the Rowan Tree and the International Space Station
On October 15 Michelle Atherton held a Celebratory Gathering on Zoom. This is a report-back and an exploration in response.
How do we publicly acknowledge the lives of those no longer living, beyond the funeral and the obituary? In secular cultures how do we bestow significance on a life and mark the lives of the dead? If what is important about life is how it is lived, how do we collectively judge what is consequential, what counts, what really matters? Equally, how do we move away from anthropocentric views on the worth or value of the life of other species and other organisms?
In an attempt to address these questions I wish to invite you to a gathering that will bring together anyone who would like to celebrate, in their own way, friends, loved ones or anyone, any organism or anything no longer in existence and in so doing pay tribute to the full spectrum of life and matter. From the recently or long-since deceased to those that are now extinct, extinguished and forgotten, whether human or not. During the gathering participants can share their tribute through whatever form they wish, whether that be testimony, stories, song, tears, toasts, chanting, recipes, contestation, poetry, imagery or silence…
More information and booking (prior to October 15)
Speakers for this event
I am an artist, researcher and academic. My work considers particular moments or sets of conditions in our collective histories. I commonly use a remix aesthetic, incorporating sound, image, text, lighting effects and collaborative strategies to create fragmented narratives as hooks to explore our slippery perceptions of the world. The aim is look again at matters that seem settled, beyond question, but where inherent instability opens into other questions of material states, refusals, politics and new imaginaries. My work has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and shown throughout Europe in galleries, museums, festivals, conferences and via publication. Recent exhibitions include Spor Klübü, Berlin; Autonomy Middlesbrough Art Weekender, UK; Viborg Kunsthal Denmark; Kunstraum Gallery, Linz, Austria; Tatton Park Biennale UK; Kino Babylon, Berlin; Zeppelin Museum, Germany. I live in London and am a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.