2019: Fields

In 2019, the theme for Ecopoetry Workshop, ‘fields,’ followed the theme of the Nature, Art, and Habitat Residency, which was ‘herbs and pastures.’ Poets and theorists in the arts and sciences have been thinking in terms of ‘fields’ for centuries. In physics, there is a quantum field; in a book, the page could be considered a field for the planting of language. Below is some of the work we created in response to our own thinking about, and working through, fields at the 2019 residency.

This film was created by Courtlin Byrd, with Brent Cox, and shows snippets of the 2019 Ecopoetry Workshop experience, including participants writing, reading from their work, partaking in group, creative exercises, and eating together. The location is the town of Sottochiesa, Lombardy, in the Taleggio Valley where the workshop is based.

Although the workshop was only two weeks in duration, in the final few days, we, as a group, produced a book of written work called Ecopoetry Workshop: Field Notes From a Regenerative Economy of Fields.

We printed the book at a commercial print-shop in the nearby town of Zogno. The book contains theoretical statements from each participant, their poetry, drawings, and exegetical writing.

This image shows the front cover of the book that we produced, entitled Field Notes From a Regenerative Economy of Fields.
Brent Cox’s theoretical statement
Participant Amanda Hohenberg’s ecopoetical statement
Participant Joanna Doxey’s ecopoetical statment.

All involved in the 2019 workshop were focussed on writing, but photography and film also played a significant part. Our co-organizers, Brent Cox and Courtlin Byrd shot a variety of short pieces, including an eco-mockumentary and a more sincere piece on the cheese-making process, entitled Hands.

We invite all experimental writers, artists, filmmakers, choreographers, and ecological thinkers to future Ecopoetry Workshops.

Three workshop members hiking from Sottochiesa up to the church of San Bartholomeo at Ecopoetry Workshop 2019

Testimonials

A time to immerse yourself in your craft and work while being part of a supportive and vibrant intellectual community – with great walks, food and wine as well” – Jane Thomas.

the workshop was nourishing & challenging; with its base set against a magical mountainous backdrop, it was a perfect eco-poem itself. as a group of makers we discussed, walked, wrote, played, ate. both generative and intellectually rigorous it was the breathing space i needed for my practice. the schedule itself was perfectly balanced between guided and self led, allowing me to conceive of a performance piece while accommodating my long and necessary meanderings along the river. thank u to the eco-team for holding this necessary and generous space.!” – Amanda Hohenberg.

A close-up photo of grasses at Ecopoetry Workshop 2019. The fields of the Taleggio Valley are full of various plant species, and attract a large variety of insects and other animals.

 

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