Camp Breakdown Break Down


orientation – sauna whisking – deep listening – discussions walks – embodied exercises – workshops – presentations excursions – performance – re-wilding – expanding empathic capacity

CAMP dates: July 5 – 15, 2015
Application submission deadline: May 20th, 2015
Location: Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland
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This eleven-day camp at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop is for challenging our industrialised sense of self and relation to the ecosystems we inhabit and rely on. It is for researching, debating, and practicing post-oil aesthetics and culture. It is for asking and acting on important questions about climate breakdown and survival. It is for entering a larger shared effort that goes forward and amplifies itself in the places, cities, landscapes, narratives, and congregations we carry it to.

One of the biggest challenges to addressing climate breakdown is the fact that we exist primarily in terms of oil use and the relationships it structures every moment of every day. Constantly relating to the world in this way cauterizes individual and collective petro-subjectivities, a numbing highly industrialised sense of self and society that can seem impossible to exit. In nearly every articulation of how we deal with climate breakdown—from underground acts of sabotage or the withdrawal into the dark mountains, to mainstream activist efforts and green capital abstractions—we see the violence and logic of oil replicated incessantly. This goes unarticulated and unchallenged. What can we do together to start de-industrialising our sense of self while building a culture of survival, healing, and re-wilding that is for not only ourselves, but also our land bases, and all the non-human inhabitants, organic and other, that share them with us? We know the power of myth and how dominant ones like infinite economic growth and technological progress are destroying our planet. How do we mobilise stories and myth for regeneration, healing and a different way of relating?

Grounding our search in local struggles to shift our relationships to land, food, culture, climate breakdown, and each other, we will be introduced to and develop embodied learning skills to understand how powerful our perceptual-emotional-ideational capacities are beyond the very limited narratives of collapse, survival, daily life, our culture replicates. These practices will open up our thinking and imagination to generate new narratives of survival, community, and care. We will work to prepare for what lies in the deep times ahead, that haze that sits where the Anthropocene is the long past. These activities will be combined with discussions, visiting speakers, and excursions to places that will help focus our efforts and make them resonant well beyond our short time together.

Invited speakers and facilitators: Ximena Alarcón (Deep Listening facilitator), Bruce Ball (soil scientist), Tim Collins and Reiko Goto (environmental artists), Charlotte Du Cann and Nick Hunt (Dark Mountain Project), Dudendance Theatre (multimedia artists), Mari Keski-Korsu (artist), Nance Klehm (radical environmentalist), Alastair McInstosh (activist & writer), Andy Wightman (land reform activist), Simon Yuill (artist & programmer), Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, Trees For Life.

Organisers: Brett Bloom (artist & organiser) & Nuno Sacramento (director of SSW)
Camp design: Sofia Oliveira (architect) & Brett Bloom

Please note: participants are responsible for travel to and from the camp, but food, housing, and 11 days of programming will be provided without additional charge.

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