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Wednesday, March 25 • 9:00am - 3:00pm
Workshop: Rekindlers of Hope LIMITED

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Using water to spark opportunities from the debris of ecocide.

As part of the Balance/Unbalance 2015 Conference, Latorica Studio presents a 2-day transdisciplinary quest, a re-imagining of our environmental crises as opportunities for transformation toward earth-centred paradigms.


“Indeed, there are two possible attitudes towards the severe Poly-crisis of the present, 1…]: either we chose to remain prisoners inside the ‘double-binds’ of the simple binary thinking, the comfortable inertia that can lead to self-destruction, or we dare to convert the crisis into an opportunity to go beyond the frustrating contradictions and double-binds and to discover the marvellous complexity of our Reality.” (Morin quoted in Dincᾰ)


This workshop engages complexity, ruptures the linear and rational, and reaches into the unknown. As a group, we’ll aim to map out a blueprint for re-enchantment: we’ll be focusing specifically on `governance'; how do we re-enchant governing bodies/systems/structures toward an earth-centred paradigm which holds fluid respect for the Other. This is about discovering “the marvellous complexity of our Reality” (ibid.).


Practically, the workshop will employ several creative exercises, walking and dialogue sessions. Guided by transdisciplinary thinking, we’ll immerse ourselves in a 2-day mythological quest, using water as our central metaphor — the elixir of life. The aim of the workshop is to produce a piece that can be presented to governing bodies (such as the United Nations, National or State Environmental Departments, Companies and Communities), as a blueprint for working on the ground with complexity and in respect of the Other.

“In the long way towards yourself, you should rather explore the Other with the infinite of [their] being.”
(Nicolescu quoted in Dincᾰ.).


Inspired by one of the main goals of transdisciplinarity, ‘an awakening of consciousness’, this workshop will be a creative-knowledge-outcome-based investigation into the opportunity for water to be our re-enchantment. It is possible that the future of human potential will be determined most explicitly, by how (well) we relate with water: culturally (politically), biologically, and spiritually.

The 2-day workshop brings together a maximum of 12 participants, ideally with diverse/different ‘knowledge’, who will work collectively to produce a ‘poetic’ piece exemplifying the transdisciplinary vision toward the ‘unity of human knowledge’. The workshop itself will be practice-led, incorporating creative, walking and dialogue sessions, which are grounded in the transdisciplinary principles of rigour, open-mindedness and tolerance. The final materiality and content of the poetic piece will be determined by the intersections of participants and workshop practices. However, the piece will be framed within the ‘Charter of Transdisciplinarity’ and have the specific objective of re-imagining our global environmental crisis as an opportunity for transformation toward an earth-centred paradigm (whether manifested as interior or exterior realities).

Requirements: Participants are not required to possess specific experience or skills, but will need openness, alacrity, and be eager for the challenge of a 2-day quest. After registering, participants will be sent three readings to consider and asked to find one object, prior to the workshop.


$50 covers both days, including lunch and refreshments. Places limited to 12 participants — early registration recommended. 


Ilka Blue Nelson

My name is Ilka Blue Nelson. I do not belong to a watershed but come from generations of wanderers. As a Creative Ecologist I work at the intersections of cultural 8c biological diversity, particularly favoring river locales. My work is typical of an ecologist in that I am concerned... Read More →

Wednesday March 25, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm MST
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center at the Brickyard 699 South Mill Ave, Suite 108.

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