Seen and Unseen Rhythms: Field Lab Into Embodied Landscape (APA2007.01)

Alexis Elton

Exploring land based practice through the seasonal shifts, this course will focus on modes of sensory experiential learning and deep observation of the seen and unseen rhythms around us. How do we generate curiosities from the poetic to ecological in the landscape? Looking at land use, local seasonal food both wild and cultivated, ecological and cultural shifts over time and their human impacts. 

In taking this course we will develop experiments, research and methodologies to experience land as a form of placemaking. This discovered process through activating our senses will express itself in an interdisciplinary practice as we work with ecology, seasonal food, and our body as the season changes. Exploring Purple Carrot Farm and the surrounding acres as a space for experimentation into food, land use and labor. As the field becomes our lab the discovered observations will result in projects using a variety of mediums, such as food, cooking, writing, images, performance, and object making and potential community engagement. We will explore making our own tools to assist our experiments as we discover land on foot.  


Learning Outcomes:
Experimental research skills
Body mechanics, labor
Process driven land practice
Exploration through sensory learning
Seasonal food
Connecting to place through observation
Develop projects individually and collaboratively based on discovered experiences

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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