Thursday, March 1, 2012

The School of Making Thinking / Residency Program for Artists and Academics

Dear Students:

This announcement was sent directly to Draper as the organizers thought it would be of particular interest to our students. Please note, however, that the School of Making Thinking is not affiliated with Draper or NYU.


The School of Making Thinking / Residency Program for Artists and Academics

Application deadline: April 1, 2012

LOCATION: The Yellow House B&B (near Roscoe, NY)

Organizers: Aaron Finbloom, Abraham Nowitz, Claire Epstein

Program dates:

Session A June 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012

Session B July 2, 2012 – July 15, 2012

Session C July 16, 2012 – July 30, 2012

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The School of Making Thinking (SMT) is a summer residency program where artists and academics think, create, and live together in a communal setting. SMT’s mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to create original work that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making and thinking.

Our program asks: How does art deepen thought and provoke questioning? And how is thinking enacted through creative mediums? By bringing artists and academics together in an interdisciplinary space, SMT seeks to blur the line between these two conventionally distinct practices and to challenge the limits of each.

The School of Making Thinking sets itself apart from traditional residency programs in three important respects.

First, SMT participants hail from a far more diverse range of disciplines. Our alumni are botanists, dancers, playwrights, painters, poets, philosophers, fiction writers, audio documentarians, filmmakers, performance artists, and PhD candidates from English and American Studies departments. Second, collaboration is an essential component of each participant’s project. Third, SMT is a school in which participants teach and learn from one another.

Applicants are asked to submit a project proposal. It may be a work-in-progress, a brand new idea, or a work in its final stages. Completion of one’s project during the residency is not the goal. Rather, the focus at SMT is placed on development, exploration and experimentation. Projects vary greatly, but generally include three essential components. First, each project asks a fundamental question about ourselves or our world. (How do the stories we tell shape our experience of the world? What is a good death? How do biological brain activity and emotional response interact as memories are recalled?) Second, each project seeks to answer its question through one or more creative / intellectual practices—research, writing, conversation, photography, building, painting, meditation, filmmaking, performance, etc. Third, each project includes a collaborative component through which the rest of the SMT community can participate, challenge and contribute to the work.

Please visit our website for more information-

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