Join faculty and workshop participants for a celebration of their creativity, inquiry, and work together over the course of the week. Work will be shared from Sewing with Fish Skin, Ancient Weaving Technology, The Art and Mechanic of Song, and Water, Ecology, and Landscape. Event will be held in the Del Shirley room; reception to follow.
The haunting Gallego-Portuguese cantigas de amigo are an all-but-lost piece of a love lyric tradition dating back to the ninth-century. Hundreds of medieval texts have survived but until the early 20th century, the melodies of these songs were forgotten. In 1914, six songs from the 13th century with notated melodies were discovered hidden within a book binding by a Madrid bookseller. These songs are part of a dialogue between oral and written music that is still present in folk tradition, fado and composed music. For more than twenty years, vocalist and educator Cristi Catt has researched the cantigas and their cousins in oral and written traditions. A two-time Luso-American Foundation grant recipient, Catt has traveled to Portugal and northern Spain to further her studies and immerse herself in the culture and environs of these songs. Catt will share her experience with these songs as a performer, improviser, arranger and collaborator with composers and fellow improvisers. The audience will have the opportunity to hear, sing and improvise with the melodies and modes of these unique songs.
Artist Audrey Armstrong will share stories and images from growing up in a village on the Yukon River, and the art of subsistence and traditional lifestyles. She will share samples of her work, her creative process as an artist, and discuss the journey of turning a fish skin into a beautiful and strong textile.
In this talk Professor Gerard Kuperus will explore the meaning of place. What does a place mean to us today? How have places today become moldable "plastic" entities in which most places in the world turn into the same? These homogeneous places are contrasted with "native" notions of places, in which we find a very close relation to places as it is expressed, among other things, in language and stories. Through these explorations of place, the talk will explain the notion of "ecopolitical homelessness" (the title of Kuperus' recent book), the idea that we need to seriously reconsider our place in the world in order to save it.
Hydrologist and professor Christina Cianfrani will discuss her work with low impact development projects, particularly the Kern Center at Hampshire College, which was built to the Living Building Challenge standard. With a specific focus on water, she will talk about how humans interact with the environment, how we can minimize our environmental impact, and how we can incorporate sustainable practices into our own homes and lives.
Artist Teri Rofkar will share three woven pieces that explore the contemporary relationship between art and science. The Tlingit Superman Series is a project that weaves modern composite materials into traditional Tlingit regalia. The series features the first all mountain goat robe made in over 200 years, that also illustrates the DNA sequence of the mountain goats themselves. Other pieces in the series include regalia made out of Kevlar, programmable fiberoptics, and nanocarbon fiber. Rofkar's work provides commentary on the political and cultural landscapes of indigenous people today.
Join us at the Sitka Performing Arts Center for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp production of Guys and Dolls! $20 general/$15 students & seniors. Tickets available at Old Harbor Books or at the door. Note: Show is free for workshop participants.