Nocturne Altar Hack: Wild Designs for New Eco-rituals
Nocturne is a series of wild altars meant to be experienced at dusk, dawn, or at night. It is a network of mycorrhizal collaborations with more-than-human ecosystems that offer opportunities for generating new eco-rituals.
Nocturne is a series of wild altars meant to be experienced at dusk, dawn, or at night. It is a network of mycorrhizal collaborations with more-than-human ecosystems that offer opportunities for generating new rituals.
Rooted in intimate experiences with the elements, landscape, seascape, and more-than-human species, each site calls upon a specific and ephemeral moment of sensory collaboration: times when the sun, light, sound, and scent coalesce through the senses of the human body to produce sublime or ordinary but intimate moments.
Join artist Isabel Beavers to launch an ongoing, feral, and experimental public art project: Nocturne. During this two hour workshop participants will design their own wild altars to engage in new eco-rituals. Beavers will share her process for site-selection, altar design, and temporal engagement.
Workshop participants will contribute to a global network of wild altars, generating worldwide practices for momentary eco-spiritual gestures. Participants may also generate point cloud models of their altars using photogrammetry and contribute to a virtual archive of wild altars, commemorating the more-than-human species we collaborate with. Following this project launch, the network of wild altars become an experiment in collective care-taking.
🌊How to prepare for the workshop🌊
Background reading that might be useful and interesting:
Arturo Escobar, ‘Designs for the Pluriverse’ – Chapter 3: In the Background of Our Culture and Chapter 5: Design for Transitions
Isabel Beavers, ‘How to Nocturne’ PDF
✨ Please note that Isabel’s Nocturne workshop is part of a research work organised in collaboration with the CreaTures project. We will send details about the research to all registered participants but if you have any questions already now, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ✨
ISABEL BEAVERS is a transdisciplinary artist and creative producer based in Los Angeles. Her work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation + new media. Beavers’ work has been presented, exhibited, and screened at New York Hall of Science (2020), CultureHub LA (2020), SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery (2020), MIT Museum (2019), Icebox Project Space (2019), Framingham State University (2018), Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin Thaer-Institut (2018), Mountain Time Arts (2017), Emerson Media Arts Center (2017) among others. She has held workshops at the Hammer Museum (2020) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (2019). She holds an MFA from the SMFA at Tufts University and a BS from the University of Vermont. She is currently a 2019-20 Resident Artist with CultureHub LA and 2020 SciArt Ambassador with SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery. She is currently Youth Development Specialist with artworxLA.