Bringing Consciousness to Art Practice
In this workshop, students will look at different approaches to infusing their art practices with conscious attention and presence.
In this workshop, students will look at different approaches to infusing their art practices with conscious attention and presence. Taking our lead from artists such as Bill Viola and Paul Reynard, from Buddhism and the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff, and from from the practices of Odyssey Works, we will discuss strategies for using art-making as a meditation practice. We will then apply these approaches in a series of writing exercises.
7:15-7:30 Ideas about presence and attention in art
7:30-7:45 Brief meditation + movement
7:45-8:00 Writing exercise
8:10-8:25 Writing exercise
8:25-8:30 Wrap up
ABRAHAM BURICKSON is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Works, a cross-genre collaborative of artists which continually strives to challenge and re-conceptualize traditional notions of experience design, performance, and the artist-audience relationship. The work, in which performances are made for small and intimately known audiences, has been called by the New York Times: “A beautiful inefficiency [for] a small but infinitely more affected audience.” Trained in architecture at Cornell University, Burickson’s work spans writing, design, performance, and sound art. His work has been profiled on NPR’s Studio 360, in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Rumpus, ArtInfo, Fast Company, Vulture, the Marina Abramovic Institute's Immaterial, Archinect, the Stanford Storytelling Project, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, ARTE television, Metro NY, Newsweek, and elsewhere.
Burickson was trained in Architecture at Cornell University, and received his MFA in Poetry and Playwriting from the UT Michener Center for Writers in 2008. He teaches writing in MICA, and architecture at the Academy of Art University, and maintains a small design practice. In 2010, Charlie, a collection of his poems, was published on Codhill Press. His book, co-written with Ayden LeRoux, Odyssey Works, Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, was just published by Princeton Architectural Press. Burickson makes his home in Baltimore, MD.