"Holding Patterns" workshop with jean marie Casbarian


To Hold:

Hold me close while I hold my breath—

What does it mean to hold, to be held, or to exist in a holding pattern? This workshop will set out to explore a broader definition of the word, holding, and the various ways in which we can apply a visual and/or auditory response to its many idiosyncratic meanings.

Throughout the week we will examine and discuss visual and performing artists, filmmakers, composers and writers who are exploring notions around love and interconnections, the concept of time, mapping and cartography. Daily field assignments that range from the physical (another body/an object) to the geographical (aircraft/transportation/cartography) will be explored and executed.

For inspiration, we will read and discuss short essays, prose and diary writings that speak to this theme including readings by Roland Barthes, Marguerite Duras, David Wojnarowicz, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Georges Perec, to name a few.


Jean Marie Casbarian is an artist and educator who after receiving her MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art low residency program, found the alternative education model to be uniquely expansive, unencumbered and holistic - one that cultivates new artistic perspectives through the process of conceiving a topic of study, to the art of writing a syllabus, to the various methodologies that she utilizes to instill a deeper level of thinking among her students.  Over the years she has found that in the end, all avenues converge and eventually lead her back and into her own studio practice. Casbarian is currently on faculty at Transart Institute (Berlin/New York), the ICP-Bard MFA Program, and the International Center of Photography Full-Time Programs in New York. Her interdisciplinary works are widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

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