"Wanderings, Musings and the Art of Getting Lost" Workshop with Jean Marie Casbarian

Through daily excursions we will approach the poetics of walking as a medium for studio production.  We will wander in and out of urban space and along its edges and ask ourselves what it means to get lost in or on the square, the park, the wood, the river.  Finding inspiration from the flaneur of the 19th century to the current day walking artist, we will walk together and we will walk alone, we will make and we will write, culminating in our shared imagination of experience.

We will explore a wide range of artists, writers, and walkers including the Situationists (Guy Debord, Simon Sadler), Andre Breton, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Eugene Atget, Edward Muybridge, Bruce Nauman, Simon Pope, Sophie Calle, Richard Long, Nicolas Dumit Estavez, Henry David Thoreau, and Walter Benjamin, among others.


Jean Marie Casbarian was born to an Armenian father and a German mother on a military weapons testing ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Her nomadic lifestyle has led her through various lives in the U.S. including Chicago, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York. She received her MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College in New York where she focused on interdisciplinary installation practices and incorporates photography, film and video, sound, sculpture, and performance into her artworks. Along with exhibiting her works throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, and Asia, she has received a number of awards and artist residencies including a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Grant, a Research/Studio Art Associate with Five-Colleges, Inc., Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination, The LaNapoule Foundation Grant in LaNapoule, France, the Chicago Artist’s Assistance Project Grant, and an Associateship with The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. As an educator, Casbarian is core faculty and advisor with Transart Institute as well as the ICP-Bard MFA program and the General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography.  She has taught in the film and photography departments at Hampshire College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Colorado. She currently lives and works in New York City.

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