Oxy alumni and California poet, Robinson Jeffers, has been called the Prophet of Place. During the Fall of 2009, writer/director Corey Madden with support from Occidental College’s National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” grant will lead an independent study course to investigate and creatively respond to Jeffers’ artistic legacy with 15 students using themes drawn from his poetry.
Students can enroll in a participatory nine (9) week workshop where they will learn about creating inter-disciplinary performance and engaging with diverse communities. Students will develop skills in devising and composition; two techniques of this kind of performative work. Students will explore themes (such as sustainability), compositional elements (such as natural elements, music, movement, environments) and the work of artists including Jeffers, but also Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy and Isamu Noguchi and environmental writers such as John McPhee.
From this creative and critical engagement students will create their own multi/inter-disciplinary performances and installations that will be presented on the campus for the public and Oxy community (November 1-7, 2009.) Contact Corey Madden via Dale Stieber @ firstname.lastname@example.org