Camilla Nelson


Exploding Human Language

Group A (June 8, 09.45 – 11.15))

Limit: 10


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This workshop explores continuities and differences between the sounds, marks and movements of humans and trees. This workshop asks participants to embody what it is to make a sound/mark/movement like and tree and then with a tree. We explore the differences and similarities of getting to know a tree through mimesis – translating tree marks/sounds/movements into human marks/sounds/movements – and collaboration – a working with a tree to create marks/sounds/movements. What do we learn about ourselves and about these trees through this creative process? After this initial exploration participants will be invited to devise short performances combining sound,movement and mark-making with a tree to share with the rest of the group as they feel comfortable. Participants will then be invited to pair up to develop their work collabroatively. We will end with a sharing of work and a discussion of the way in which these processes of encounter are able to deconstruct our understanding of language as the sole repository or defining feature of human being and consider to what extent our collective performances might be regarded as a form of interspecies language-making and/or communication.

Mobility is required either by wheels or on foot. Some experience of writing and/or performance would be useful but not essential.

Camilla Nelson is a language artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines. Her current work includes Reading Movement, a series of movement language works including collaborative and solo performances as well as page-based publications (long-listed for The Leslie Scalapino Award 2016). Camilla has two collections out this year, Apples & Other Languages (long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize) with Knives Forks and Spoons and A Yarn Er Narrative published by Contraband. Camilla is founding editor of Singing Apple Press. Her research uses an entropic approach to language to investigate and reform human and other-than-human relations.