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Biosphere & Beyond Making & Moving

Thoughts on Eco-poetics and Prepositions

I really enjoyed today’s “eco-poetics” writing workshop (facilitated by Kristin Prevallet) focused on & problematizing prepositions. Language is somatic, isn’t it? Why does the english language have more prepositions than any other language, and what might it have to do with containment and possibly oppression and colonization? At the end of the workshop we were prompted to create a “list poem,” in which every line of the poem starts with a preposition. At least that is what I understood the prompt to be. Here I’ll share my raw, unedited writing response. What do you think about prepositions, the way they live in your body, shape your perception and worldview and consciousness? Or is your consciousness shaped by your language full of prepositions? For folks who speak languages other than english, I’m particularly eager to hear your thoughts about prepositions and whether they also have a function in your language. 
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Preposition Poem 6/23/20

unlike me
toward the future seeking subterfuge
around the maypole came crashing down
above ground, sucking up air
inside the system, esophagus 
to the mayor and council people:
until “we” get what we want 
during the lockdown of course
into you into the earth into plantations
despite doesn’t paint a picture or locate you
beneath a fallen statue or a conflicted heart
except when your great great great grandfather 
through the garden of eden
behind the tree & the woman behind the words of grass
among the knowledge we never wanted
upon the bodies and animal bones we broke
at the end of all reasons and roads and logic
by the chaos in our hats and drawers
for the undoing of doing itself
between the weeds and the Hydrangeas 
within the voices of the beautiful ghosts of the Forest Farm
within the spores of the intergalactic beings
without the illusion
“without a body or a numb and useless mind”
by Larkin Grimm who told me to learn harp circa 1984, circa 
Juneteenth which they never taught me about in school
about time about face
besides the flowers seed themselves
without our help
unlike the colonial bricks fashioned to kill
the mysterious plants
unlike their own knowable allies

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Making & Moving Somatics & Hypnotherapy

Dream. Draw. Dance.

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Update: previously scheduled for April 2, 2020 this workshop has been postponed indefinitely. The idea has, for now, transformed into an online collective dream journal, and also includes a 20 minute guided somatic dream exploration (click “prompts/guidance” and scroll to the bottom). Please share this project with anyone who may be interested, the more dreams the merrier!

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This workshop combines therapeutic, expressive, and deep listening methods based in Process-Oriented Psychology (specifically the Dreambody approach defined by Arny Mindell), somatic awareness, and Butoh-inspired movement techniques. Through a combination of guided dialogue, drawing, and somatic movement exercises supported by the live improvised soundscapes of composer and ambient musician Mikronesia, participants will delve full-bodied into various aspects of their dreams in order to discover the hidden gifts present in even the most disturbing of nightmares. The evening will begin with an optional offering of Mugwort tea. 

The workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in dream work and movement, and especially for those who benefit from artistic, relational, and group support when diving into the psyche and soma. 

NOTES/THINGS TO CONSIDER: 

In preparation for the workshop, you may want to begin or continue a practice of writing down your nighttime dreams. For the workshop, please come with one or two dreams you’d like to explore in depth. You can also select to work with an important dream (or the first dream) that you remember having as a child. Nightmares, disturbing dreams, and dreams that involve body parts or physical responses are especially welcome. 

While therapeutic in nature, this workshop is not group psychotherapy. For especially potent dream material, it may be wise to seek out additional support from individual therapists, analysts, counselors, bodyworkers, etc. 

Please wear comfortable clothing, layers recommended. Paper and basic drawing materials will be provided, but you may also wish to bring your own paper/notebook and favorite drawing materials. 

Some exercises will occur in partners/duos – feel free to come with somebody with whom you already know you’re comfortable sharing dreams, or feel free to come on your own ready to get to know somebody new! 

Window Room Accessibility Notes 

FACILITATOR-ARTIST BIOS: 

Victoria Maria Moyer is a transdisciplinary artist, facilitator, hypnotherapist, somatic bodyworker/therapist-in-training, gardener, and environmental enthusiast. Victoria’s facilitation methods are most influenced by trainings and experiences in Butoh, drama therapy and physical theatre, Polyvagal theory, somatic modalities of therapy, processwork, trauma-informed art-making, outdoor embodied education, and dance-witnessing modalities like Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance. 

Mikronesia

Composer and sound artist Michael Reiley (Mikronesia) explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening. Often creating his acousmatic works from field recordings processed and composed into multilayered, multi-textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography.” This process involves site-specific recordings of physical locations, re-imagined using digital processing techniques analogous to photographic development and collage. His aim is to reframe the everyday world both as grand statement that stretches out in all directions of time and as ephemeral instant of precious connection. His compositions have been strongly influenced by his daily practice of meditation, as well as Deep Listening–the integrative sound practice of composer Pauline Oliveros. In 2016 he completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros. 

Over the past four years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and India gathering recording for the Echozoo project and teaching with his Deep Listening and Somatic based workshop, called Listening Bodies. He is currently a teacher at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  He is also studying to become a certified therapeutic musician with the Music for Healing and Transition Program, which serves the ill and dying with live music for healing, or life-to-death transitioning in hospice.
http://mikronesia.com