Location: West Marin, California
Mission: The Golden Dome is an experimental, nomadic school dedicated to investigating intentional living and art making as it relates to cultivating ideas for sustaining and optimizing life on Earth. Each school session varies in theme while consistently centering around the study of the spiritual dimensions within the natural sciences and the expansion of these insights into physical art practice.
The first incarnation of The Golden Dome School will have a performance based emphasis and will seek to explore the limits and boundaries for both an ontology of performance and the conceptualization of it’s relationship to environment. Through ritual, consecration, meditation, and movement exercises we will learn to perform the Fool’s Journey as described in the Tarot.
How does art embody questioning? In what ways does the tarot bridge the gap between healing, art, and performance? How can our art contribute to cultural and psychic hygiene for the benefit of our planet? How can environment be investigated through the practice of art making in such a way that these questions cannot only be asked, but be lived as well?
In traversing boundaries of representation, embodiment, sustainability, and consciousness the first Dome gathering seeks to provide its community with expansive methodologies for reconciling our selves and our work to each other and to our world.
We are interested in engaging selected artists in a co-creative environment of experimental pedagogy that fosters community, collaboration, feedback, close living, and the collapse of boundaries between life and art. This two-week session will consist of workshops, collaborative art exercises, visits to performance and meditation centers, hikes, and lectures offered by visiting artists, curators, witches, and tarot practitioners. We will then create a group performance based on our findings which will debut at “First Friday” in Oakland, California.
The Golden Dome School for Performing Planetary Rites will take place at Raven’s Crossing; a queer land project located in West Marin County devoted to alternative agriculture, primitive skill-sharing, and radical social/political projects.
Cost: $400 – $600 sliding scale includes workshops, food, and accommodation
Application Fee: No Application Fee
Number of Artists: Up to 7 artists
Length of Stay: 2 weeks at the end of July 2014
Accommodations: Raven’s Crossing consists of a long house that sleeps four, and a cabin that sleeps two. There is one compostable toilet, a rustic kitchen, a stage, an outdoor shower, an outdoor hot tub, and no electricity. Participants in this iteration of the Golden Dome School will be required to unplug entirely for two weeks.
Demographic/Medium: The Golden Dome School For Performing Planetary Rites is open to all artists who are interested in engaging mysticism, performance, and environmentalism will be selected for participation in The Golden Dome experiment.
Benefits: Artists will learn the basics of the tarot, meditation techniques, and will get to explore what it means to live communally off the grid in beautiful Marin County – in addition to producing a public performance.
Deadline: May 5
Acceptance Rate: n/a