“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“We cannot change the world alone. To heal ourselves, to restore the earth to life, to create the situations in which freedom can flourish, we must work together in groups.” – Starhawk
“Without community, there is no liberation.” – Audre Lorde
Applications will be accepted in a rolling basis until August 15th.
For our ninth artist-in-residence session we will be working with the Tarot card “Justice” where we are introduced to the mysteries of law, order, balance, and equilibrium.
The figure pictured as “Justice” on most Tarot decks is modeled after the ancient Egyptian Goddess Ma’at, with her balancing scales and magic feather (often pictured as a sword). The concept of Ma’at, which is personified as a Goddess, is a more fluid and pervasive notion than ‘justice’ or ‘law’ as we now understand these words. Ma’at is the ultimate force that operates the cosmos – she is an energy that maintains balance, regulates the movements of the stars and the cycles of the seasons, keeps cycles of life and death in balance, and creates complex, synergistic, and self-regulating systems of order that maintain creation. Ma’at’s ideological opposite is Isfet – injustice, chaos, and violence. During this artist intensive, we will seek to understand how principles of justice and balance can be found in ourselves, our communities, our world, our planet, and our cosmos, as well as navigating our relationship with Isfet – injustice, chaos, and violence. Through combined practices of performance, community building and magic making, we will study the balancing forces in nature as they pertain to renewal and revolution.
We will be living communally in a house in the Catskills for a one week session that consists of a series of performance centered art exercises, tarot instruction, sound healing, intuitive development exercises, and lectures offered by visiting artists. We will do a group performance at the end of week. All Golden Dome gatherings seek to provide our community with expansive methodologies for reconciling our selves and our work to each other and our world. Please see the syllabus for detailed information on course offerings.
The syllabus is available here.
Chiron Armand is a multidisciplinary artist and spirit-initiated shaman bridging indigenous wisdom and contemporary culture. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Ritual Anthropology and Queer Studies from Hampshire College. Khi is the founder of Impact Shamanism, and is a spirit-initiated shaman holding additional initiations in such New World traditions as Haitian Vodou (Houngan Asogwe), Brazilian Quimbanda (com licensa), and the Unnamed Path. He is a trained hoodoo root doctor in the Southern Conjure tradition and is the author of Deliverance!: Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, and Protection and Clearing Spaces: Inspirational Techniques to Heal Your Home.
Mireya Lucio is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, performer, and educator from Puerto Rico based in Los Angeles. A trained actor, singer, and physical performer (BFA Tisch/NYU; Moscow Art Theatre; MFA CalArts), she allows amateur and do-it-yourself aesthetics to disturb established modes of theatrical performance, creating space for the transformation of embodied research into ritual acts of decolonization.
Linda Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.
Cory Nakasue is a multidisciplinary movement educator and artist, writer, and astrologer based in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Cory received a MA in Critical Studies in Performance from Middlesex University and did her graduate work in theatre at CalArts. Her movement background includes extensive studies and experience in dance, yoga, Pilates, somatic therapy and pain science. Her writing and performance work has been produced/published internationally at outlets that include BOMB, California Museum of Photography, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Place (UK), and Aligned Magazine. She is an education developer at Yoga Lab in Kingston, NY where she also co-runs Gemini Hill, an artist retreat and community garden. Cory works as an astrological counselor and teacher in the evolutionary and psychological traditions. She is a regular guest on the radio talk show MINDFUL with Shawn Harrison.
Lavender Suarez is a sound artist, healer and educator based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Lavender regularly facilitates sound healing workshops and has been a featured speaker at The Rubin Museum, MoMA PS1, Maha Rose, RPI University, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. In the spring of 2016, she taught a ten-week class for children about the scientific and artistic aspects of sound. Lavender is a certified member of the Sound Healers Association, is certified in Tibetan Usui Reiki.
Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Hindu cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School, and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. Eliza has lectured at UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, Central St Martins, CalArts, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. She has contributed critical writing to BOMB, Arthur, Contemporary Art Review LA, and Perfect Wave Magazines. Eliza is also the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.