SoA examines connections between creative practice and notions of survival. In light of growing cultural, ecological and technological phenomena that challenge basic assumptions about human existence, SoA offers courses and programming that seek to develop new modes of inquiry and apply broader levels of experience to intellectual investigation.
SoA has no fixed definition of apocalypse or survival, but engages with the fundamental questions that the themes provoke. We understand the creative potential of a school to be a space in which shared experience generates deeper insights and can lead to alternative cultural systems.
The school invites a range of thinkers, artists and scientists to present programming on related themes. Subjects of study are theoretical as well as hands on, and emphasize the integration of observational and material practices found in mystical traditions, creative modalities and scientific field work.
We hope that people see the SoA as more than a program of study, but as a school of thought that exists already, albeit in disparate form, throughout culture at large.
While school activities vary in length, format, subject matter, and methodology, the following goals and guiding principles apply to all SoA programming, with the aim that participants and faculty:
* Define and redefine survival
* Broaden perceptive capacities
* Model alternative cultural systems
* Connect theory and practice
SoA pedagogical principles mean that courses are:
* Place-based, so that participants are fully engaged in the space and are active agents in creating and recreating the place in which the learning occurs
* Participatory, with opportunities for participants to influence the content or structure of the program
* Experiential, such that multiple modes of learning are engaged simultaneously
* Collaborative, so that a community of shared values emerges and the interconnections between self and other come to the fore
CURRICULUM - HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Anyone can participate in SoA programming at any time. The core platform for participation is the monthly meeting, which convenes the third Monday of every month. Each session centers around presentations and discussions led by invited speakers.
At the quarterly meetings, SoA opens itself to proposals from attendees who wish to bring projects for consideration to the larger group. People who present in the quarterly meeting should have participated in at least one of the monthly meetings. Based on a vote, select proposals are then invited to make expanded presentations at another session.
The third level of participation is the working group. Working groups convene around specific projects or areas of research to produce documentation in the form of writing, exhibits, podcasts, performances, campaigns etc. Working groups are organized by SoA members and appear on the calendar, and can also form spontaneously among meeting attendees who wish to collaborate on shared interests.
Membership in SoA is not necessary to participate in any of the formats, but people who are interested in defining a closer commitment to its purpose and vision are welcome to write letters outlining their desire to firstname.lastname@example.org