School of Apocalypse examines the 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 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.
Working Group Archive:
These are insane times. There's just too much content in circulation. Maybe we don't need to add anymore. Maybe we make worlds simply by turning our attention. Maybe listening differently is today's most creative act. How can be receptive in a world that is often so hostile? This working group considered artworks that manifest as observational or contemplative practices, that flip the roles of the artist and active listener. It sought out a curriculum of observational practices and undertook them.
Bodies Intersect Buildings Vol. III continued its work in bringing together artists, architects, and ecologists to consider the ways in which bodies learn, transmit knowledge, carry histories, and build futures while exploring how built and unbuilt environments shape our physical, social and emotional bodies and behaviors.
An experiential investigation into how to connect with the sacred for species survival during hyper mediated and culturally blended times in New York City. As a group, we explored terms and defined sacred as: deeper presence, vulnerability, intention, and acknowledgment of the self in another. Each meeting informed the chapter for the next.
Choreographies for Survival working group investigated the resilient body and the generative culture space that emerges between bodies that engage in creative acts together. The group process culminated in a performative intervention at a Groupmuse classical music concert, presented at Pioneer Works.
The Survival Library working group aimed to consolidate and contribute to an ongoing collection of publications and media works centered around the personal narratives of W/Q/T/POC.
We explored various aspects of how artistic practice and theory aids in the development of human-centric ecosystems, their biological functionality and the implementation of a living artistic form as a tool for habitat survival and stability.
Our Quarterly Meeting is coming up, which means that working groups will be presenting projects and research from the last 3 months. Come for a potluck dinner at Sunview and presentations.
We will have an open conversation about the role of education and the function of schools in our current era. This is a potluck, so bring beer/wine/food to share.
This month, we are hosted by Robert C. Beck and Sarah Max Beck of Studio Hydrostatic a bio-art research studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We'll explore the relationship between creative practices and systems engineering. We will learn about techniques in life support design, and think through the relationships between ecology, culture, and aesthetics.
Come for dinner at Sunview Luncheonette with School of Apocalypse. Bring food or drinks to share. Meet other people from the SoA community: artists, thinkers, makers, etc. all connecting creative practice and notions of survival.
We will hear and discuss presentations of working group proposals. All are welcome to join working groups and do not need to have attended prior meetings.
School of Apocalypse is proud to be participating in this event at Pioneer Works, a moment for creative activists and politically-inclined artists to reflect on a year of bad politics, and to gather energy, develop clarity, and make plans for the long fight ahead.
The next opportunity to submit proposals for Working Groups is here. Proposals must be submitted in writing by October 6, 10 days ahead of our Quarterly Meeting on October 16 at the Brooklyn Museum.
Join us for a School of Apocalypse Monthly Meeting held at the Brooklyn Museum. We will consider the notion of urgency today: how it guides our thinking, directs our action, and affects our bodies. [RSVP required]
A multi-day field trip to the Catskills to consider new approaches to making culture in a time of crisis.
Come hear the next five Working Groups present at Sunview Luncheonette this Monday, June 19 at 7pm. The SoA community is full of incredible people connecting creative practice with notions of survival, and this event will be a chance to get a look at a great selection of new work.
The word survival means "to live in spite of" (supervivere). What is it that we’re living in spite of? What is the kind of living we’re aiming for? Join School of Apocalypse for its May monthly meeting, and hear how some of the working groups have been considering these questions.
Join the Choreographies for Survival working group at Pioneer Works for a unique musical experience. The goal of this event is to engage the senses in deep modes of observation, using classical music as the medium for expanding, heightening, and investigating one’s perceptive capacities and for improving one’s skill of listening.
The April monthly meeting will be hosted by the Mycological Research Playgroup. We'll be meeting artists and designers who are building with mycelium, and exploring the many capacities of mushrooms ("the interface organisms between life and death”) - in medicine, mycorestoration, mycofabrication, myth, etc.
What is essential? What is our power? What are our best tools for transformation in dangerous and uncertain times?
On this somber galvanizing presidents day, come learn about / join the School of Apocalypse Working Groups, launching this month in response to all this craziness.
We’ll discuss the working group proposal process (which will take place in February) as well as opportunities to be more involved in the leadership/ organization of the programming.
Working groups will be presenting projects and research from the last 3 months.
We will be continuing our post-election conversation and considering the role of education in healing and moving forward.
We are reeling at the election results, and imagine you are too. We are asking what this means for our work and lives together. We will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday evening at 7:30, at Pioneer Works.
October’s meeting will consider disorientation as a tool/strategy/practice in creative work and cultural evolution. We will define our own associations, consider some historic perspectives, and discuss possible tactics for dealing with creative uncertainty.
Join the Flag Working Group of School of Apocalypse for a public flag-making workshop and discussion on the themes of survival, creativity, boundaries, and imagined futures. With fabric, sewing machines, buttons, and string, we will make flags in the style of a shelter-half, capable of serving as workwear, school uniform, and easily strung up to make a tent.
The topic of discussion will be 'Animal' and will begin with 5-7 minute prompts by artists David Rothenberg and Mark Dion, and historian Katherine McLeod. Topics of conversation include: “non-human” consciousnesses, the wild, nature/culture, transgression and the profane, the soul and the soulless, colonialism and taxonomy, domestication and domination, competition and extinction.
We will be led by Eugenia Manwelyan- ecologist, choreographer, educator, and SoA faculty member- through an embodied conversation investigating all the ways in which movement is political and ideological.
Ou field trip to the Parrish Museum on July 16 includes transportation and a guided tour of Radical Seafaring with curator Andrea Grover.
We will be joined by Mary Mattingly, the artist behind SWALE, and Andrea Grover, curator of the Radical Seafaring exhibit at the Parrish Museum. After a short introduction to their work we will have a chance to discuss how we live in relation to a natural world from which we are detached not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. The artists in the show apply direct engagement strategies that remove this distance and reconsider the notion of the artist's studio as separate from the world.