SAN FRANCISCO ANIMAL LESSONS
Presented during the month of July 2008 at SFMoMA for Animal Estates 4.0: San Francisco
SUNDAY WEEKLY WORKSHOPS & EVENTS, 11am - 3pm:
#1 / Sunday, July 6 / California Slender Salamander with MICHELLE KOO / garments with FERAL CHILDE
#2 / Sunday, July 13 / Peregrine Falcon with ALLEN FISH/ sound with CARSON BELL, California Library of Natural Sounds
#3 / Sunday, July 20 / California Quail (Callipepla californica) with ALAN S. HOPKINS / movement with Terre Parker and Taira Restar of ANNA HALPRIN'S SEA RANCH COLLECTIVE
#4 / Sunday, July 27 / California Sea-Lion ( Zalophus californianus) with ANN BAUER, The Marine Mammal Center / stories with 826 Valencia
ANIMAL LESSONS #1: SALAMANDERS & GARMENTS / Sunday, July 6 (Family Studio session)
11am - 1pm: Presentation & estate making workshop about animal client 4.1: California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) with MICHELLE KOO
1pm - 3pm: Animal inspired garment making workshop with FERAL CHILDE
Salamander Portrait Studio: In this workshop, participants will create salamander-garments as well as garments representing salamander prey, predators, and habitat elements. Participants will do a drawing exercise with Feral Childe, choosing something to create, drawing "fashion sketches," then selecting the appropriate fabric and other materials to interpret the salamander's skin, or elements in its habitat (someone could make a costume to be a log, a pile of leaves, etc.) At the end of the workshop we will all convene to photograph a living portrait of everyone in their costumes. Costumes, photographs, and other elements will be left on display at SFMOMA in the Animal Estates Headquarters geodesic dome tent for the month of July. Anyone will be able to come in and try things on!
ANIMAL LESSONS #2: FALCONS & SOUNDS / Sunday, July 13
11am - 1pm: Presentation & estate making workshop about animal client 4.3: Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus) with ALLEN FISH
1pm - 3pm: Animal music and sound workshop with CARSON BELL, California Library of Natural Sounds
The sound workshop will begin with performances of the California Quail, Peregrine Falcon, and California Sea-Lion (unfortunately the Salamander doesn't really make any sounds). This will include basic ambient habitat sounds and maybe some other species that would cause the animal to make a vocalization, focusing on the interaction between the animals.(Sea-Lion interactions will be like a symphony!)
This will be followed by Boombox Experiment. The visitors that attend the workshop will be given numbered CD or Tape boomboxes upon entry. The visitors will then stand in a predetermined spot on the floor with a number that corresponds to the number on the boombox. They will be instructed by the conductor to press play on the boombox in a specific order. The tapes or CDs in the boombox will then play a synchronized and choreographed soundscape. The boomboxes would act as a 360 degree PA system that will replicate the animals movements in the wild. For example, the sound of the California Quail will "run across the room", much as it would run across the road in the wild. Visitors will not only hear the sounds in stereo, but also hear how the animals would move in the space, almost like they are right in front of us.
ANIMAL LESSONS #3: QUAILS & MOVEMENT / Sunday, July 20 (Family Studio session)
11am - 1pm: Presentation & estate making workshop about animal client 4.2: California Quail (Callipepla californica) with ALAN S. HOPKINS
1pm - 3pm: Animal movement workshop with Terre Parker and Taira Restar of ANNA HALPRIN'S SEA RANCH COLLECTIVE
Can you walk like a salamander? Can you run like a quail? Can you dive like a falcon? Can you swim like a sea lion? People of any age are welcome in the Animal Movement in which we will explore the essential movements of these four native animals. Using Anna Halprin's dance approach, we will get in touch with our bodies and creatively play with animal movements as we make our own dances. This workshop is designed for adults and children alike.
ANIMAL LESSONS #4: SEA LIONS & STORIES / Sunday, July 27
11am - 1pm: Presentation & estate making workshop about animal client 4.4: California Sea-Lion (Zalophus californianus) with ANN BAUER, The Marine Mammal Center1pm - 3pm: Local animal writing workshop with KENDYLL NAOMI PAPPAS & EUGENIE HOWARD-JOHNSTON, 826 Valencia
Writing Prompt - A Day in the Life. . . What if a group of sea lions moved into your neighborhood? Would you invite them over for dinner? Could a hoard of hawks be seen with you and your friends at the movies? What would you do if humans really did start living in harmony with the animals whose houses were here before our own? Well, now you have the opportunity to imagine such a place! We will write stories about friends of many feathers and forms, creating unique and awesome places with words and pictures.