Past Workshops

The Summer 2017 (Pilot) Class Session was 2 weeks, from Monday, July 24 – Saturday, August 5. Below are some images from this time (we will be adding ephemera and more soon!), as well as the original descriptions of the workshop classes. 

If you’re interested in joining the next Cabbage School Summer Session as a participant, host, or otherwise, please email us.

Summer 2017 Classes:

MAPPING

In this class, we will explore questions of maps and territories. We will practice our drafting skills and learn about maps by making them. Maps also indicate a territory and, in our desire to invent maps, it is evident we will also want to exercise our feet, to discover territories.

As we draw and explore, we will inevitably be *drawn in* to the maps we make and the territories these maps disclose for and around us. This is all to say that maps make the invisible visible and, in doing so, the process of mapping must invent new sensibilities and engage with a world that we have yet to encounter.

Returning from the field, we might find ourselves compelled to ‘make sense’ of the strange, wild territory we just tumbled out of, or we may grapple with how much of the world feels all too ‘obvious’, as if it is already organized and determined by a preexisting mapping process. Both of these tendencies guide our inquiry, which is already a critical practice in ‘counter-mapping’ and a means to unlearn our habitual ways of seeing and engaging with the world.

LIVING LIBRARY

A library is a collection of similar things, a space designed for use and an inventory of resource and time. The Cabbage School Living Library Workshop is a balanced, well-rounded approach to the wide subject of “Library” inquiry via:

–mind/body/spirit
–physical/material/tangible
–creative/critical/conceptual

Our tactics include (but are not limited to):

–design, build, and conceptualize a physical library and archive space
–production of zine(s)- documentation and archive of the
summer session
–collaboration with other classes
–land, plant, resource inventory (plant ID and collection walks, etc)
–personal documentation, studio practice, discussion

THREADS ON AND OFF THE LOOM

The process of making lines and weaving them into planes is a fundamental pattern of human interaction with materials and environment.  Just as diffuse fibrous material is spun into thread, so a wayfarer defines a path through a diffuse and undifferentiated environment.  Eventually, the paths of various people weave together communities; agricultural, cultural and economic systems, and landmark.  At the same time, this information and begins overwhelm as it accumulates passing back into the unified fabric of a landscape.  So too, the weaving threads, while still observable to the keen eye in their grid of warp and woof, become lost and merely “cloth”.

This project will investigate the form of weaving not only as a metaphor but directly as a method for understanding the complex relations between body, material, and place. Working experimentally, we will establish a dynamic cultural and ecological relation to the cabbage school through the use of fiber, spinning wheels, looms, and embodied techniques from the experimental performance tradition.  In this way, movement, voice, wool, and the flow of our bodies will be spun, woven, and dissolve again into the evolving fabric of the cabbage school.
BE PREPARED FOR A WILD RIDE, seriously.

and there’s that sweet WEEKEND FESTIVAL July 29th- 30th

The middle weekend is a time for the school to be open and available especially to the larger community and those unable to attend the duration of the entire session. The cabbage school during that time will be hosting a festival that will include a potluck, music, dancing and storytelling along with other big and small events during the weekend.

(all photographs on this page by lydia see)