Biospheric Art Practice

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Photos by Kirk Schwartz

Biospheric Art Practice is a periodic gathering of artists in changing locations in the greater Victoria area. The focus is listening, seeing and sensing elements of the non-human biosphere in specific locations.

Musicians, dancers, photographers, videographers, poets, performance artists, writers … any one is welcome to witness or participate.

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The practice begins with a simple listening, sensing or movement exercise. The intention is not to impose cultural or artistic content into the biosphere, but to listen, meld and merge.

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Biospheric Art Practice grew out of the regular improvisation practice of LaSaM Music and Experimental Music Unit, and discussions with personnel at Media Net (Kirk Schwartz, Catlin Lewis and Peter Sandmark) about opening a dialogue between visual and sonic media through regular exploratory art practice. Exploratory art practice is not necessarily a rehearsal for a specific production or goal, but more an ongoing conversation, in materials, tools and motivations, with art practitioners.

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This kind of regular practice is similar to the culture of Contact Improvisation, where anyone interested comes together weekly to explore, with no agenda, a form of movement based on momentum, balance, weight, flow, trust and the dynamic of two people moving together.

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As artists and humans, we are each compelled to practice our art considering a heightened awareness of rapid loss of habitat for wildlife and the impact of humans (including ourselves) on the non-human elements of the planet. In Biospheric Art Practice, we come together regularly to listen, sense, play, dance and make images within a biospheric sphere – absorbing into wind, branch, wave, rock, tree, crow, spider, moss …

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Biospheric Art practice has been occurring since early 2015. Regular participants include George Tzanetakis (clarinets and saxophone), Lori Hamar (movement), Kirk Schwartz (video and photography), Tina Pearson (flutes, voice, accordion), Lyssa Pearson (photography) with periodic guests and listeners. Anyone is welcome.

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For information, email lasammusic<at>gmail<dot>com, or biosphericartpractice<at>gmail<dot>com

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