TOPOGRAPHY OF MEMORY
MAY 16 - 23, 2019
(per person, double occupancy with private bath. single room for additional fee. please inquire)
WHAT IS TOPOGRAPHY OF MEMORY?
Topography of Memory is an eight-day workshop focusing on Memoir Writing, Contemplative Walking, and Drawing led by artist Angela Ellsworth (www.aellsworth.com) and writer Tania Katan (www.taniakatan.com) at the celebrated organic agricultural estate Tenuta di Spannocchia just south of Siena, Italy. Workshop participants explore personal and cultural histories by navigating the possibilities of line. Moving pencil across a piece of paper, inscribing text in a notebook, and walking lines in the landscape.
WILL I GET ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH ANGELA AND/OR TANIA?
Yes. In addition to group writing, walking and drawing exercises, Angela and Tania will be available to meet individually and offer feedback/guidance on your creative writing, visual art, and performance projects.
SOUNDS AMAZING, BUT WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
In a Villa, if that’s ok with you. All bedrooms are furnished with antiques and original family-owned furniture, have views of the Villa garden and valley below the olive and fruit orchards. Guests staying in the Villa receive daily cleaning service. Each room is set up for double occupancy with private bath.
IS THE FOOD AT TENUTA di SPANNOCCHIA REALLY WORLD RENOWNED?
Yes! All the vegetables, meat, wine, olive oil, and honey are organically grown/cultivated on the farm and prepared by Graziella Capanni who has been cooking at Spannocchia for generations. She prepares traditional, four-course Tuscan meals every night that might go something like this: an antipasto of sliced, raw porcini mushrooms with large flakes of parmesan cheese, lemon and olive oil; then, first course, hand-made lasagna; second course, venison with roasted fennel and potatoes; third course, salad; and finally, chocolate and chestnut truffles. This is why Spannoccia has been featured in Bon Appétit, Los Angeles Times, and Condé Nast Traveller.
A daily schedule and recommended books are sent once accepted into the workshop.
DO I HAVE TO PAY THE ENTIRE AMOUNT UPFRONT?
No, after you pay your $350 pre-deposit through PayPal you can pay the balance in full or with installments by check, cash or PayPal. We offer a few different payment plan options.
We are offering two small Topography of Memory scholarships to students, teachers, and recently graduated students. Please email Angela or Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Cost is per person in beautiful accommodations (double occupancy with private bath) in the Villa of Castello di Spannocchia.
ALL meals, materials, instruction
House wine included with dinners
Ground transportation from/to Florence Airport
Day trip to Siena
One-year membership to the Spannocchia Foundation
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Travel Insurance (must have)
Airfare / travel to/from Florence, Italy
NOTE: If you apply (and are admitted) to both Sacred Forest Pilgrimage and Topography of Memory you will receive a discount of $500.
I WANT TO GO HOW DO I APPLY?
August 1, 2018: Accepting applications for Topography of Memory and Sacred Forest Pilgrimage. See APPLICATION link below for online form and pre-deposit ($350) payment.
October 15, 2018: Applications close at midnight.
November 1st, 2018: Participants will be notified of acceptance.
We will not receive your application until you complete the pre-deposit on PayPal. This secures your position in the workshop and goes towards the full cost of the workshop if you are accepted. If your application is not accepted this year the pre-deposit check/amount of $350 will be fully refunded by November 15, 2018. If the workshop itself is cancelled by the facilitators for any reason your pre-deposit amount will be refunded in full immediately.
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION
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ALSO: The 58th Venice Biennale is occurring in Summer 2019 with central exhibition titled May You Live in Interesting Times. You might want to plan other travel either before or after the Sacred Forest walk or Topography of Memory. We can give you more details on the Biennale/ Venice, where to stay, eat, etc in Venice once you are accepted into either workshop.
Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She is director and co-founder of the Museum of Walking (MoW) located in one of the least walkable cities in the US. She is interested in art merging with everyday life and public and private experiences converging in unexpected spaces. Her solo and collaborative work has taken in wide-ranging subjects such as illness, physical fitness, endurance, social ritual, and religious tradition. Her work has been reviewed in ArtUS, Art News, Frieze Art, and Artforum. She has presented work nationally and internationally including The Getty Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, National Review of Live Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Phoenix Art Museum.
Tania Katan is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and co-creator of the internationally viral #ItWasNeverADress campaign. She has been a featured speaker at CiscoLive!, Expedia, Humana, Etsy, S.H.E. Summit, TEDx, Comedy Central Stage, and more. Katan empowers people and companies to be a little unruly, a lot imaginative, and sneak more creativity into less overtly creative spaces like cubicles, boardrooms, and bathrooms. Formerly the Curator of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Katan made the audacious leap into technology five years ago, because every rock star industry needs a punk! Her punk rock ideas have been featured in the New York Times, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, Huffington Post,TIME, ReadWrite, BuzzFeed, Mashable, USA Today, CNN, and other media outlets. Katan’s forthcoming book, Creative Trespassing, will be published by Penguin Random House in February, 2019. www.taniakatan.com