photo by lauren pond

“Learn to utilize creative practice as a  research methodology, and to investigate deep questions through music, performance and visual art. Practice consistent and critical engagement with the historicity of your own bodies in relation to your contemporary reality. Learn to articulate your thoughts, observations, and goals in written, verbal and aesthetic form. Conscientiously document and explicate your meaning-making process. Allow your art to unfold in that highest order of mystical science: transmutation. Now watch as one thing becomes another”

– Tawanda

It is of vital importance to cultivate parallel modes of expression across varied artistic mediums; to encouraging an experiential, tactile and embodied understanding of creative intertextuality and the knowledge it produces. Creative practice–when engaged as arts research–is “material thinking”. In this way the embodiments of art-making support evidence of embodied cognition. Painting, sculpture, photography, music, creative writing, design and and the collaborative encounters they make possible can be engaged as contemplative, transformative, and healing practices that are enlivened by corporeal experience.

from contemporary ritual class/photo by jarly borbadillo