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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Land Art Workshop In May With Diana Heyne

“Raw Earth” Art Workshop

May 19-22, 2015, Burgundy, France

Guided by Diana Heyne

visual and performance artist 

(workshop will be conducted in English)

Hosted by the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

I will be facilitating a workshop on land art/natural materials improvisation in May, in conjunction with the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, France and would love to see you there! We will be working with found materials to create ephemeral installations in a varied landscape wild space park in the small city of Le Creusot, France. There is also the exciting possibility to work with dancers and video dance artists in attendance at the festival  to create performance works around the natural material installations. There will be a screening for these collaborative works as part of the festival and other opportunities to view screenings of some of the best in international video dance works.

“Raw Earth” Art Workshop

May 19-22, 2015, Burgundy, France 

Guided by Diana Heyne, visual and performance artist 

Hosted by the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

Raw Earth is a hands-on workshop for creative improvisation in sculpture, using materials found in nature to create installations variously known as land art or site specific works within the parks and public green spaces of Le Creusot, France. Through its affiliation with the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy the workshop offers the added level of collaborating with artists from the disciplines of video dance and performance to create events centered on and inspired by sculptural works in the landscape.

The workshop is open to professional visual and performing artists from all media, as well as university art students, who wish to engage with natural spaces as a source of both creative materials and the site of art making itself.

Practical aspects will involve discussion of techniques and materials and most importantly, hands on building, either individually or collaboratively, of improvisational sculpture within the landscape, using found and natural materials in an ecologically sensitive manner. One day of the workshop will be dedicated to a creative collaboration with dancers and filmmakers from the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy in order to create a short experimental film that will be screened publicly at the end of the workshop.

Inspiration will be provided through the presentation of historical and contemporary land art images and brainstorming/discussion sessions for all participants. In addition to daily workshop activities, participants have the possibility to attend free screenings of the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy in the evenings. This year’s screenings are dedicated to an exploration of the “the politics of space”, including ecology.

Workshop leader: Multidisciplinary artist Diana Heyne's work in found and natural material assemblage and performance has been exhibited and performed in galleries and theatres across the US and in Europe. Informed by a strong engagement with the natural world, cultural history, and mythology, her work is found in public and private collections in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe. From 2003-2008 Diana worked with the internationally recognized design studio of Applied Imagination creating "botanical architecture" and assisting with installations at venues around the US such as the New York Botanical Garden and the National Botanical Garden in Washington, DC.

Dates: May 19-22, 2015 (recommended arrival evening of Monday May 18th, depart afternoon/evening Saturday May 23-after project screening)

Where: The workshop is held in the small city of Le Creusot, France (in the region of Burgundy, or Bourgogne in French). Le Creusot is located one hour from Paris and 30 minutes from Lyon via TGV (fast train). Most visitors from outside France fly into Paris or Lyon. Within Europe and France, numerous train and bus possibilities also exist. Contact us for details. All workshop and festival events are held within easy walking distance.

Housing: We can provide a full list of hotels and housing options upon request. Below are the special rates for workshop/festival guests. All locations are within easy walking distance of the workshop space and festival events. There are a limited number of rooms available at each site, so you must reserve early (usually only a credit card number is needed to hold your room and you will not be charged before your arrival). Contact us for more information and reservation assistance:
 • Le Crouse student residence (private room with toilet/shower, shared kitchen) for those with a valid student card only: 125€ (total for 5 night stay)
 • La Belle Epoque hotel (private room, 1 bed with toilet/shower): 255€ (5 nights), or shared room (2 beds + shower/toilet) for 188€ per person (5 nights). Website:
 • Hôtel Jour et Nuit (festival partner) private room (1 bed, shower/toilet): 420€ (7 nights). Double rooms are also available, but without separate beds.

Cost: The fee for participating in the workshop is 150€. If you are offered a place in the workshop, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 50€ via bank transfer within three weeks. The remaining cost will be due the first day of the workshop.

How to Apply: Please send a message that explains your interest in the workshop, your artistic background and experience. If you have work samples (in any medium) available, feel free to include 3-5 images in attachment or provide links to a website.

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