Exploding Human Language: Camilla Nelson

Sunday 21st August, 10:00–13:00. Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey MIlls, London, SW19 2RD.

This workshop breaks down language-making into three components: sound, movement and mark-making. These components are used as prompts for an embodied encounter with a tree: how do we understand a tree through sound, movement and mark-making?

Not me and the landscape, but a kind of oneness (Maitland 2009)

This workshop offers a series of embodied and perceptually attentive interactions with a tree in order to discover how it is that marks, movements and sounds are made by and with a tree. Each participant will be encouraged to engage their full body and all of their senses in this exploration and to use these findings to devise a short language performance to share with the group (as you wish). The aim of the workshop is to use this creative exploration as a practical stimulus for discussion of what it might mean to make a language that emerges between organisms rather than viewing human language as something that emerges in isolation.

Duration: 3hrs
Participants: up to 10
Other requirements: Mobility is required either by wheels or on foot. We will be going out and about to Morden Hall Park and along the river Wandle, so wear comfortable footwear. Some experience of writing and/or performance would be beneficial – although all are welcome.

This workshop is Part 1 in a series of two workshop, Part 2 follows in the afternoon. They may be booked seperately or together. See Part 2 here:https://www.facebook.com/events/479604888910147/

Adults (16+) £16, Students £14


About Camilla Nelson

Camilla Nelson is a poet, artist and researcher, currently based in Somerset. She successfully completed a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry, at Falmouth University. Her text work has been featured in Amy Cutler’s exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig (London, 2013) and Karen Pearson’s outdoor exhibition in Yarner Wood, Assemblage (Dartmoor, 2012). As well as appearing in several magazines and journals, her poems have been anthologised in The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe)


About Object Book

Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills, run by artist Chloe Spicer with support from The Wandle Studio Prize (UAL Wimbledon College of Art and Office Estates Ltd).

This workshop is one of many bookish workshops, screenings and events scheduled over 2016.

Twitter: @Object_Book @ChloeSpicerArt


Accessibility: Object Book is a ground floor wheelchair accessible studio (1 table space) with disabled parking spaces. Run by a dyspraxic artist, Object Book is committed to accessibility for the book, please contact book@objectbook.org to discuss any needs/adjustments.

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