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15 – 18
What does a bowerbird have to do with artist Jackson Pollock or musician Bjork? What does Banksy’s graffiti have to do with Chauvet cave paintings? What does your physical body have to do with the emotional content of a line? We’ll discuss the surprising and mysterious relationships between seemingly unconnected topics as we move around the globe — from the oldest Paleolithic art to iPad apps, and beyond, into the far future of visual narrative. Along the way, you’ll learn practical tools for analyzing and studying art. Gaining a better understanding of why we create opens up fascinating new ways of seeing and making, and provides a valuable framework with which to explore narrative in all its forms — visual, musical, literary, performance, and day-to-day living. By the end of this course, you will never again look at your self, your art, or your world the same way.
Jaded Ibis Productions, LLC
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Debra Di Blasi
Debra Di Blasi is founding publisher of the groundbreaking multimedia company, Jaded Ibis Productions and its imprint Jaded Ibis Press. She was recently interviewed regarding innovative writing and publishing for American Book Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Poets & Writers Magazine, Possible Architects podcasts, and the forthcoming book, Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Contemporary Innovative Writers, by literary scholar Flore Chevallier. Debra is a multi-genre, multimedia author of six books, including The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions, Drought & Say What You Like, and Prayers of an Accidental Nature, and was a finalist in the 2012 Arts Innovator Award. She also received the James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, a Thorpe Menn Book Award, a Diagram Innovative Fiction Award, and a Cinovation Screenwriting Award, among others. Her fiction is included in a many leading anthologies of innovative writing and has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. The short film based on her novella, Drought, won a host of international awards and was one of only six U.S. films invited into the Universe Elle section of the 53rd Cannes Film Festival. She is a former art critic for The Pitch (a Village Voice newspaper) and frequently lectures on the intersection of literature and new technologies at venues such as The Banff Center, MIT, Sorbonne University, Associated Writing Programs Conferences, &NOW Conferences of Innovative Writing, and many other colleges, conferences and organizations. She is at work on a related nonfiction book, Stuck in the Crosswalk: Moving Literature into a Braver Newer World.