Artists pay on a sliding scale, depending which program they participate in. Costs are inclusive of food and transportation during the residency.
The 2016 theme "Unwalking the west" is shaped by historical land journeys that helped form the cultural and political geography of the contemporary American West. The idea is to retrace segments of these routes in the reverse direction as a symbolic gesture of “unwalking.” The discussions will focus on the continuing demand for indigenous sovereignty, as well as the contemporary legacies of development and resource extraction. From Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's brutal quest for El Dorado, to John Wesley Powell’s strangely prescient survey of the Colorado River Basin, the routes will look to the sagas of European- American exploration and aggression, and attempt to connect those formative journeys to the challenges facing the West today.
For each of the trips, Signal Fire plans routes, coordinates transportation, and supplies food. The Unwalking the West trip participants will each receive a reader with a selection of texts that frame the experience within the context of the human and nonhuman interests at stake. Wide Open Studios trips dedicate time to individual and collaborative art projects, facilitated by Signal Fire instructors.
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