Nestled in the French Pyrenees at 750m altitude, 10km from the Spanish border and surrounded by snowcapped peaks, waterfalls and forests, is the picturesque thermal town of Aulus-les-bains. In the town, housed in a beautifully renovated 19th century hotel, is CAMP - the first of a new breed of arts residency. In 2018, CAMP will run a series of arts, music, writing and arts-activist sessions. These are no ordinary courses - they are intense, artistic catalysts run by internationally acclaimed practitioners; creative flashpoints designed to change the lives of everyone involved. The courses combine work in our well equipped facilities with projects carried out in the mountains.
CAMP houses advanced facilities available to all residential students - a Pro Tools studio, digital video and photography editing suites, rehearsal and performance spaces, fine art studios, a cinema and an arts library. Accommodation is provided at the centre in peaceful, private rooms, and all catering is included - this is one of the most celebrated regions of France for cheese, wine and other local produce. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. It's about generating revolutions, incubating creative minds and bringing the best emerging practitioners in all artistic fields to their full potential.
Eli Keszler is a New York based artist, composer and percussionist. His installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Tectonics Festival Reykjavik, MoMa PS1 and many other locations, and he has collaborated with artists such as Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Aki Onda and Rashad Becker. His recordings, most recently the acclaimed "Last Signs of Speed", have been released on Empty Editions, Esp-Disk, Pan and REL records, and he has received commissions from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion. Eli's work is regularly featured in Frieze, The New York Times and Wire Magazine amongst other publications, and he has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, New England Conservatory, Dartmouth University, Washington University, Mass Art and UMass Boston.
The space between composition and performance has never been more blurred. Working directly with environments, their modifications, and the situations which these environments produce allows music to take open forms where spaces, both concrete and social, form experience.
During this course, the group will work directly with physical spaces and use CAMP's remarkable location to consider ways of structuring and thinking about music, and various ways of producing. Working with site-specificity in both physical and cultural spaces, Eli will take music as a launching point for work that could take any form or medium. Work will be encouraged which takes into account nature and environments, and the way they interact with culture and technology.
Activities will include:
> Classroom work exploring compositional and performance ideas, examining texts, critical listening, and discussion
> Studio work examining the role and effect of technology on musical process
> Site-specific work, taking advantage of CAMP's mountainous location to produce work informed by the environment
The course will focus on the development of a project into a fully formed on-site work, through a combination of discussion and presentation, working together as a group and individually. Timetabling will be round-the-clock, breaking down the walls between class and social time, as the project progresses towards the formation of a site-specific work.
More info: http://www.elikeszler.com
Included in the course fee: five days of classes and activities, a comfortable private room at camp, all meals - breakfast and lunch at camp, dinner at an excellent local restaurant, unlimited use of our recording studios, editing suites, rehearsal studios, library and other facilities, post-course benefits & support
Not included in the course fee: travel
Student level: previous knowledge/experience of composition and performance advisable
Equipment required: no equipment required for classes. good walking boots, day sack & waterproofs advised for outside activities
Post-course support: access to online learning materials, performance opportunities at fuse art space, consideration of work for digital & physical release.