Into the Artmosphere presents an on-ramp of opportunity for curators and artists to level-up their ecological intelligence, launch new projects and potentially sell their work. Ecological intelligence is genre-agnostic so the course is open to visual artists, storytellers, musicians, sculptors, performance artists poets, digital and literary artists. Check our Events page for upcoming courses
Progression through the Oika program can take a solo or collaborative path.
Curators (or artists within art communities) organize a free, video conference call with Dr. Rich Blundell.
This initial call is a conversation about ecological intelligence for artists. We’ll explore what ecological intelligence is, how artists can experience, access and manifest it in their work. We’ll also consider the relationships between art, science, and nature in new economic paradigms. Artists will discover a larger ecological role for art in contemporary culture and learn about the many ways creative people can further participate in Oika.
Conversations are in English and participation is a prerequisite to take further steps with Oika (see below). Check our Events Page for upcoming Info-Calls
Self-selected artists from the call who wish to go deeper are invited to participate in a 5-week "Talkshop". An Oika Talkshop is an online course that uses conceptual exploration through short video modules, weekly video conferencing with Rich and other artists, and self-directed contemplative practices in local habitats to develop ecological intelligence. The course flows through an online platform called the Oika board. The cost ranges from $0 - $225 depending on ability to pay. Check our Events Page for Upcoming Talkshops.
Artists who complete the Talkshop are eligible to apply for Step 3.
Those who wish to continue with Oika are invited to organize and/or participate in a week-long course at one of several Oika locations. These include field stations, yoga and meditation centers, and other residential venues. For those who prefer to go solo, you may opt to go on a self-directed pilgrimage. The typical price for the 6-day experience is $500 not including venue costs such as food & lodging. Check our Events Page for upcoming courses.
Artists surfaced in Step 3 are eligible to apply for a spot within an Oika exhibition. These unfold over 6-12 months and include deeper instruction, group and solo local nature practice. Oika may be able to provide limited support to produce Oika art for exhibition in a culminating event.
The essential element of "oikadelic" art is the manifestation of ecological intelligence. Artists that exhibit this will be supported and advocated for by Oika at various festivals, events and shows. Art produced for exhibition is owned by the artist and any revenue generated will be negotiated directly between the artist and the hosting venue (situations will vary).
The Oika workshop curriculum requires participants to form a new relationship with local habitats. Thus we encourage and can support participants to undertake ecological restoration projects. Support will be made according to the needs, scale and complexity of the projects.
Oika has developed a framework for long-term support of dedicated artists and curators. We'll be using Into the Artmosphere to cultivate these relationship in 2021.