AE21 Coalescence, Contemplation and Creation: Nature-Inspired Contemplative Practice

Tuesday April 27

7:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

Coalescence, Contemplation and Creation 
A Conversation on Nature-Inspired Contemplative Practice

ONLINE* Tuesday, April 27; 7 to 8 p.m.

Instructors: Rebecca Caldwell & Susan Patrice with guest Tyler Kinnear

Free | Suggested Donation $10** 


A series of conversations on coalescence — crossing mediums and bridging disciplines — to discuss a nature-inspired creative and contemplative practice. This program in the series brings musicologist and sonic artist Tyler Kinnear into conversation about nature as aural inspiration. In what ways do we interpret the sonic environment? In what ways do we contribute to its composition? His creative practice draws on environmental sounds, with particular interest in sound ethnography, modes of listening, and performance using found objects. Award-winning photographer Susan Patrice teaches ways to deepen and document a relationship with nature through visual stewardship of where we are placed. Consider how the contemplative practices of two makers Susan Patrice and Tyler Kinnear coalesce in learning to see and hear more deeply in the enveloping landscape.


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Tyler Kinnear is an Instructor in the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University, where he teaches world music and interdisciplinary arts courses. His sonic art practice draws on environmental sounds, with particular interest in sound ethnography, modes of listening, and performance using found objects. Currently, he is principal investigator of Sonic Histories, an interdisciplinary research initiative studying how students experience histories of race, class, and belonging at an institution of higher learning through sounds heard and imagined. He completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of British Columbia in 2017, with a dissertation examining manifestations of nature in contemporary music. 

Susan Patrice is a documentary photographer, community artist, and founder of Makers Circle. She recently launched PhotoTerra, a community project that encourages photographers to make and share images of their lived experiences. Susan's own photography and public installations focus primarily on the Southern Landscape and its people and feature intimate images that touch deeply into the questions of place, gender, and belonging. She teaches the contemplative photography courses for Adult Education Programs at The North Carolina Arboretum. 

Rebecca Caldwell is a writer and educator who serves as the adult education programs manager at The North Carolina Arboretum. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Western Carolina University. She is also trained as a counselor specializing in expressive arts and ecopsychology. Her doctoral coursework and research at the University of Virginia focused on creativity, intrinsic motivation and the adult learner.


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