Salzburg, Austria

Saltwater Sensibilities: Poetry and Movements of the Great Ocean

blended course
when 25 July 2022 - 6 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 640

This course is part of the International Summer Academy Salzburg 2022.

Before and during this course centered on saltwater sensibilities, participants will be immersed in Indigenous poetry and performance art from the Great Ocean. Extracts from recent works will form the basis of our gestural and intellectual inquiry, from literature: Craig Santos Perez, Noʻu Revilla, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Léuli Eshrāghi and Paul Tavo; and from digital art: Shannon Te Ao, Angela Tiatia, Taloi Havini, Léuli Eshrāghi and Ahilapalapa Rands.

Course leader

Léuli Eshrãghi

Target group

Open to anyone interested in fine arts (focus on Performance. Theory/Praxis))

Course aim

Following several days of discussion, reading, listening and sharing on a shared hearth in a collective learning environment, we will focus attention on orature, creating poetry, genealogical narrative, speculative proclamation, and on relational performance, creating new or renewed ceremony, choreographic gestures, and ritualized space for genders and sexualities that is constructed socially. This emphasis on creation informed by recent works and voices is part of a current of Indigenous creative expression that resists colonial museologies where Ancestral Belongings and inheritances are fixed in time. It does so to avoid using the terms of object or asset with their particular connotations.

Respecting Indigenous cultural and intellectual property principles, this course is imagined as a space promoting the non-cannibalistic consumption of alterity, according to collective learning modes defined by the Sāmoan and Tuvaluan artist and researcher Rosanna Raymond. In this vein, the course charts a humble journey through Indigenous art and ideas of the Great Ocean, which constitutes a third of this planet. Seeking to create our own non-colonial gestures to enact healing, rebalance and reparations, we will analyze and learn from the best practices of artists, writers, and curators who are not usually studied in northern Atlantic contexts.

Fee info

EUR 640: Regular fee
EUR 480: Reduced fee for students


Scholarship applications can be sent by 29th April 2022.