Fracturing Cartographies: Practicing the Animism of the Ocean

Ages 18 and up
April 4–25, 2023
6–8pm EST, Tuesdays

  • Instructor

    Clareese Hill

  • Pricing


  • Dates

    4–25 April

Learn how to be an Ocean Dweller. Over our time together, we will learn the pedagogies of animism from the Ocean. We will establish practices for fluidity, creating underwater caves, riding jet streams, evaporating, and embracing stillness. Through experimental meditations, writing exercises, and collaborative design prompts, we will erect shoals and submerge with them to be open to what we can learn under the surface of the Ocean. We will not use the Ocean as a pathway to a destination, we will focus on an errant and discursive journey of learning and discovering together to fracture cartographic practices. By not focusing on territory or destination, we will operate as re-mappers living in the Ocean as the body of water shifts from a passive entity to griot. We will learn from each other's experiences as poetic modalities of difference to create a collaborative text about offshore and submerged identities. We will learn to shift between being surface dwellers and Ocean dwellers. As Ocean dwellers, we will learn how to create a praxis for our terrestrial quotidian navigation of life by exploring the experimental praxis of being.

This class will be held in person at Abrons Arts Center with a remote option.

About Clareese Hill

Clareese Hill is a practice-based researcher and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University. She explores the validity of the word "identity" through her perspective as an Afro-Caribbean American woman and her societal role projected on her to perform as a Black feminist academic. She has performed lectures at The Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, University of Sussex, CUNY Graduate Center, The Chicago Art Department, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. She was also a 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future fellow (Phase One). Clareese has published academic essays in THEOREM Journal, Architecture, and Culture Journal, and has an upcoming article in Antennae, The Journal of Nature and Culture. Clareese holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and practice-based research Ph.D. from Goldsmiths, University of London.

General Information

This class is curated in partnership with The School of Making Thinking.