On Verticality: Masterclass

On Verticality: Masterclass

Break free from the planet’s two-dimensional surface and explore the dizzying heights of verticality in your writing.

This masterclass will ask questions about verticality. For much of human history we have crept along the surface of this planet. Until Constantine John Phipps began to sound the ocean bed between Iceland and Norway in 1773, many Europeans believed the sea was bottomless. In 1783, four of the world’s most-active volcanoes erupted, spewing particles from deep within the earth high into the atmosphere, encompassing Europe and Asia in an unwholesomeness of air; the first balloon ascents were staged in Paris that same strange meteorological year. Human flight would finally be achieved by imitating not a bird but a cloud. 

How has verticality altered human perception? In Spinal Catastrophism: A Secret History, Thomas Moynihan argues that we were never meant to walk upright. We were never meant to eat with implements. Posture and language are accidents. Put your phone down for a minute. Lie on your back. On the ground. Let’s think about heights and depths beyond the scale of the human body, unattainable for humans without technology. A sheer drop, from cloud top to ocean floor, from the spinal column to the earth’s molten core. 

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International Courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12-week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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JR Carpenter is an artist, writer, performer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her digital writing been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals around the world and is widely taught. Her digital poem ‘The Gathering Cloud’ won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her debut poetry collection, An Ocean of Static, was highly commended for the Forward Prizes 2018. Her second collection, This is a Picture of Wind, was listed in The Guardian’s best poetry books of 2020 and longlisted for the Laurel Prize 2021. She is a Fellow of the Eccles Centre For North American Studies at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. She has been Writer in Residence at Dartington College of Art, Lancaster University, University of Alberta, and University of York. She is currently a Research Fellow working on Wind as a Model, Media, and Experience at Winchester School of Art. http://luckysoap.com. 

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