The Infinite Worm

Reading and Sculpture Series
Spring/Summer 2024

An ongoing Zoom/In-person conversation culminating in a collaborative sculpture at The Infinite School.

Location: Online and Glassell Park, Los Angeles.



 
Worm School embraces Donna Haraway’s claim ‘thinking is a materialist practice with other thinkers’. We offer reading discussions alongside material exercises for thinking hands.


In collaboration with The Infinite School, we become the Infinite Worm. Join us for an ongoing conversation composed of three sessions, two online and one in-person at the Infinite School in Glassell Park, Los Angeles.


We hope to provide space for small and crafty worm-people, those of you who have been muddling away in the dark, wondering how to fertilize the future. We encourage you to bring your whole selves, all your ‘side-winding, snaky shape’ thoughts to our compost pile.
 
Event dates: 
May 5, 11 am - 12:30 pm PST online on zoom.
May 26, 11am - 1 pm PST in-person at The Infinite School.
June 30, 11 am- 12:30 pm PST online zoom.
Please register here
 
Suggested donation:
Online events- $10-15
In person event $20-25
Participants will receive the links to the reading materials upon signing up / donating.


Part I: Re-Patterning

Sunday May 5, 11 am - 12:30 pm PST - Online on Zoom.

An Infinite Worm Discussion with Ursula K. Le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction.

 

It matters what stories tell stories.’ - Ursula K. Le Guin

Come and make a node - a tactile sculpture to carry our line of thought. 

We will be reflecting on Le Guin’s short essay, exploring re-patterning and re-storying narratives, and together compost imagined pasts.

This first session will take place on zoom. During the discussion, participants are encouraged to make individual material nodes*. These tactile, palm sized, bead-like sculptures can be made from clay or any preferred crafting material. (Eg. fiber, yarn, salt-dough, recycled consumer waste)

 

*For local participants who attend part II in person, the nodes will come into play as part of a collaborative sculpture. There will be an option to fire your ceramic node (to cone 06) through The Infinite School.

 

Part II: String Figuring
Sunday May 26, 11am - 1 pm PST - In-person at The Infinite School in Glassell Park. 
An Infinite Worm Discussion with Donna Haraway’s Staying With The Trouble.

 

‘Thinking is a materialist practice with other thinkers’ - Donna Haraway

We’ll be (re)learning String Figure games and making the Infinite Worm collaborative sculpture.

In the second session we will meet in person at the Infinite School in Los Angeles.

We will work through our reading discussion with hands & bodies. Using a length of fiber as a shared web, we will play within our network— exploring how we may deepen or alter our relationship to Haraway and LeGuin’s ideas, add points of complication, connection, and 'trouble' along our shared fibrous loop.

 

*Participants can bring along their nodes from Part I, and there will be a selection of ready-made nodes available, so don’t worry if you didn’t catch the last session.

 

Part III: Ongoingness
Sunday June 30, 11 am- 12:30 pm PST -  Online on Zoom.
An Infinite Worm Discussion with adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy plus an Octavia Butler excerpt.

 

what we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system’ -adrienne maree brown

Looping back and around, together we create carrier bags for ongoingness.

In our third session, we will gather virtually on zoom around ideas of emergence and cultivating responsiveness to these troubled times. Following adrienne maree brown’s writings, we will inquire ‘what (do) we practice at the small scale (that) sets the patterns for the whole system?’ Looping back into our prior readings we will explore the noded tendrils of our ongoingness. To accompany our thinking we will engage in carrier bag making – knotting, weaving and generating a container. In this collective practice we ask, what are you emptying? what will you carry with you?


 
About Worm School
Worm School is an artist collective with Ako Castuera, Iso Marcus, Rosie Brand, Josh Cloud, and Zena Segre.


Our project began by holding conversations, composting media that reflected an interest in craft practices, alternate futures, and reimagined pasts.


Donna Haraway’s Staying With the Trouble was a formative text for Worm School, helping shape our practice as ‘earthworm symbionts’. Our process is relational, iterative, and cyclical as we turn and crawl through the hot compost of this thick present.
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