UNDERSTANDING YOUR CREATIVITY WITH KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH
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THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • Option to stay +7 nights following the workshop, use the facilities, work on your projects
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live, work and study for five full days in the mountains with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  • Build tools and strategies to address your creative blocks
  • Explore the Pyrenean landscape through outdoors listening and soundmaking
  • Unlimited use of our recording facilities, editing suites, arts library and performance spaces
  • Optional outdoors activities including ascent of Mont Ceint, and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars

BOOK NOW

This workshop is sold out. You can add your email to the waiting list here, or view our other workshops here.


In her debut workshop at CAMP, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith asks: "What do you wish you could create, but feel like you cant?"

These five days will lay out a step-by-step process of working through creative blocks, and finding pathways to navigate creative ideas, from creation to completion. Whether you're experiencing a creative block, don't know where to start, or don't know how to finish - there's an answer. Through a combination of individual and group class work, exercises with the overtone series, listening and creating in outdoors spaces, walking and exploring the epic landscape of the Haute Pyrenees, this workshop gather and focus on tools to navigate all those moments which can halt the creative process.

We'll work together to examine each participant's individual plans, sharing and witnessing each others' challenges and creative blocks. We'll work individually and as a group to create plans for building structure and finishing projects. Ultimately, you'll leave the workshop with a toolkit of strategies tailored to your practice, designed to keep your creative processes in motion, whatever blocks or problems may arise in the future.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's music is a form of auditory interpretation, powered by curiosity and her toolkit of modular, analogue, and rare synthesizers (including her signature Buchla), orchestral textures, and voice. Since her first self-releases in 2012, she has explored the endless possibilities of electronic instruments and the relationship between sound, shape, color, body movement, and expression. Spanning releases on Western Vinyl, RVNG Intl., Ghostly International, and her own multidisciplinary project, Touchtheplants, her work has drawn acclaim from all reaches of the experimental music world, including NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, and Rolling Stone (who named Kaitlyn's 2017 LP "The Kid" their avant-garde album of the year). Her collaborations include projects with Danny Elfman, Emile Mosseri, Suzanne Ciani, and commissions for Apple, BBC Orchestra, Epcot Center, Google, and others.



WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. We advise that you arrive the evening before (14/05/2024) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (20/05/2024). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked- up in Toulouse at 6pm on 14/05/2024, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 20/05/2024.

You'll also have the option to stay at CAMP an additional 7 nights, following the workshop, for an additional cost of €0. Hang out, do some hiking, use our facilities, work on your projects and process the content of the workshop at your own pace.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/ of the fee today, and 1/ each month (on the same day) for an additional -1 months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS (ALL DIETS CATERED FOR), UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING EQUIPMENT, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: BRING A NOTEBOOK AND PENS/PENCILS; A LAPTOP AND HEADPHONES ARE USEFUL, AND IF YOU HAVE FIELD RECORDING EQUIPMENT, BRING IT ALONG.
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMP RADIO; RELEASE OPPORTUNITIES VIA CAMP EDITIONS; PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION AND TOURING OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE AND VIA OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER VENUES AND ORGANISATIONS.