THE ENDS: a film by Ethan Spigland

The Ends is a film by Ethan Spigland. It is composed of the endings of 165 recuperated films. It premiered at the Gowanus Open Studios kick-off at the Gowanus Ballroom, October 18-20, 2013.

OoRS to Present at Ecopoetics Conference

UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall
Sunday, February 24, 8-10 a.m.

OoRS on Roundtable:
Ground Scores: Unburying Ecologies through Embodied Practice
David Buuck, Seung-Jae Lee, Rachel Levitsky, Ira Livingston, Jennifer Scappettone, Kathy Westwater

Visit conference site!

OoRS aims to share OoRS’ transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies as deployable ecopoetics tools for practice. OoRS strategies are designed to encourage the rerouting of nostalgia into emergent fields of knowing and making and to maximize the use of a present and helping community in the making of constructing ideas, work and new forms. As we conceive ‘community’ to include place, objects and environment, we formulate our workshops and installations to be site-specific. Work that comes out of OoRS may be individually constructed and/or of a single discipline, but it necessarily emerges from conversation and border-crossing exercises. We will provide the materials and directions for conference attendees to try some recuperative strategies on-site at the Berkeley campus during the conference.

Walk: INGESTuring the Gowanus

Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5 pm:

Join writer Rachel Levitsky, Landscape Architect Elliott Maltby and Translator/Poet Elizabeth Zuba for an expedition to collectively recuperate latent words, meanings, objects and gestures from the Gowanus Canal and then re-embed them in the group show To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel, Brooklyn and the world. To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel is a show organized by OoRS officer Ethan Spigland along with several others we admire. The show begins June 29. Its impressive roster of participants and events can be found at the Gowanus Ballroom website.

Everyone is welcome to join this walk. It’s free. Sign up in advance is encouraged but not required. Email to let us know you are coming.
We will meet at 5:00 PM at The Gowanus Ballroom
55 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
There will be lots of signs but feel free to call us if you have any trouble: 917 495 7075

Walk 5 -7 PM

Embed/Imbibe 7 PM onward

Sound Archive Workshop at Woodberry Poetry Room

January 13–20, 2012

(sample track by anna ondaatje)
Taught by Christian Hawkey and Rachel Levitsky, Recuperative Poetics features a week of classes interspersed with poetry writing workshops and guided creative interventions conducted by students, culminating in a final audio/sonic presentation. Our first pedagogical goal will be to introduce ideas of cultural sustainability and recuperative poetics, i.e. the importance of locating aspects of culture that are in danger of being lost or elided due to any number of different material and ideological forces: the simple “progress of time”; the relentlessly forward program of techno-capitalist innovation, including the waste and “junk space” produced by such a program; the continued obsession (informed in part by this program) with “newness” and “originality”; or the process of consolidation and reduction that takes place within institutional and bureaucratic structures, whether cultural or governmental or corporate.