RhizomeDC is a nonprofit community space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. We are a hub for experimentation, community collaboration and social engagement.
Open to your creative potential by exploring the internal and external symbols and metaphors that are guiding your life and to experience the power of art making. Artist Nicole Salimbene leads participants in a series of writing and art exercises introducing the practice of keeping a visual journal as a tool for reflection, self-inquiry, and meditation. No prior art skills needed.
Combining drone music and yoga, for all ages and abilities, w/a live performance by TAG CLOUD at RhizomeDC. Proceeds support the 6th Annual DCZinefest, a space for zine makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C. community.
In this workshop, artist Dan Conrad will guide participants to make a luminous image of their own design using LEDs, and to learn the skills necessary to pursue further projects independently. Dan’s technique of indirect illumination creates smooth areas and gradients of color by diffusing the bright spots of colored light that LEDs produce. The “light painting” thus produced will use very little energy, and it will last for many years
Dancers bodies make sounds, even if they don't vocalize or do anything percussive. Musicians have bodies and instruments that are visual elements in the performance area. Performance environments are rarely sound-locked. There are always some sounds from the environment. There is light, how we see what is happening. I want to work with the matter of our bodies and the reality of our sounds, with the reality of the fact that there is light, or dark, that our T-shirts have colors, etc.
In this workshop we will throw out the assumptions of our practices and look at what is really happening as we do our improvisational performance work. We will use our eyes, our ears, our skin, our perception, to open to what is arising and real and not necessarily in our control. On the other hand, we can have faith that sensitivity leads to skill, and we always have choices to make, and we can refine our personal aesthetics through those sensitive, skilled choices.
Skip supper. Or rather, bring yr supper. This one starts with a potluck and performance(s) in the Shnth room, followed by music/dance performance and discussion with Asimina Chremos and participants from her afternoon workshop.
Aerial Ruin (Portland, OR) is the primarily acoustic solo project of Erik Moggridge whose current and former bands include Old Grandad, Drift of a Curse and the late eighties/early nineties thrash/death metal band Epidemic. Though often referred to as folk music and influenced by the likes of Mark Lanegan and Syd Barrett, hints of Moggridges diverse metal past can be heard lurking between the cracks of Aerial Ruins songs.
Marian McLaughlin (Bmore/DC) pushes the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work and a rhapsodic delivery, she creates songs of breathtaking scope and exquisite detail.
Lost Civilizations (DC) - The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax), T. A. Zook (basscello), Sam Lohman (drums), Emily Chimiak (violin) and others as schedules permit.
A night of moving images in a variety of formats - 16mm, super 8mm, and digital video; with work by Rebecca Reynolds, A. Moon, Pat Doyen, Chris Lynn, Nate Scheible and Patrick Cain.
Gather, presented by Food and Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon, is a meditation on creating nourishing, real food meals using what's on hand. In this family-friendly workshop, participants will walk away with fresh, practical knowledge around meal prep, produce storage, flavor profiles, and basic knife skills that will help them to cook on the fly with ease. The workshop will culminate with a collaborative, plant-strong, improvised meal that allows participants to get adventurous and stretch their creative muscles.
An interactive workshop / video shoot where participants will be both in front of and behind the camera as Baltimore's Jimmy Joe Roche comes to Rhizome to create a short promo video for his label Ultraviolet Light. A great opportunity to witness Jimmy's creative process firsthand and learn some of his video-making techniques. He'll be giving a short talk as well.
a night of electronic and improvised music:
Jimmy Joe Roche (modular electronics, voice) + Layne Garrett (modified guitar & objects)
Heejin Jang (max/msp)
Tom Boram (solo modular electronics)
As healthcare delivery becomes increasingly corporatized, physicians in the fifteen-minute visit are focused on quick diagnosis and prescription without appreciating the complexity of the patient story. Symptoms that cannot be diagnosed based on a lab finding or procedure are often classified as unimportant or psychosomatic.
Narrative Medicine is a new movement and skill based on the idea that healing is intimately connected to the stories we tell ourselves and our dynamic with others. Narrative Medicine incorporates a person's lived experiences and perspective, creating a relationship between healer and patient that allows for true interchange and out of the box thinking, leading to better care.
In this workshop led by Dr Nadia Marsh, we'll discuss the narrative medicine approach and share our stories through writing as well as practice nonverbal communication and attentive listening.
C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism.
Guitarist and poet Max Ochs turned 75 years a few months back and for 55 of those years he has been playing and recording music. Ochs contributed two tracks for the 1967 CONTEMPORARY GUITAR on John Fahey’s Takoma label. Ochs also performed with the legendary band, Seventh Sons, founded by Greenwich Village mainstay and early folk innovator Buzzy Linhart. Returning to the DC/Annapolis area, he has continued recording and performing, releasing multiple records on Joe Bussard’s Fonotone label and the Tompkins Square label IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM.
On the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, whole villages gather for shadow puppet shows depicting creation myths and other stories. The shows last all night and are accompanied by live gamelan music, which is conducted by the puppeteer. Loosely drawing on this tradition, students in this class will devise characters, make puppets, write a narrative, and create a musical soundtrack using gamelan-inspired instruments built by the instructor, including drums, marimbas, metallophones, and gongs. The camp will culminate with a performance for friends and family. Ages 7-12. M-F 9am-noon.
A week-long camp devoted to exploring the materiality of sound in fun and creative ways. Participants will design and build sound-producing machines using wire, wood, and motors; create a long-wire instrument; experiment with feedback loops; collaborate on a junk sound sculpture; generally have fun listening to, playing, and recording sound. Ages 7-12. M-F 1-4pm.
Participants in this week-long camp will learn about different types of orchestras from around the world in the process of designing and building their own experimental instruments out of repurposed materials using woodshop tools. Towards the end of the week, the focus will shift to improvising and collectively composing musical structures using the new instruments. The week will culminate with an evening concert featuring our Experimental Orchestra alongside established local orchestral groups. Ages 8 and up. M-F 9am-4pm.
Can a room be a musical instrument? What new sounds can materials such as wood, metal, wire and skin produce when abstracted into 'data'? This interactive sound installation is meant to challenge visitors' perceptions of the relationships between physical space, gesture and sound. It also explores the creative potential of code, both to transform one’s perceived experience, and as a musical material in its own right.
The Scapular Room, an installation by artist Nicole Salimbene, is an invitation for reflection and sitting meditation. Inspired by the poetics of materiality, she searches for the archetypal out of the ordinary and ephemeral, provoking dialogue on the ecology of the internal and external. In this exhibition, she demonstrates these concepts through the sculptural construction of scapulars. Scapulars are worn over the shoulders (scapula) for protection and as a symbol of devotion within the Catholic faith; iconic images are embedded in the pendants that rest on the chest and back. Remixing the scapular, Salimbene replaces traditional iconography with a range of natural and man-made materials encouraging contemplation and discussion on the roles of protection and devotion in relation to self, community, and our planet.