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Simmone Howell, The Writer’s Journal

Simmone Howell

The Writer’s Journal

August 11th, 2012



The journal is one of the writer’s greatest tools. It can be a storehouse for ideas, a way to document of your writing process and a safe place to experiment and explore your creativity. This workshop will introduce various journaling techniques including using maps, memory, automatic writing and visioning. We will create new writing from eclectic source material. and be inspired by our environment’s geography and mythology.  The Writers Journal is a hands-on, experimental and relaxed workshop. Whether you are an absolute beginner, on brink of a new project or facing writer’s block, this workshop will guide you towards results and new vistas.


Topics covered:

– automatic writing

– generating ideas

– visioning

– mapping

– finding and keeping inspiration


About the Artist

Simmone Howell is the author of Everything Beautiful and Notes from the Teenage Underground


Simmone Howell
Simmone Howell

Mask & The World Somatic Dance Atelier, by Speranza Spir

Mask and The World
Mask and The World

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

July 23-31, 2012

The process of understanding one’s anatomy and the experience of soul and genealogy of place involve a prying apart of the self to uncover the ever resonating essence of personal identity and biological genealogy. In this week-long workshop we will encounter parts of our Self through interaction with the natural environment of Kefalonia. Through holistic movement explorations based on the Holistic Gymnastics Ehrenfried method, as well as Butoh dance practice, participants will ponder questions and notions pertaining to belonging and root-identity, and articulate response through collective and individual creation and choreography to uncover and inform the relationships between the body and self, place, identity and belonging. The use of these two methods suggests the shape-shifting and somatic potentials that will come together and accrue specific meaning for all participating.

Ehrenfried Holistic Gymnastics is a movement approach bringing equilibrium via the intelligence of the body. It is based on simple movements, verbally suggested by the practitioner, encouraging proprioception and personal awareness. In turn, this exploration of movement enables the participant with musculoskeletal agility, aiding the body to liberate itself of automatisms and habits which can be a source of tension, pain, and compression. The repertoire of movements encourages active rest, joint alignment, mobility & muscle toning, all the while rhythmic breathing guiding the way movements are executed. Gradually, the internal organs regulate from the effects of rhythmic breathing; behaviour modifying itself in tandem with changes in physical habits giving way to the joy of movement and discovery of self. Butoh is a form of dance theatre originating in Japan out of the post-World War II era, partly as opposition to America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in protest of Western materialism. Butoh work calls on the body’s work, its changing conditions through stillness and physicality, and linking one to the essential and raw experiences of physical and spiritual states.

The workshop will take place at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture from July 23-31, 2012.

Every day: 9h-14h.

Maximum participants: 12

This workshop will be given in English.

Fee for the 8 day atelier 450 euros (due by day 2 of the workshop)

Day 8 will involve a site specific public performance.

The site and time is to be determined as we evolve as a group.

1 day drop-in participation is permitted exclusively on July 23rd. Cost is 75 euros.

Open to all. Please forward your name and contact information with a short bio and why you are interested in doing this workshop.

For furthers inquiries please contact the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture here.


Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation.
"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation

 Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

September – October 2011

Autumn Patricia Ahn is an artist from Boston, MA, USA. She focuses on creating large-scale installations that utilize the architecture and localized narratives of a site. Her environments are often seen as shrines commemorating the influence of the communities surrounding her immediate physical site. Drawing on influences from her cultural immersion in Kefalonia as well as her study of theocratic societies–past, present, and future, she will create a site-specific “shrine” for the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture, aiming to communicate with the viewers through the narrative visual language often found in religious and ritualistic contexts. The installation will be on view & open to the public while it is in progress (on select days) and for the two-day workshop.

Ahn will instruct a class in making a traditional non-glue stitch binding book, using a technique called the “Long Stitch”. From beginning to end, the process will be instructed based on time, counting, and continual motion.

Artist Website

Autumn Ahn

 Photos of Autumn Ahn’s work


Drifters Project, Art Workshop and Installation, Kefalonia 2011

Pam Longobardi - Drifters Project
Pam Longobardi - Drifters Project

The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce and welcome Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski with the Drifters Project in Kefalonia island, between the 20th of July, and 1st August 2011.

About the Workshop

Pam Longobardi offers a 3-day ocean plastic art/science workshop.

“I will first educate participants about the dangers and problems of plastic pollution, its impact on wildlife, humans and tourism.  We will locate the most plastic-impacted beaches and then perform a beach cleanup. Like forensic scientists and detectives, we will clean, sort and examine all the collected materials to see what we can learn.”

Participants will then assist the artist in the creation of artwork for her exhibition, learning about construction methods, including a large community ‘driftweb’ sculpture.  Sound artist Craig Dongoski will work with participants recording their own stories about plastic, the ocean and the objects collected.  Craig will then create sound sculptures for the exhibition with the participants voices playing throughout the space.

About the Drifters Project

In 2006, Pam Longobardi founded the Drifters Project, an environmental intervention project that documents and exposes the natural cost of the human convenience of plastic by looking at marine debris and its journey around the world oceans. In 2008, she began working with community groups to expand the scale and scope of project to new locales and creating collaborative public art.  She has made dozens of collecting missions to Hawaii, Costa Rica, China and Italy, and US locations, organizing cleanups and community education at each site. She has created community-based projects in the following locations: Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics with residences of a ‘trash village’; Nicoya, Costa Rica with students of Universidad Nacional, and in Greenville, SC, with high school art students.



Artist’s Website

Pam Longobardi