Heeding Impulse: A Series of Three Experimental Collaborative System Drawing Sessions by Andrea Frank

CHRCH Project Space presents:

Heeding Impulse: A series of three experimental collaborative 

System Drawing sessions

by  Andrea Frank

with collaborative contributions by Michael Asbill


You are cordially invited to join us in this sequence of experimental System Drawing sessions, in which we will creatively and collaboratively explore life force in its many manifestations as we physically ponder the following sites:


System Drawing Session # 1

Heeding Impulse:  Sensory Ecology   

Thursday June 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Sky Lake Meditation and Retreat Center

22 Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale, NY

In this session we will tune in to the forested landscape surrounding the Sky Lake Retreat Center. Borrowing concepts from Eastern and quantum philosophy, we will playfully explore relationships between consciousness and ecology.

Bring comfortable outdoor clothing, bug repellent, and extra time for an informal exchange over snacks. Join us at the Rosendale Cafe for dinner after the event. Rain (if so, bring rain gear) or shine.


System Drawing Session # 2

Heeding Impulse:  Germination Explorations    

Sunday August 20, 4 – 7 pm

Hudson Valley Seed Company Farm

484 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord, NY

In this second session we will collaboratively explore the farm of the Hudson Valley Seed Company/Seed Shed with a focus on life cycles and life force embedded in all aspects of the site.

Bring comfortable outdoor clothing, bug repellent, and food/drinks for a potluck dinner and fire afterwards. Rain (bring rain gear) or shine.


System Drawing Session # 3

Heeding Impulse:  Common Wealth

Saturday September 9, 4 – 7 pm

CHRCH Project Space  

167 Cottekill Rd, Cottekill, NY

We will bring our experiences and engagement tools from the previous two sites back to the CHRCH Project Space and explore community in collaborative creative flow through this third System Drawing session.

Bring comfortable clothing and food/drinks for a potluck dinner afterwards.


R.S.V.P. for one, two, or, ideally, all three sessions

Email either Andrea (franka@newpaltz.edu) or Michael (michaelasbill@yahoo.com)

or visit our Facebook event pages:  Session 1, Session 2, Session 3

Space is limited, please sign up soon.


www.chrchprojectspace.org  – https://www.facebook.com/chrchprojectspace/



About System Drawing sessions:

Andrea Frank has developed the System Drawing format through a series of experimental transdisciplinary think tanks (2015 – 2017) and has hosted a range of collaborative System Drawing sessions in gallery, community engagement, and classroom contexts. The larger project is thematically framed by pressing environmental concerns, which are addressed through a creative, systems thinking lens and resonate with social, historical, and psychological themes. While earlier iterations of System Drawing sessions mapped out and thus guided evolving conversation, recent iterations sidestep current paradigms of rational inquiry in favor of group-based creative processes that support new ways of consciously engaging with our context and each other.

Each session is a unique site/theme specific experiment and process exploration. We start with body work loosely based on “Plastiques”, a technique founded by Polish theatre director and revolutionary Jerzy Grotowski. It is based on the idea that our socially determined body is protecting and limiting us, much like an armor. We work quite literally on prying open this armor by the joints, and in the process our body can be experienced as an intuitive sensory organ. Through a slow walk we explore our specific context, which is prepared to resonate with the session theme. A range of specific related objects and tools are at hand for the experimental collaborative System Drawing engagement. The sessions are followed by informal conversations and exchange.

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This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Special thanks to Jen Woodin, Director of Sky Lake Retreat Center and the Hudson Valley Seed Company/Seed Shed  for their generous support.

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