Heavy Breathing is a monthly series of experimental movement seminars designed by artists that combine physical activity with group discussion on ideas related to their creative practice. Critical discourse often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?
Heavy Breathing’s first season launched in 2015 with support from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award. Heavy Breathing returned from June - November 2016 in collaboration with BAM/PFA featuring participatory programs led by artists and scholars exploring the intersection of somatic experience and critical discussion. Heavy Breathing is organized by Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé. All Heavy Breathing programs are open to the public and included with BAMPFA admission. Class descriptions and more information can be found at www.heavyheavybreathing.com and
Participating artists include: Larry Arrington, Chani Bockwinkel & Caroline Alexander, Bonanza (w/ Laura Boles Faw & DJ 8ulentina), Zen Cohen, Sofía Córdova, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon (with Margit Galanter), Xandra Ibarra, Jeepneys (w/ Brian Tester), Julz Hale Mary, Christina Linden, Olive McKeon, Olivia Mole, Christian Nagler (w/ DJ Kit Clayton), Raphael Noz, Brontez Purnell, Kate Rhoades & Eli Thorne, Chris Sollars, Stephanie Syjuco, Stairwell’s (Sarah Hotchkiss & Carey Lin), and the International Community in Exile (ICE) / Feminist Economics Department. Special contributions by: Alexiteric Tea Clinic, Jessalyn Aaland, Stephanie Rolfs, Savannah Rusher, and Tessa Watson.
Sunday June 26, 2016 (2:00-3:00pm) "Public Productions" with Stephanie Syjuco at BAMPFA
Stephanie Syjuco will lead an experimental workshop in which participants will be taken through a series of physical exercises and activities to collectively transform modeling materials into a set of objects that comment upon craft, quality, and capitalism. “Public Productions” will utilize non-specialized skill sets and labor to produce vernacular versions of iconic objects, exploding the notion of specialized or standardized labor to open up a space of play, invention, and learning-as-you-go.
Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon leads a series of exercises informed by Feldenkrais and listening meditations to explore new ways of perceiving visual works in relation to art institutional architecture.
Sunday Aug 21, 2016 (1:00-2:30pm) "Group Experience" with Olive McKeon at BAMPFA
How do groups move, think, talk, and organize together? Join Olive McKeon for an experiential group encounter that explores social forces and dynamics as they occur in real time.
This is an experiential workshop in group relations: a participatory process that provides an opportunity to study a group's own behavior as it happens in real time. Drawn from the group psychoanalytic practice called the Tavistock method, participants of the workshop will examine group-level forces and dynamics as they occur in the here-and-now.
Sunday September 18 - (2:00-5:00pm) "I.C.E. : (Intentional Community in Exile)" with Cassie Thornton & the Feminist Economics Department (the FED) at BAMPFA
ICE (Intentional Community in Exile) is a fresh new mutual aid society, built to sustain radical, creative and political practices within a hostile economic system. ICE breaks with the assumption that the objective of this life is a house with a nuclear/biological family, through accumulation of personal property, or individual recognition. ICE is being made by a small group of precarious transient anti-capitalist women trying to survive together while being literally and metaphorically evicted.
Please join us on September 18, for a discussion and a performance of life practices as well as frameworks for material and immaterial mutual support. This project is about finding ways to exit economic precarity by building human relationships instead of accumulating capital-- to make exile ‘warm.’
The entire time I have lived in “x” I have been precarious and indebted. I have only survived, and thrived, because of the networks of solidarity and mutual aid I have participated in. Now, as the city, “x” gentrifies beyond the imagination, I’m being forced to leave. I don’t want to let those networks die. If people like me are going to survive in this world, we need to imagine and create better non-monetary common resources.
Thursday October 20 - (9:00pm - 12:00am) ARMY OF LOVERS with Sofía Córdova at the Starline Social Club. Featuring XUXA SANTAMARIA
Sofia Cordova's guided dance meditation explores the possibilities for transcendence that the dance floor offers the colored, marginalized body. Live set by XUXA SANTAMARIA (with Kirkland) to follow.
Sofía Córdova leads a FREE guided, spoken word meditation atop a live set featuring select tracks emblematic of key moments in dance music history to explore the transcendental physical and psychic possibilities the dancefloor provides (and has historically provided) for the colored, marginalized body. The meditation will flow into a DJ set by Córdova followed by a set by XUXA SANTAMARIA, Córdova’s music project with Matthew Kirkland.
While ARMY OF DARKNESS is built around the skeleton of a traditional meditation, the music in the sets have been selected to transport the listeners/dancers/participants through the histories of dance music via the inclusion of classic tracks from motown to early hip hop to detroit and chicago house to latin freestyle and up to contemporary genres like hyphy and reggaeton, with select detours into the micro genres that have come to define music post internet. While Córdova’s proposition is one of meditative liberation, attendants can expect to get down, get they lives and get free.
Sunday November 20 - (4:00-5:00pm) "State of Drought" with Chris Sollars at BAMPFA
In this workshop artist Chris Sollars leads you through a series of motions to physically internalize living in a state of drought in twenty-first-century California. This is the final session in the Heavy Breathing event series at BAMPFA, organized by Lisa Rybovich-Crallé and Sophia Wang, which combine physical exercise and critical discourse.