Heavy Breathing is a series of experimental movement seminars designed by artists combining physical activity with group discussion on ideas related to their creative practice. Critical thinking 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 began in 2015 as a summer series of weekly seminars sponsored by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award. The series brought together over 25 artists, writers, and researchers to lead 12 consecutive weekend sessions exploring the possibilities of “critical somatics” - thinking with and as bodies. The series generated an incredible amount of energy, including reviews in The New Yorker and East Bay Express, among others. 

Last summer’s momentum inspired a second season of Heavy Breathing, which was hosted by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) from June - November, 2016, and a special event led by Claudia LaRocco in Jan 2017 to celebrate the release of the Heavy Breathing Reader. Click HERE info about the Reader and the 2015 Catalog.

Heavy Breathing is brought to you by Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé with the help of Andrea Carazo and Shoshanna Imani.  For more info drop us a line, visit our facebook page, or follow us on instagram.

 From "Topos: That's What She Said" by Olivia Mole, 2015

From "Topos: That's What She Said" by Olivia Mole, 2015

 Heavy Breathing bandana designed by  Savannah Rusher

Heavy Breathing bandana designed by Savannah Rusher