This summer, Heavy Breathing presents two special programs as part of the 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair:
Jumper | Caller Poetry Zone with Sophia Wang
Saturday July 22, 2017 ~ 11am-12pm
This poetry and performance workshop will engage participants in a kinetic and collaborative composition exercise to engage body and voice in the process of composing and performing poetic verse. Wear sneakers and/or come ready to use your voice. Open to participants of all ages and abilities.
Martial Arts for Feminist Journos with Sarah Burke
Sunday July 23, 2017 ~ 11am-12pm
In this experimental workshop, attendees will collectively undermine the historic valorization of hyper-masculinized approaches to journalism by learning to value approaches of empowered passivity through practicing the feminist concept of "circlusion" (the antonym of "penetration") and the martial arts concept of "ukemi," the art of receiving a throw. Open to participants of all ages and abilities.
About the Artists
Sarah Burke is a journalist, critic, and curator living and working in Oakland, California. She is a regular contributor to KQED’s Culture Cue, for which she writes about topics at the intersection of art, culture, and identity. Previously, she served as Managing Editor at the East Bay Express. Find her on twitter at @sarahlubyburke.
Sophia Wang creates and performs movement-based works in collaboration with performance artists, writers, and visual and sound artists. She is a founding member of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company and has danced for artists Xavier le Roy, Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, Xandra Ibarra, and Amara Tabor-Smith. She earned a PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley, and integrates her research and performance practices through writing and curatorial projects focused on critical somatics: thinking with and as bodies. Current engagements include performances at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts, and a 2018 Taipei Artist Village residency.
AT THE FAIR
Copies of the limited edition 2015 Heavy Breathing Catalog will be available for sale at the SF Art Book Fair. Designed by ALTR Studio and printed by Colpa Press, the catalog features reflections on Heavy Breathing and documentation of contributions from the 2015 Heavy Breathing artists
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.