The Body Mapping Workshop facilitated and hosted by artist Nathalie Fari took place from May 6th until 11th at Glougair in Kreuzberg and the last two days at ZKU – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Moabit. Here the thoughts about location, space and body became very central intertwining concepts that were explored during this intense weeklong workshop.
The Body Mapping concept sees the body as an artistic medium that can create situations, actions and compositions in space. The method investigates the tensions between the body and space and thus examines our behavior performing in space and during interactions with other people and performers. It also includes an exploration of the functions, details and history of the spaces involved.
The morning session ended with each participant drawing or writing about her experiences and movements to be further used during the workshop.
An intimate group of five participant plus Nathalie Fari started the week exploring the three white exhibition spaces at Glougair. Every morning began with intense body work, where the body was explored through improvised movements on the floor and researching exercises that included the spaces and its specific elements in dialogue with the body: slow movements, repetition, awareness, senses. After a while the participants began to interact with one another in an impulsive and intuitive way, no talking – also using sound as a part of the investigation of space.
Participatory reading with the Gender and the City workshop participants.
The afternoons included a shared participatory reading of relevant theory and texts to contextualize the workshop and performance practices in general. The first day also included a visit from the Gender and the City workshop participants lead by CestBeauLePouvoir (FR) (http://www.genre-et-ville.org/). First doing a shared walking exercise, with slow movements in space that evolved to be creating an abstract mechanism together with the other participants, then reading Guy Debors essay Towards a Situationism International (from 1957), with a small discussion afterwards.
Another central exercise was to go from natural movement into irrational behavior and back again; this was explored in various constellations during the workshop. It was also this way of acting in space that was used at the end of the week, when the participants created a collaborative video of a performative dinner taking place at Glougair; here the normal act of eating was interrupted by each performer creating absurd happenings around the table, changing in and out of ‘normal’ action.
Location ZKU – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik.
At the end of the week the participants created their own site specific pieces at ZKU, where some were performed together with the artists in residence at ZKU as a part of the event Sitos Distantes (Remote Sites) on Sunday May12.
More about Nathalie Fari: www.nathaliefari.com
Photos and text: Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen