Product Code: 1104

Embodied Earth: Soft Play//Hard Clay

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Saturday 21 September 2024, 1–3pm

Join artist-researcher Gail Mahon for an immersive workshop that blends playful interactions with gravity and clay. This insightful proposition asks how we can realign our movement with Earth through reflexive memories composed of our bone ecology, inviting you to rethink your connection to earth minerals, guided by intuitive embodied knowledge.

During this workshop, clay and soil serves as a material lens to amplify the feel of darkened somatic spaces and modes of non-verbal communication. It helps navigate and orient whole-body sensitivities to rhythms, repetitions, cycles, touch, and forces composed within the skeletal landscape.

You will move through processes of improvisation, proprioceptive sensing through touching, carrying, balancing, weight sharing, and sculpting space to formulate unique expression of intensive play to locate moments of stillness and bodily communication. Throughout the session all the movements will combine, through group participation, to form a living landscape, emphasising a shared commonality to minerals, clay andrenewed perspectives excavated from sources of the ground.

Gail will share insights from her creative multidisciplinary PhD research on the skeleton as site for ecological exchange, an ecosomatic response to sedentary culture. Her approach invites you to interact with clay and earth minerals, deepening your care for health connected the integrity of a living networks with the more-than-human world. Join us to explore, create, and reconnect in this transformative workshop.

Places are limited and booking is essential for this free workshop. Everyone is welcome, movements are adaptive and scalable to include most people and diverse needs, suitable to those aged 18 and above. This is a Public Programme event for Strata.

NOTE: Images will be taken throughout the workshop, if you do not want to have your image taken, or contributing the documentation, please advise Gail at the beginning of the workshop. Please wear comfortable loose clothing to move, they may get some clay them. Wear plain colours or small print, no logos or text if possible. You will be also asked to be barefoot for the workshop. Bringing a towel or change of clothing would be advised.
There will be a maximum of twelve people in the session.

Read more about Gail Mahon here.