Body Information Workshops at Bus Projects

Body Information Workshops is now a collection of material produced during workshops at The Walls and Boxcopy. It was exhibited at Bus Projects in 2016.

Observe each other (left) and Describe a positive feeling (right)

 

Describe a positive feeling recordings

 

Trace your middle finger (left) and Observe each other (centre)

 

Observe each other

 

Observe each other

 

Trace your middle finger (left) and Observe each other (centre)

 

Trace your middle finger

 

Trace your middle finger

 

Instruction cards

Body Information Workshops at The Walls

For Body Information Workshops (2015-16) the general public book one-on-one experimental body workshops with Leena in order to gather and learn information about bodies. The participants had the option to complete 5 different tasks.

Visitors occupying workshop space

Front Desk

Documentation area

Tasks included:

Describe a positive feeling – Recall a time when you felt positive feelings and describe the particular experience to Leena. Leena will work with you to compose an audio recording of your description. You will each keep a copy of the audio recording. You can listen to the recording at your leisure.

Brush each other’s teeth at the same time – You and Leena will brush each other’s teeth at the same time.

Observe each other – You and Leena will sit face to face and spend ten minutes silently observing each other and writing down your observations. You will then compare and discuss your observations.

Trace your middle finger – You and Leena will both trace the length and shape of your middle fingers in a notebook.

Make a gesture for your heart beat – You and Leena will each place a hand over your own heart and motion your own heart beat for ten minutes.

Body Information Workshops first took place at The Walls in September 2015 as part of Liquid Architecture’s FM[X]GC program. It was also held at Boxcopy and Bus Projects in 2016.

Intimate Spaces Revealed

Intimate Spaces Revealed (2014) group exhibition with Carol McGregor and Caitlin Franzmann. Curated by Debra Porch. Located at Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Fitting into yourself (left), Neti pot performance [1] (right), Neti pot performance set up (front)

Neti pot performance set up (front), Neti pot performance [1] (back),

Fitting into yourself

Somatic Experience Workshops

Somatic Experience Workshops (2013) promoted discussion about bodies by experimenting with each participant’s attentiveness to their individual bodily experience and the experiences of others. The workshops ran for a six week period with weekly group meetings. Participants received a take home task to complete in their own time. Each participant was given the opportunity to share and reflect on their experience of the task during the meetings. Tasks included using a netipot, focused attentiveness, bodily enjoyment and observing bodily experiences of others. Participants were asked to document or respond to their experience in the form of a still image and/or written response. These responses can be read here.

The workshops were held during Leena’s residency at LEVEL ARI’s Residency Program, at Metro Arts from July-September 2013. The outcomes of the workshops were exhibited at the end of the residency at the exhibition More Human in October 2013.

Tasks included:
Blowing bubbles
Using a neti pot
Eating food to colour your shit
Listening and analysing the conversations of others
Touching yourself.

Thank you to all of the participants who completed the workshops, LEVEL ARI and Metro Arts.