Sun, Apr 07|
creating from our bodies, creating with our bodies workshop
what if embodiment was a vaster experience than what we’ve been told? what could working in new mediums open up as we explore our vast experiences of embodiment in our creative practices? explore these questions in this virtual 7 week generative workshop.
Time & Location
Apr 07, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT
About the event
when i thought about how i wanted to launch my first book, like a dog, i came upon the idea to offer a workshop centered around some of the processes and ideas that this book explores. like a dog is about reclamation – of sexuality, embodiment, identity and relationships – in the aftermath of sexual violence and in the midst of the sexual violence we encounter in our culture. this class will highlight work from many of the writers and artists whose work i was exploring as i wrote my book. i've been learning so much about embodiment through the book-writing process and as i try to listen to my body’s needs and desires as a queer, disabled, neurodivergent femme. sharing this learning back to community feels like a beautiful way to honor my book as it makes its way into the world.
this workshop is designed to help us broaden our understanding of embodiment, and to use that vaster understanding as inspiration and material for our art. beyond expanding our definitions of embodiment and learning to honor our bodies’ experiences in the present moment, we will also explore the ways that a vaster sense of embodiment can transform both content and form in our art. we will explore multi-media creative practices to see what other artists have created related to embodiment and experiment with making in many mediums to allow our bodies to bloom our creations.
this workshop is for folks who want to:
- create art from a place of embodiment where that embodiment is self-defined.
- explore embodiment that is vast enough to hold experiences like dissociation, over-stimulation, hyper-fixation, fight/flight/freeze response, stimming, compulsions, pain and flare.
- examine the ways in which culture, systems and trauma impact our bodies while seeking reclamation of our bodies through our creative practices.
- discover how working in different mediums might open space to share about a broad array of embodied experiences.
we will spend the 7 weeks of this workshop:
- exploring ways of touching into our bodily experiences that feel safe and supportive to us.
- finding soothing practices that help to calm us when creating embodied art or touching into our bodies triggers difficult feelings or memories or is too overwhelming.
- seeking ways to reclaim the experiences of our bodies by understanding the cultural forces that work to separate us from our bodies and shame us for having bodily experiences outside of what is deemed “normal”.
- immersing ourselves in embodied art from creators whose experiences and backgrounds are diverse.
- experimenting with how our sense of embodiment can expand our creative practices.
- playing in different artistic mediums to help us explore the ways our unique embodiment wants to manifest creatively, and the ways different mediums create space to represent our embodied experiences.
- sharing our artwork with each other in a low stakes, gentle environment.
while this workshop includes group check-ins and discussions, participants may opt out of any activity that they prefer to. no one will be forced to share. we will also spend time in the first workshop agreeing upon community safety boundaries which must be maintained through the course of the workshop.
this workshop will have no more than 8 people in it. workshop sessions will take place on the following sundays: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19 from 3-5p MT (5-7p ET, 2-4p PT).
this workshop will also include an optional 1-hour long workshop with filmmaker, usama alsahibi*, who will be showing us how to use free video editing software (davinci resolve), so that folks who are new to working in video/film an opportunity to learn some of the basics of film editing. this optional workshop will be on may 9th from 6:30-7:30p MT (8:30-9:30p ET, 5:30-6:30p PT).
the fee for all 7 workshops is on a sliding scale of $350-550. you can register for the workshop now and pay later, as long as payment is received prior to the start of workshop. you may also pay the fee in installments at a pace that works for you, as long as you email me to discuss this and the first installment is received prior to the start of workshop.
there are two scholarship spots available for this workshop. if you would like a scholarship spot, please email me at email@example.com before registering.
please register through my website. registering will sign you up for all 7 workshop sessions. you can pay the sliding scale fee through venmo @Lauren-Samblanet
* usama alshaibi was born in baghdad, iraq and spent his formative years living between the united states and the middle east. he’s an active filmmaker and artist, who works in documentary and fiction, often blurring the line between the two. his films have screened widely at underground and international film festivals, media exhibitions and museums.