A Movement Class: Listening with the Body

Saturday 29 January 2022

In-person workshop facilitated by Ashanti Harris

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Saturday 29 January 2022, 14:30 - 16:30
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The history of the body is the history of human beings, for there is no cultural practice that is not first applied to the body. [...] Moreover, we do not have one history but different histories of the body: the body of men, of women, of the waged worker, of the enslaved, of the colonized. - Silvia Federici

This workshop is an invitation to explore and redefine our relationship to our bodies and the environments we move through. Working with movement and dance as a decolonial methodology for knowledge production, the workshop will begin with a series of warm up and body awareness exercises. We will then move outdoors on an audio guided walk which will offer a series of movement provocations considering the many layers of narratives which intersect and overlap with our own experiences. You will be encouraged to follow feeling rather than any kind of style or technique, moving towards an understanding of the body as an archive of memory, experience, knowledge and a tool for listening to our surroundings. 

This workshop forms part of The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Curriculum #2.

Participant information

This is a limited capacity in-person event taking place on both floors of Cooper Gallery and outside in the grounds of the gallery.  The workshop will begin with a series of warm up and body awareness exercises. We will then move outdoors on an audio guided walk which will offer a series of movement provocations.

  • Half of the workshop will be outdoors, please wear warm and comfortable clothes.
  • Bring a choice of writing material for reflection (paper and pen / phone / etc)
  • Please email exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk if you require an mp3 player and headphones for the audio walk. Otherwise a soundfile will be available to stream. Wifi passwords will be supplied.
A women with her arms in the air and head back in an exhibition room

Facilitator biography

Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher based in Glasgow. Working with dance, performance, facilitation, film, installation and writing, Ashanti’s work disrupts historical narratives and reimagines them from a Caribbean diasporic perspective. As part of her creative practice, she is co-director of the company Project X - platforming dance of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Scotland; and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating experimental movement workshops and research groups.Recent exhibitions include: JUMBIES, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2021); This Woman’s Work, Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami (2021); Radio Space, Borealis Festival, Bergen (2021); Miraculous Noise, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg (2021); OHCE, Radiophrenia, 87.9fm (2020); Being Present, OGR, Torino (2020); In The Open, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2020); The Index Impulse, Alchemy Film Festival, Hawick (2020); The Skeleton of a Name, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2019); Walking Through the Shadows Eyes Open, SUBSOLO Laboratório de Arte, São Paulo, (2019).

Funding support

The Ignorant Art School Sit-in #2 at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.

Funders logos for Creative Scotland and Goethe Institut

Image credit

  • Ashanti Harris, Second Site, performance still, 2019. Photo: Jen Martin

Cooper Gallery

+ 44 (0) 1382 385330

Event type Gallery event
Event category Design and Art