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Dragging Workshop
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Some were carried, some- dragged behind, Eglė Budvytytė. Photo: Rasa Juškevičiūtė, Susannah Wimberly.

This workshop is led by artist Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome working with Eglė Budvytytė’s dragging practice as a starting point. It is a somatic workshop on care, attention and employing the act of dragging the body as a temporal release of verticality and singularity. The first part of the workshop is a bodywork session, focused on witnessing, observing and touch. With the second part of the workshop comprising of dragging exercises as a practice derived from the performance Some were carried, some – dragged behind (2015). 

 The aim is to work with a sense of gravity, trust, and care and to try out different perspectives and angles of looking at the world. Dragging will be practiced as a gentle and slow gesture with a focus on the pleasure of being dragged. The practice of dragging is also about intimacy between humans as they move through space: the draggers and the dragged ones. In a workshop context, dragging temporarily collapses social hierarchies between those involved, and facilitates the emergence of a body as a sheer matter with an amalgamation of organs, liquids, flesh and bones. 

The workshop is a meeting point for both Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Egle Budvytyte’s practices and is participatory. Please note that the workshop will be held in the exhibition space and there may be people watching at times.
Eglė Budvytytė is an artist based in Vilnius and Amsterdam working at the intersection between visual and performing arts. She approaches movement and gesture as technologies for a possible subversion of normativity, gender and social roles and for dominant narratives governing public spaces. Her practice, spanning across songs, poetry, videos and performances, explores the persuasive power of collectivity, vulnerability and permeable relationships between bodies, audiences and the environments.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing and voicing as divination and political gesture, presenting in institutions, urban, rural and alternative spaces. She creates work that shifts perspectives, crafting spaces of potential where thought, attention and action can resituate experience within our environments, stimulating kinaesthetic responses, as well as innate gut, bodily and imaginative intelligence.
05:00 pm
Tue, 05 Dec 2023
Lower Gallery

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