BARBARA GAMPER

womb to web
(human/non-human entanglements #2)

15.06.19 – 28.07.19





KELDER is pleased to present womb to web (human/non-human entanglements #2), a durational project by Barbara Gamper that touches upon the dynamic processes of becoming whilst questioning the conditioning qualities of culture on the gendered body.

Returning to the generic notion of care as ‘everything that we do to maintain, continue and repair our world so that we can live in it as well as possible. That world includes our bodies, ourselves and our environment, all that we seek to interweave in a complex life sustaining web’.
María Puig de la Bellacasa referencing Joan Tronto in
‘Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds’, 2017

Responding to social systems scientist Riane Eisler’s research on sustainability and partnerships, Gamper wishes to unpick the threads surrounding the notion of a more equitable world based not on domination, but on partnership. Re-enforced by the formal qualities of Gamper’s textiles, performers become active participants in an alternative arrangement of power, thus turning the textiles into a re-imagined collective cloth.
As if the source of a subterranean river, the space becomes flooded in textiles marked with an aquatic motif from a lost civilisation. A constant reminder of another time and place far removed from our own – removed from our own failing world. Slipping from this source is a body that is slowly learning to move, to touch, to feel and to be, whilst simultaneously becoming entangled in a web – a web that conditions.

Gamper and guest contributors will begin to explore the complex and contested notion of touch and the role of the performing body within this system through a series of performative gestures and workshops throughout the project.
Meditating on María Puig de la Bellacasa’s thinking around touch as described in her timely publication Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds, she posits “The ambivalence of touch, the reversibility of touch (who touches is also touche), to be in touch physically doesn’t mean being in touch with oneself (or the other), is there something like a detached touch?’’ A consuming touch, an illusion of being in touch with oneself by performing/mimicking/consuming gestures and postures. How to engage with oneself in this contemporary landscape of political, economic and ecological anxiety?

The space will remain in constant flux for the duration of the project with new textile works being added, re-arranged and altered. In addition to the performance by Gamper on the opening night, the project will also be punctuated by a series of somatic workshops based in Body-Mind Centering and Klein Technique™.


This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.

Our first guest curator is the artist, Ingrid Berthon-Moine who works across sculpture, photography and installation. She addresses concerns around the representation of gender relations and gender narratives through her practice.
About
Barbara Gamper’s practice lies at the intersection of somatic bodywork, performance, moving image and textiles. The body holds a central role in her process of making. Gamper is interested in its archival layers of experience, emotion and sensation – the inert knowledge inscribed at the level of bones and muscles – and in the process of connecting and unearthing these. She graduated in 2016 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Run the World (girls)’, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Pontives (2019); ‘At the level of the bone’, Chalton Gallery (2018); ‘Cellular Breathing (toward fluid bodies and autotelic experience’, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (2018) and ‘We Move in Her Way’ by Sonia Boyce, ICA, London (2016).

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HIMALI SINGH SOIN

Threads 

23.07.19



KELDER commissioned Himali Singh Soin to respond to Barbara Gamper’s project, Womb to Web (Human/Non-Human Entanglements #2). Taking the form of a creative writing piece, Singh Soin offers a poetic and pertinent account of the themes explored in the project.
Threads – Himali Singh Soin
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This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.

Our first guest curator is the artist, Ingrid Berthon-Moine who works across sculpture, photography and installation. She addresses concerns around the representation of gender relations and gender narratives through her practice.
About
Barbara Gamper’s practice lies at the intersection of somatic bodywork, performance, moving image and textiles. The body holds a central role in her process of making. Gamper is interested in its archival layers of experience, emotion and sensation – the inert knowledge inscribed at the level of bones and muscles – and in the process of connecting and unearthing these. She graduated in 2016 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Run the World (girls)’, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Pontives (2019); ‘At the level of the bone’, Chalton Gallery (2018); ‘Cellular Breathing (toward fluid bodies and autotelic experience’, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (2018) and ‘We Move in Her Way’ by Sonia Boyce, ICA, London (2016).

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ANONTIO DE LE FE

Klein Technique Workshop

21.06.19
11:00–13:00





21.06.19
11.00–13.00
SYRACUSAE
134 Liverpool Road
Islington, London N1 1LA

For the final event in our current project, womb to web (human/nonhuman entanglements #2), artist Barbara Gamper have invited Antonio de la Fe to lead a workshop and teach a Klein Technique™ Stretch and Placement class.

After exploring the fluid systems of the body in a previous workshop with Katy Dymoke in Body Mind Centring, we will now move on to explore the skeletal system. The purpose of Klein Technique™ is education, not on the superficial level of mimicking form, but on a profoundly deep level of understanding the full use of the body as an integral whole to maximize full function of each individuals unique movement potential. (Susan Klein). More info on Klein Technique™ may be found here.

Participants for this workshop don't need to have any prior knowledge of the technique or other movement techniques but we do ask that you please wear comfortable clothing. The workshop is free but please confirm your interest at studio@kelderprojects.com as spaces are limited. This is an off-site event and will take place at SYRACUSAE, 134 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LA

Barbara Gamper’s project, womb to web (human/nonhuman entanglements #2) is currently on every Thurs – Sun 12.00 to 17.00 thorough 28 July 2019.


This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.

Our first guest curator is the artist, Ingrid Berthon-Moine who works across sculpture, photography and installation. She addresses concerns around the representation of gender relations and gender narratives through her practice.
About
Barbara Gamper’s practice lies at the intersection of somatic bodywork, performance, moving image and textiles. The body holds a central role in her process of making. Gamper is interested in its archival layers of experience, emotion and sensation – the inert knowledge inscribed at the level of bones and muscles – and in the process of connecting and unearthing these. She graduated in 2016 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Run the World (girls)’, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Pontives (2019); ‘At the level of the bone’, Chalton Gallery (2018); ‘Cellular Breathing (toward fluid bodies and autotelic experience’, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (2018) and ‘We Move in Her Way’ by Sonia Boyce, ICA, London (2016).

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BARBARA GZMPER & INGRID BERHON–MOINE

Walthamstow Wetlands Field Trip

16.06.19
10:30–13:00



16.06.19
10.30–13.00
Engine House Cafe
2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH
For the third event in our current project, womb to web (human/nonhuman entanglements #2), we will embark on a field trip facilitated by artist Barbara Gamper and guest curator Ingrid Berthon-Moine.
We will explore the aquatic terrain of the Walthamstow Wetlands, taking breaks for small stretches to engage with our bodies and the liquidity around us. We will discuss some of the texts from a reader compiled by Barbara Gamper and Ingrid Berthon-Moine that informs the research of the project and expands on some of the central concepts around care, power, partnership and fluidity.

The field trip is free but please confirm your interest at studio@kelderprojects.com as spaces are limited. This is on off-site event and  we will meet at the Engine House Cafe, 2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH. Nearest Tube station Tottenham Hale (10mins walk)

Barbara Gamper’s project, womb to web (human/nonhuman entanglements #2) is currently on every Thurs – Sun 12.00 to 17.00 thorough 28 July 2019.


This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.

Our first guest curator is the artist, Ingrid Berthon-Moine who works  across sculpture, photography and installation. She addresses concerns around the representation of gender relations and gender narratives through her practice.
About
Barbara Gamper’s practice lies at the intersection of somatic bodywork, performance, moving image and textiles. The body holds a central role in her process of making. Gamper is interested in its archival layers of experience, emotion and sensation – the inert knowledge inscribed at the level of bones and muscles – and in the process of connecting and unearthing these. She graduated in 2016 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Run the World (girls)’, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Pontives (2019); ‘At the level of the bone’, Chalton Gallery (2018); ‘Cellular Breathing (toward fluid bodies and autotelic experience’, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (2018) and ‘We Move in Her Way’ by Sonia Boyce, ICA, London (2016).

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KATY DEMOKE

Body Mind Centering Workshop

29.06.19
11:00



29.06.19
11.00
SYRACUSAE
134 Liverpool Road
Islington
London N1 1LA
Katy Dymoke will give a workshop on Body Mind Centering as a response to Barbara Gamper’s current project at KELDER, womb to web (human/nonhuman entanglements) that focusses on the fluid systems of our bodies.

Understanding fluids as the transportation system of the body,  they underlie presence and transformation, set the ground for basic communication, and mediate the dynamics of flow between rest and activity, tension and relaxation. The characteristics of each fluid relate to a different quality of movement, touch, voice, and state of mind. These relationships can be approached from the aspects of movement, mind states, or from anatomical and physiological functioning. In the workshop we will be gaining awareness of your own fluid affinities and recognizing their embodiment and expression in others.

Participants for this workshop don't need to have any prior knowledge of the technique or other movement techniques but we do ask that you please wear comfortable clothing. The workshop is free but please confirm your interest at studio@kelderprojects.com as spaces are limited. This is an off-site event and will take place at SYRACUSAE, 134 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LA

Katy has been teaching Body Mind Centering in the UK since 1997 and has integrated BMC into her practice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in the NHS where she was a specialist in touch and non-verbal methods in adult learning disability services for 9 years. Currently completing her PhD on the impact of touch in Movement Psychotherapy and BMC, Katy has also presented her research at conferences and has published her writing on touch based working methodology and integrated dance. Collaborating with musicians, actors and dancers for more than three decades, she has been an advocate for integrated arts practice.



This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.

Our first guest curator is the artist, Ingrid Berthon-Moine who works  across sculpture, photography and installation. She addresses concerns around the representation of gender relations and gender narratives through her practice.
About
Barbara Gamper’s practice lies at the intersection of somatic bodywork, performance, moving image and textiles. The body holds a central role in her process of making. Gamper is interested in its archival layers of experience, emotion and sensation – the inert knowledge inscribed at the level of bones and muscles – and in the process of connecting and unearthing these. She graduated in 2016 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Run the World (girls)’, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Pontives (2019); ‘At the level of the bone’, Chalton Gallery (2018); ‘Cellular Breathing (toward fluid bodies and autotelic experience’, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin (2018) and ‘We Move in Her Way’ by Sonia Boyce, ICA, London (2016).

barbaragamper.com