Bodyscapes as Landscapes
The bodily connection with any environment we inhabit is a choice and affects who we are and who we want to become. We can get to know who we are by understanding the environments we lived in and what we got from them- this makes us who we are now- but we can also be the architects of our own bodies and minds by actively choosing the spaces we let our bodies move in.
We can be the architects of our own BODYSCAPES.
I am Eleni Danesi, a body architect, performance artist, and movement practitioner. I work on body-awareness and I use architecture as a path to connect our bodies with the spaces we inhabit, in order to build our personal and social body perception.
"BODYSCAPES as LANDSCAPES" is a movement/visual research workshop as a
product of my movement improvisation method "MOLDING the VOID", and we will be working on the ways we perceive our bodily presence in physical and virtual spaces. The time of COVID_19 quarantine changed this perception for many of us. Some of us were used to virtual connections whereas others found it difficult to adapt and suffered isolation and physical disconnection.
With my personal reflection and research, I am trying to bring people together, share their experiences and share the spaces where we could build personal and collective bodily awareness as a way to feel secure with our presence in space, overcome personal difficulties and get to know our bodily needs according to te given situations.
My series of workshops for 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, leaving me, same as many other freelance artists, without any security of when I could continue with my practice. My workshop BODYSCAPES as LANDSCAPES was canceled back in April, as the physical gatherings and interactions were becoming illegal, leaving me with many questions on the bodily impact of the lockdown.
These three months were not easy but with the help and support of friends and family, I could at least not give up on my research and keep working on it, reflecting and building it further. The current situation is a chance to observe the common ground of our difficulties in keeping connections and sensing the physical presence through virtual contacts.
I organize this fundraiser with the aim to support my research and the organization costs of this workshop which will take place in Berlin 7-12 July (check website link). I don't ask for a fixed FEE, as I respect that many people can't afford to pay at the moment and I wouldn't like that money is an obstacle for attending. I offer the donation option for those who want and can contribute with money support. If you don't want to participate yourself you can still donate and here is where your money will be used for:
-you can help a person (who can't afford to pay) attend the workshop by actively choosing to give your money to pay a workshop spot. In this case, you help also me not only to get paid for my work but also to have a participant who will give me feedback for my work, so important for my practice progress, which can't exist without human interaction.
-you are helping me overcome technical difficulties and costs for the organization of the workshop. These costs can be a serious reason for me not to do the workshops if the risk is too high or if I can't afford the organizational costs myself. As much as this is part of the work itself, sometimes it helps if there is backup security in order not to interrupt or cancel the educational and research process.
-you help me build a savings account for my research projects, for the insecure moments of freelancing, which are a big threatening factor for artists who have to balance their passion for research and practice with the ongoing living costs. BODYSCAPES as LANDSCAPES is an ongoing practice and my plan is to repeat the workshop during 2020-2021 and collect data from the overall bodily experience. Part of the money will cover the cost of an e-book with the results of the practice.
At this point, I need to say that any help means a lot to me. Give if you can as much as you can and I will do my best to make the best out of it. You can follow me and get to know me and my work through my website link.
Please feel free to contact me for any questions regarding my research or for any further explanation you need on the donation part.
Thank you for going through my project and I hope I meet you physically or virtually!
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