Denys BlackerVincular Mind: Sensing, Feeling and Making - Workshop
Image courtesy of Denys Blacker
4 – 6 March 2019
Flax Art Studios | Havelock House | Belfast | BT7 1EB
Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th 11.00 am – 4.30 pm
Thursday 7th March – Final Presentations 18:30
Workshop costs £60 – Includes lunch
Booking | Brian Patterson | firstname.lastname@example.org Tel | 07968643871
Denys Blacker is a visual artist whose practice spans performance art, drawing, sculpture and video. She holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture from WSCAD, Surrey, England (1981-84) and an M.A. Fine Art, Sculpture from Chelsea School of Art, London, England (1984-85) and recently was awarded her Phd from Northumbria University, through a practice-led doctorate investigating Synchronicity and Consciousness in Improvisatory Performance Art Practice. She has presented her performance work for over 30 years in Spain and internationally. Recent performance works include Thin Ice at the Days of Performance in Lviv, (Ukraine), Ten at OUI Performance at York Guildhall (England), The Three Roses in the Interakcje Festival at Pietrkow Tribunlaski, Poland, Birds in the Head, a reinvention of the group performance Birds by Allan Kaprow, in collaboration with Fundació Antoni Tàpies and la Bonne in Barcelona, Extensions Series with the Wolf in the Winter, Museum of Art Oxford, England and at Fierce Festival, Birmingham, England.
Blacker has lived and worked in Spain since 1987 and has been making live art works internationally for over 30 years. In 2002, she co-founded Gresol, a non-profit making cultural association with the Dutch artist, Anet van de Elzen, and since then, she has organised over 20 International Performance art festivals in Girona and Barcelona, including FEM, an annual festival showcasing the work of women performance artists, now in its 16th edition. She collaborates with la Bonne, Women’s Cultural Centre in Barcelona coordinating Cara a Cara., an ongoing programme of performance art, interviews and residencies, to promote works by women.
She is a member of the international performance group The Wolf in the Winter and a founding member of the EU funded project ELAA (European Live Art Archive) based in the University of Girona. She is founder and coordinator of Corpologia, a performance practice meeting and a magazine of the same name. She collaborates with other organisations programming performance art and live art events including; the Cicle d’Art d’Acció at Bòlit, Contemporary Art Centre in Girona and Flare (Forum for Live Art Research and Education) at the University of Northumbria (UK).
Vincular Mind: Sensing, Feeling and Making is an elastic sinuous psychic bond that allows for individuals in all their distinctness to move together, think together, feel together, to sense and make sense. This is a mutual synergy where each part is enhanced by summing their contributions with/to the other. We can imagine this as psychic threads that bind and animate us, articulate, tie and flex, offering us leverage, counterbalance, elasticity and suppleness. In this workshop, we will explore the implications of engaging with embodied, intuitive ways of knowing in relation to each other and to our environment as well as examining our individual and communal capacities for intercommunication.