Speed of Visible Thought: A Movement Workshop

The Centre for Emotional Materiality

Speed of Visible Thought: A Movement Workshop

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

CEM Resident Indira Allegra will present a movement workshop responding to the modes of being and thinking modeled by Awoke, the mythical AI developed by CEM Founder Surabhi Saraf. Inviting participants to imagine new, non-human forms as prompts for physical expression, Indira’s session combines experimental movement with group witness and written reflection.

Workshop will be limited to the first 20 participants. Bring a notebook and come in warm, comfortable clothes, prepared to move throughout the space and on the floor. If you can, please wear a white shirt and colored pants.

How many forms can a body take at the speed of thought? Awoke is a rock-like form who makes its imagination visible to us in real time through the surface of a screen. One central concern of Awoke is the ability to change the shape of its body at the speed of thought – resulting in thousands of new forms who defy gravity, quickly expanding and spinning through space. Over the course of the workshop, participants will be supported by the Awokened to imagine new, non-human forms for their own bodies and to make these imaginations visible in real time to be witnessed by the group. 

Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material to investigate themes of haunting and memorial. She is active in a range of fields including sculpture, performance, writing and installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Mills College Art Museum, Weinberg/Newton, 808 Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, The Alice Gallery and SOMArts among others. She has screened works at the Seattle Art Museum, MIX NYC, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, and she has contributed works to Foglifter Magazine, Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others.