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HEAVY BREATHING ARTISTS

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Caroline Alexander was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in theater, dance, and performance studies from UC Berkeley.


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Larry Arrington is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose choreography has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
Z Space, The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Supperclub, backyards, living-rooms, and in New York at The American Realness Festival. She has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, CounterPULSE, Kunst-Stoff Arts, the Garage, and ODC’s Sandbox Series.


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Chani Bockwinkel is a dancer person who works in photography and video. Her work was most recently shown at aunts, NYC and the Collage Festival in Philladelphia.


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BONANZA, the collective practice of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams, centers around ideas of abstraction and questions of authorship, while dismantling ideas of the heroic artist. They have exhibited at Tmoro Projects, Interface Gallery, Artists’ Television Access, and n/a in the Bay area.


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8ulentina’s name is inspired by Bulent Ersoy, a legendary transgender Turkish singer. For 8ulentina, DJing is about creating a personal archive that tells a story; it can take the form of a Turkish trance remix, an Egyptian Mahraganat track, or a sad R&B track.

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Sarah Burke is a journalist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing focuses on art, identity, social justice, technology, feminism, and the intersection therein. She is currently an editor at Broadly. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Wired, KQED, Broadly, Artsy, SFMoMA Open Space, Momus, Hyperallergic, Creators, Art Practical, Hi-Fructose, Complex, and the East Bay Express - of which she is the former Managing Editor.


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Joshua Kit Clayton is a musician, artist, and deejay based in San Francisco. He has been releasing and deejaying music in the space that spans and surrounds techno, house, dub, and noise for over 15 years, with recordings on a variety of labels including Orthlorng Musork, Cytrax, ~Scape, DropBeat, Soul Jazz, Context, Parallel, Mille Plateaux, Vertical Form, Background, Nummer, Musique Risquée, and Car Park.


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Zen Cohen received her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis and her BFA in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her video, photo and performance projects have been presented in venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, deYoung Museum, Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, ARTSpace New Haven, Vanity Projects, Center for New Music & Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Recombinant Media Lab, SOMArts, Krowswork, 21 Grand, Roxie Cinema and Artists Television Access (ATA).


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Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread), SENT (Invisible Venue) and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014(Gauss PDF), a print and digital archive of 40 "night novels," art books and poetry. In 2017 he and Fire Drill staged Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical, as part of Minneapolis's Momentum dance festival, commissioned by The Walker Art Center, The Cowles Center, and other local organizations. Previously based in the Bay Area, he now lives in Los Angeles.


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Sofía Córdova: Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, California, Córdova's work considers sci-fi and futurity, dance and music culture(s), the internet, mystical things, extinction and mutation, migration, and climate change under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies. She is one half of the music duo, XUXA SANTAMARIA. Through this project she scores all of her video and performance work.



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Lisa Rybovich Crallé is an interdisciplinary artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her installations and collaborative performance projects incorporate elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture. In addition to her studio practice, Lisa also teaches Drawing & Sculpture and co-organizes Heavy Breathing, a series of experimental movement seminars designed by artists that combine physical activity with group discussion on ideas related to their creative practice.





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Laura Boles Faw’s work consists of investigations through sculptural objects, installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines spatial and social constructions and looks to create new meanings and transformative fictions. She has exhibited at Scrawl Center for Drawing, Ever Gold Gallery, Alterspace, Meridian Gallery, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Vast Space Projects in Las Vegas.



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Margit Galanter, MA GCFP is a movement educator, arts investigator, and dance poet living in Oakland. Her unique practice, Physical Intelligence, helps people experience the innate clarity and vitality one can uncover through the potency of movement. Physical Intelligence incorporates Margit’s expertise as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm, acupressurist, qigong practitioner, and movement artist. Margit received an MA in Movement Research and Practice from NYU’s Gallatin School in 2004. She works one-on-one with clients, teaches workshops, performs, and collaborates with practitioners from a wide range of media and disciplines. In her practices, she is committed to nourishing vivid lives.

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Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, sculpture and performance. Her work is devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2004) and an MFA from Stanford University (2011) where her research focused on the history of communications technology and the physiological and psychophysical effects of music and sound on the body. 


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Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. She uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization
to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, Mexicanidad, and proper and improper ethnic, gender, and queer subjects. As a community organizer, Ibarra’s work is located within immigrant, anti-rape, and prison abolitionist movements.


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Jeepneys (Anna Luisa Petrisko) is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist. Named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, she is of mixed race Filipina and Slovak heritage and her work focuses on the complexities of identity, memory, and language through a decolonizing and critical lens.


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Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism, and the novel petit cadeau, which was published by The Chocolate Factory Theater in print and live editions. She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and has bylines in numerous publications, including ARTFORUMBOMB, and The New York Times, where she was an arts critic and reporter from 2005-2015. animals & giraffes, her duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief and an ongoing roster of collaborators, has released two albums: July (with various musicians; Edgetone Records, 2017) and Landlocked Beach (with Wobbly; Creative Sources, 2018). In February 2016 she became editor-in-chief of Open Space.


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Christina Linden began working as Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture at the Oakland Museum of California in the winter of 2013. Prior to her tenure at OMCA, Linden worked as an independent curator and writer based in Oakland with projects at SFMOMA, Kadist Art Foundation, and Stanford. She teaches as visiting graduate faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from New York University.


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Claude Linden Smith was born in September 2014. Claude screams a lot and mostly in a happy way. While rolling used to be a favorite hobby, as of May 2015 there is a lot of crawling by sliding around on the belly like a lizard. Standing up with support is also a current interest, and a good guess is that there will be walking and running by August.








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Julz Hale Mary is a multi-media performance artist who exposes the absurdity of polite society, with a particular focus on interrogating the white patriarchy by creating campy renderings of feminized pathologies. Their work has been featured at SOMArts, The Lab, Artists’ Television Access, Submission, The Stud, Seattle LGBT Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, and The Center for Sex and Culture.



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Olive Mckeon is a dancer and researcher from Northern California, who writes on the intersections between Marxism, feminism, and dance studies. She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, completing a dissertation on historical materialist approaches to San Francisco modern dance history. From 2012-2017, she was a member of a curatorial collective called SALTA that put together a monthly series of experimental dance in Oakland. From 2015-2017, she co-directed the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley. She has danced with the choreographers Abby Crain, Hana van der Kolk, Sophia Wang, and Jmy James Kidd as well as in her own work.


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Olivia Mole was born in London, England in 1975. She attended The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University, and received an MA in Production Design from the National Film and Television School in the UK. Her work has been shown guerrilla style in her own garage, at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Southern Exposure, the Wattis Institute, and Pro Arts Oakland.

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Christian Nagler is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness and Yoga for Adjuncts, which pursues economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. Lately, he has been doing ethnographic research into the performance culture of Silicon Valley, making videos like Shoulder Babies, and working to build an organization called phoebe.
A book Human Capital: A Life was published in 2016. Other recent writing can be found in TDR, Performance Research, and Art Practical.




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Raphael Noz is a San Francisco-based artist and educator whose performances have been shown at The San Diego Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as many galleries and venues in the Bay Area and beyond. He holds an MFA from CCA and an MS from Wheelock College in Education, and is currently a Root Division studio artist.


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Jasmine Nyende is a new media and performance artist from South Central Los Angeles. Her work revolves around social media and deleted posts, the shame in public memory and the ephemerality of beauty. She sees her art as a never-ending attempt to take the perfect selfie. Jasmine is currently writing a book of poems entitled Tension about a family. She runs a radio show on KCHUNG Radio and publishes the art & poetry zine Fit Form Function.Her band Fuck U Pay Us is an Afropunk band based out of South Central, LA. They are Uhuru Moor (vocals/guitar), Tianna Nicole (drums), Jasmine Nyende (vocals), and Ayotunde Osareme (bass).


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Brontez Purnell is author of the cult zine “Fag School,” frontman for his band “The Younger Lovers,” and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. He earned a B.F.A. in Theatre and Contemporary Dance at California State University, East Bay, just published his first novella,” Johnny Would You Love Me (if My Dick Were Bigger),” with Rudos and Rubes, and will publish a second novel, “Since I Laid My Burden Down…,” with the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Books.


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Kate Rhoades is an Oakland-based multimedia artist. She received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and her MFA from Mills College. Rhoades has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and has taught art students of all ages. Her work has been exhibited in art venues, alleys, and hotel rooms across the United States and Canada.





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Chris Sollars Artist and director of 667Shotwell, Sollars work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through interventions and performance. The results are documented using photographs, sculpture, and video that are integrated into mixed-media installations. Sollars is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture, Mills College, Oakland, CA. Awards include 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 San Francisco Arts Commission: Individual Artist Commission Grant, 2012 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Grant, 2009 Headlands Center for the Arts residency, and 2015 Recology Artist is Residence.


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Stairwell’s is a hybrid project – part curatorial platform, part social engagement – run by artists Carey Lin and Sarah Hotchkiss. Founded in 2011, we organize site-specific exhibitions, interactive events and facilitated explorations of the urban landscape. We aim to create new models for audiences to engage with art by shifting exhibitions out of traditional gallery settings and into transitional spaces like stairwells, garages, balconies and windows.


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Stephanie Syjuco: Born in the Philippines in 1974, Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, The 12th Havana Bienal, The 2015 Asian Art Biennial (Taiwan), among others. A long-time educator, she has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, The San Francisco Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of California at Berkeley. She lives and works in Oakland, California.


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Brian Tester has been involved in music and art-focused practices and collaborations since the late 1990s, bringing a focus on sonic detail, left field allusion, and an intuitive grasp of improvisation to each musical project he has been involved in. In addition to solo appearances, he currently performs in the minimal electronics duo Spaceburn, and in a constantly morphing variety of bands and projects, as performer and engineer.



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Eli Thorne is a transgender Oakland based hybrid artist born in Harrogate, England, and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He received his BFA from UC Berkeley and his MFA from Mills College. His work has been shown in a variety of spaces in the Bay Area, the greater US, and Canada.


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Cassie Thornton is a feminist economist and artist. In her newest work, she turns towards the development of experimental techniques for healing the social and biomedical wounds that result from surviving smash and grab capitalism. These techniques are meant to support the development of collective powers for those made weak, invisible, sick and isolated by capitalism, so those who have been trampled may begin to heal and generate the ideas and practices for a benevolent future society.


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Sophia Wang creates and performs movement-based works in collaboration with performance artists, writers, and visual and sound artists. She co-founded the Brontez Purnell Dance Company and has danced for artists Xavier le Roy, Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, Xandra Ibarra, and Amara Tabor-Smith. She earned a PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley, and integrates her research and performance practices through writing and curatorial projects focused on critical somatics: thinking with and as bodies.




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Heavy Breathing ︎ 2018



Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?
Mark