November 16, 2019 

Judith Rodenbeck:
Bipedal Modernity

The Lab. San Francisco, CA 

Heavy Breathing presents “Bipedal Modernity” a peripatetic workshop by writer and cultural historian, Judith Rodenbeck. This hybrid lecture/workshop looks at a history of walking and its imaging from the late 19th century invention of chronophotography through the first moon walk to the present. This event is FREE and open to the public.


November 16, 2019 ~ 7:00pm
The Lab
2948 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103



Judith Rodenbeck‘s teaching and research encompass critical theory, performance studies, the politics of aesthetics, and radical pedagogy, especially as these engage with modernism and its avant-gardes and with contemporary art practice. Her first book Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings (MIT, 2011) explores the emergence of performance and intermedia in the American fine arts of the 1950s. She is currently working on several book-length projects: case-studies of four women artists engaged with media ecologies ca. 1969, which will feature essays on Lygia Clark, Joan Jonas, Alison Knowles, and Marta Minujin; a longitudinal study of the intersections between what Marcel Mauss called “techniques of the body” and the visual arts, configured through the notion of the performative; and an experimental text, Bipedal Modernity.

In addition to authoring numerous catalogue essays, she has served as editor-in-chief of  Art Journal and is on the editorial board of Evental Aesthetics. Her work has appeared in journals such as October, Grey Room, X-TRA, Artforum, Modern Painters, Sculpture, Woman’s Art Journal, Brooklyn Rail, and Camera Austria, among others. A Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, she is also a past recipient of grants from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Rodenbeck is Assistant Professor of media and cultural studies at University of California, Riverside.

Image: Étienne-Jules Marey, Walking Man, 1884.

Sept 27 + 28, 2019

Anna Martine Whitehead + Sofía Córdova: 
Surrounding Desire

Dance Mission. San Francisco, CA 

“Surrounding Desire” is a two-part workshop led by Chicago-based artist/scholar Anna Martine Whitehead in collaboration with Bay Area artist Sofía Córdova. Both sessions are FREE and open to the public.


Friday 9/27/19, 6-8pm: Lecture / Discussion
Saturday 9/28/19, 4:30-7pm: Movement Workshop

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SURROUNDING DESIRE is a somatic sound meditation on quantum Black feminist futures, a post-borders dance class, the ringing of a sensorial tuning fork. Participants of all abilities and practices are invited to engage in movement research in quantum Black feminist futures beginning with desire as an entry point. As a group, we'll explore ideas of intersectionality, entanglement, and empty space as they apply to our bodies as expressive objects in relation to the environment, one another, and ourselves. We will ask and never conclusively answer: Where in our movement and listening practices does desire bump up against the invisible forces and quantum impulses all around us? How can we be together so that we can build together?

This workshop privileges the experiences and knowledges of Black and Brown femmes, queer, and trans folks. Both days are open to all participants regardless of background or ability. Friday’s workshop will draw heavily on the scholarship of Audre Lorde, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Michelle Wright, Harriet Jacobs, and Karen Barad. While it is not necessary to have read anything before we meet, all participants are encouraged to have at least a conversation with folks they trust about intersectionality in their lives. Participants should bring a notepad and writing instrument.Saturday’s workshop will involve continuous movement and participants should wear comfy clothes and bring water and a snack. Participants should bring a notepad and writing instrument.


  • Karen Barad, most things.

  • John Berger. On the Economy of the Dead, (Harper’s Magazine), September, 2008.

  • Adrienne maree brown. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, (AK Press), 2017.

  • Gabrielle Civil. Experiments in Joy, (The Accomplices), 2019.

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, everything.

  • Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, (Minor Compositions), 2013.

  • Harriet Jacobs / Linda Brent. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, (Thayer and Eldridge), 1861.

  • Audre Lorde, everything.

  • Katherine McKittrick. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. (University of Minnesota Press), 2006.

  • Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World, (University of Minnesota Press), 2013.

  • Jenny Sharpe. Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archive of Black Women’s Lives, (University of Minnesota Press), 2002.

  • Michelle Wright. Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology, (University of Minnesota Press), 2015.

Anna Martine Whitehead

Anna Martine Whitehead does performance. She has been presented by venues including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Chicago Cultural Center; Links Hall; AUNTS; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has developed her craft working closely with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, Jesse Hewit, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. She has been recognized with awards from the Graham Foundation, 3Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Rauschenberg Foundation, and Djerassi. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and bodies in action for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and has contributed chapters to a range of publications including Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford, 2017), Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Sobsercove, 2016), Platforms: Ten Years of Chances Dances (2016), and Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism (NYU, 2009). Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).

Sofía Córdova

Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, California, interdisciplinary artist Sofía Córdova's work considers sci-fi and futurity, dance and music culture(s), the internet, mystical objects, extinction, mutation, and climate change especially as they relate to the lives of queer bodies, particularly those of color, under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies. She works primarily with performance, music/sound, video, photography, painting, and installation.

She has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and international venues such as Art Hub in Shanghai and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Germany and has participated in residencies at Mills College Museum, the ASU Museum, and The Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work was featured in the latest edition of Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is part of Pier 24’s and The Whitney Museum’s permanent collections and has been the subject of a First Look feature in Art in America.

October-November, 2018

Future Tao

Meme Space. Taipei, Taiwan

Heavy Breathing will join lololol in the group exhibition “Future Tao” organized by Sheryl Cheung and Xia Lin at Meme Space (Taipei) from Oct-Nov 2018. Heavy Breathing will offer artist-led HB A/V audio and video contributions, as well as a live Heavy Breathing session. Click HERE to experience HB A/V.

About lololol

lololol is an ongoing interpretive manuscript of Taoist-informed experimental practices for mind and body cultivation in contemporary times. Collectively written and organically evolving, the manuscript includes a decentralized program of weekly exercises and techniques shared as a community for inspirations of healthy living.

Responding to today's increasingly cybernetic lifestyles, the program includes a variety of benefits, including the improvement of circulation between the real and virtual, fitness of expanded consciousness, deeper understanding of our new bodies, and connection between lives of all kind.

Since ancient times, humans have been developing mind and body techniques to expand their material experience and the potential of consciousness. Since the Enlightenment, such efforts have been predominated by the logic of science and western technology. As computer technology is becoming increasingly pervasive in everyday life, human lifestyles are becoming increasingly cybernetic, and our sense of space, time and existence is rapidly changing. In the face of these new living conditions, what are new mind and body practices for the purpose of self-cultivation?

The kind of self-cultivation we explore in this project is marked by an excavation of ancient Taoist wisdom re-embodied with contemporary imagination. The manuscript builds upon, but are not limited to, ontological dualism, cosmic technics, mindful consciousness, and active relationship between heaven, man and nature.

lololol was co-founded by Xia Lin and Sheryl Cheung in 2013. The project focuses on the fast-evolving understandings of consciousness, sensory systems, and what it means to be human in the contemporary age. Our past projects include Make A Wish at Jeju National Museum, Korea; Internet Implosion & Internet Yamiichi x lololol at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; at Login & Dance at Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, and Endless Love at Jiang Shan Yi Gao Suo, Taiwan.

September 2018

Bangkok Biennial: Future Tao 

Bangkok, Thailand and
Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan

In September 2018, Heavy Breathing joins the self-organized online pavilion “Future Tao” at the Bangkok Biennial in partnership with lololol, a project co-founded by Sheryl Cheung and Xia Lin. From September 23 to September 30, lololol will serve as a virtual platform for a series of Heavy Breathing A/V broadcasts exploring critical somatics through artist-led audio and video experiences.To kick off this project, artist Christian Nagler will lead a special trans-Pacific livestream workshop “Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics” on Saturday Sept 21 11pm PST (Sept 22 2pm Taipei time) that will be screened at the Tapei Contemporary Art Center for a live audience of participants.

Heavy Breathing presents Christian Nagler: “Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics“
Livestream event description:

In this session we will delve deeply into some embodied non-solutions to the problem of global risk management. What are global risk management practices and how do they relate to our nervous systems? Listen, follow along and engage in an athletic and de-armoring session of Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles. Wear comfortable clothes. Prepare to move, breathe intensely, yell, and freak out a little.

1. Ulrich Beck, Living in the World Risk Society, 2006
2. Michel Foucault, Security Territory, Population, Lectures at the College de France, 1979
(especially lecture #2)
3. Benjamin Lee and Edward Lipuma, Circulatory Risks and the Speculative Habitus
4. Dusan Makavejev, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, 19715. Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, 1933 and Character Analysis, 1933
6. Claire Souch, Pushing the Boundaries of Catastrophe Modeling, 2014
7. Peter A. Levine Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma

Watch footage of the livestream HERE: 

Image: Character Analysis, Wilhelm Reich

You can also stream or download a HB/AV audio-track of “Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics” lead by Christian Nagler with soundscape by DJ Kit Clayton, featuring Amelia Carter, Kevin Nagler, and Susannah Schoff. (22:28 min)  HERE:

For more information about the event:
Taipei Contemporary Art Center website:

Activity Schedule (Taipei Center for Contemporary Art):
2:00 Entrance
2:15 Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics (livestream from Oakland, California)
3:00 Internal Motivations
3:45 3C Xin Yi Quan

Guides: Heavy Breathing, Sheryl Cheung, Xia Lin
Maximum 15 participants. Registration is closed now.
No prior experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing for light exercise

Please scroll down for Chinese language info.

About Christian Nagler

Christian Nagler is an artist and writer who lives in Oakland, CA. 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 Review, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Art Practical. Christian is also on instagram.

Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics Performer Bios:
Amelia Charter is an artist, performer and teacher living in Los Angeles.
Kevin Nagler is an artist currently located in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Susannah Schoff is a teacher who lives in Alameda, CA

About lololol is an ongoing interpretive manuscript of Taoist-informed experimental practices for mind and body cultivation in contemporary times. The manuscript is collectively written, organically evolving, and includes a decentralized program of exercises and techniques shared as a community for inspirations of healthy living. Responding to today’s increasingly cybernetic lifestyles, includes a variety of benefits, including the improvement of circulation between the real and virtual, fitness of expanded consciousness, deeper understanding of our new bodies, and connection between lives of all kind.

Future Tao: Workout Guide is an artist-led workout session that features three projects participating in Heavy Breathing presents Christian Nagler: Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics, a neurological dialogue on global risk and the body, including muscle relaxation, full-textual paralysis and brain stimulation from distant galaxies. Sound artist Sheryl Cheung’s Internal Motivations is a collective listening and improvisation session for energy circulation between people and their environments. Multimedia artist Xia Lin guides a workshop session of 3C Xing Yi Quan, a new form of martial arts that imitates the form and essence of 3C gadgets.

About the Bangkok Biennial


時間:2018.09.23(日)2 – 6pm
地點:台北當代藝術中心(台北市大同區保安街49巷11號1F,近捷運大橋頭站) 是一個關注道思想的身心秘笈,2018年發起,持續發展。此秘笈由集體寫作而成,共同對當代身體技術和修行進行探討和想像。本項目試圖建立一個去中心化的修行分享模式,定期推出實驗性運動和修行技巧,尋找合適當代養身的生活方法。

「超個體當代修行:能量導引」是一次實驗性的身心工作坊,由收錄秘笈中的三位創作家帶領一個下午的能量導引。來自美國西岸的重呼吸(Heavy Breathing)是一個實驗性肢體研討會,參與藝術家Christian Nagler將引導一場關於全球風險與身體的神經系統對話,內容包括肌肉放鬆、全語境痙攣以及來自遙遠星系的腦內刺激。聲音藝術家張欣的「體內運動」是一場集體聆聽和即興演奏,透過聲音去開發人與環境的能量循環。藝術家林亭君將示範與介紹這套自行研發的「3C形意拳」,並帶領參與者一同開發協作。透過模仿、體會、學習共生,領略現代新自然,預備具有未來特性的身心調和技術。

02:00 入場
02:15 宇宙抽搐焦慮體操(現場英文同步翻譯)
03:00 體內運動
03:45 3C形意拳
04:30 線上秘笈 導覽&討論

引導人|重呼吸(Heavy Breathing)、張欣、林亭君。


地點|MEME SPACE(覓計畫 羅斯福路二段9號12樓)


來自美國西岸的重呼吸(Heavy Breathing)是一系列藝術家策劃的實驗性運動研討會,結合肢體活動與話語交流。批判性思維經常讓人感到頭重腳輕、過於抽象、並與身體分離。當身體在移動中,上氣不接下氣地喘息時,對話又如何改變?什麼樣的新思維模式變得可能?更多資訊請參考

Christian Nagler 為參與重呼吸的藝術家之一,近年來持續對矽谷的表演文化進行人類學研究,創作錄像作品Shoulder Babies,並籌辦一個命名為phoebe的組織。寫作曾發表於TDR、Performance Research、Art Practical,2016年出版書籍「人力資本:生命」。



June 2, 2018

Utopian Sports
Curated by Justin Carder
Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts

Join us at YBCA Public Square 2018 for A Day of Movement Toward Utopian Sports!

Curated by Justin Carder / EM Wolfman

The Bay Area Center for Utopian Sports mission is to make new sports for a new world. We engage in critical dialogue and creative projects related to sports, radical futures, space, and community. Join us for a day of interactive performances and critical inquiry into our relationships to the world and the world of sports.

With contributions by: Grace Rosario Perkins, Sarah Hotchkiss, Jordan Karnes, Heavy Breathing, INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media, Unity Skateboards, Takming Chuang, Bradley Smith, and Anelise Chen

2-4  Queer Beginner Skate Day (Unity)
4:30 Heavy Breathing A/V Broadcast (Heavy Breathing)
5:15 (M)ovement (B)ased (T)hing (Takming Chuang & Bradley Smith)
5:45 Stadium Demolition Soundscapes (Matt Carney)

All day
INCITE table with magazines and coloring pages.
Utopian Sports table with Heavy Breathing audio-prints & Grace Rosario Perkins’ shirts
Utopian Sports newspaper/program

HB/AV risograph handbills designed and printed by Justin Carder
Participants following along to Chani Bockwinel’s HB/AV track “Sappho & Sweat”

Justin Carder holding down the fort

(M)ovement (B)ased (T)hing led by Takming Chuang and Bradley Smith

Excellent ambiance provided by Jeffrey Cheung / UNITY Press

Demand Utopian Sports designed and printed by Justin Carder / EM Wolfman 2018

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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?