Stills from the Heavy Breathing video “Move Your Thinking” (2020). Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and edited by Justin Carder.

June 1-7, 2020


Heavy Breathing is pleased to be included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s  #museumfromhome initiative. While SFMOMA remains temporarily closed in accordance with public health guidelines, the museum has commissioned six creative collectives to take over the museum’s homepage for one-week residencies. Each collective is tasked with responding to the question, “What does it mean for artists to work collaboratively in the time of social distancing?


For the SFMOMA Takeover, Heavy Breathing has commissioned How to Eat Blackberries: a participatory instructional led by Leila Weefur with special guest Elena Gross. The event will be staged as a virtual dinner party accessible to the public HERE on June 4, at 6pm. How to Eat Blackberries is a survey of Black consumption in a ceremony of dining etiquette. Weefur and Gross set the table to weed the fugitive language of Black performativity. 

Image: Leila Weefur, How to Eat Blackberries

Tune in to SFMOMA’s YouTube channel on June 4 at 6pm PST to join the dinner party. From June 1 to June 7, the public is invited to call (415)618-3281 to reach The Blackberry Hotline, featuring a four-course dinner story on flavor, desire and hunger.


Heavy Breathing has also developed “Word Play,” an all-ages activity that asks participants to think with their body about words. This activity will be available to download here soon.

Image: Heavy Breathing’s family activity, “Word Play” featuring Ruby Steinberg.


Heavy Breathing’s co-founders Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Sophia Wang sat down with SFMOMA to chat about collaborating during the Bay Area’s Shelter-in-Place, inspirations for Heavy Breathing and its evolution since 2015 and hopes for the Bay Area’s art community, moving forward. Read the full interview on SFMOMA’s #museumfromhome site between June 1-7, and a full transcript will be accessible here for download, soon.

SFMOMA’S #museumfromhome schedule:

May 25–31: nure collective

A compassionate group of artists exploring time-fluid concepts of Blackness, nure’s core mission is to support, empower and provide resources to Black artists within the Bay Area and beyond. Members of the Oakland-based collective, in partnership with their ancestors and peers, actualize moments of artistic revelation and transmute them into culturally agile productions that affirm their right to be, to become and to inspire.

June 1–7: Heavy Breathing

Heavy Breathing launched in 2015 as a summer program of weekly seminars sponsored by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award. Co-produced by artists Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Heavy Breathing continues as a series of experimental movement workshops designed by artists combining physical activity with group discussion on ideas related to their creative practice. These events invite the public to consider how conversations change when we are in motion and the new modes of thinking that movement enables.

June 8–14: Prison Arts Project

The Prison Arts Project (PAP) began in 1977 and offers in-depth, long-term experiences in the visual, literary and performing arts inside California state prisons. By 2017 each of California’s 35 prisons had a fine arts program. At San Quentin, membership in the collective is as much driven by self-selection, as mandate or happenstance. It is by nature made up of strange bedfellows and auspicious connections. At its best the studio is an oasis, a respite, a place where inquiry, exploration and expression germinate.

June 15–21: Work MORE!

Work MORE! provides a platform for collaborative artmaking that utilizes drag to disturb traditional notions of beauty, femininity and masculinity while promoting interdisciplinary collaborations among artists who co-create rather than compete. In mainstream culture, drag is framed as a solo performance created by one male artist, traditionally in clubs and bars. Work MORE! builds on San Francisco’s long history of drag as a community-building strategy.

June 22–28: Bik Van der Pol with Museum Studies Students at City College of San Francisco

Bik Van der Pol is an artistic team comprising Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol. Through their work they aim to understand how art can produce a public sphere. Take Part, their 2019–2020 project with SFMOMA, anchors expansive conversations about San Francisco’s past, present and future to a physical object: a thousand-square-foot scale model of the city in 1938 built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In lieu of a planned June 2020 exhibition of the model in its entirety, which has been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus, Bik Van der Pol will work with City College of San Francisco’s Museum Studies class (currently meeting virtually) to rethink the project for a digital platform.

June 4, 2020

Leila Weefur: How to Eat Blackberries



June 4, 2020 at 6pm PST 

Presented online in partnership with SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Tune in to SFMOMA’s YouTube channel on June 4 at 6pm PST to join the dinner party. From June 1 to June 7, the public is invited to call (415)618-3281 to reach The Blackberry Hotline, featuring a four-course dinner story on flavor, desire, and hunger.

Image: Blackberry Hotline

Heavy Breathing presents How to Eat Blackberries: a participatory instructional led by Leila Weefur with special guest Elena Gross.

How to eat blackberries is a survey of Black consumption in a ceremony of dining etiquette. Leila Weefur and Elena Gross set the table to weed the fugitive language of Black performativity. This will be staged as a virtual dinner party, and as an appetizer to the main event, Weefur and Gross will share breadcrumbs in a pre-recorded audio narrative for participants to follow. Incorporating a dish made of blackberries, Leila Weefur and Elena Gross invite you to join as they dine their way through the touchstones of Blackness.


Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is a trans-gender-noncomforming artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Through video, installation, writing, and lecture-performances they examine the performativity intrinsic to systems of belonging present in our lived experiences. The work brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject, hyper surveillance, and the erotic. Weefur is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, The Wattis Institute, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. Weefur is a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute. They are a member of the film collective, The Black Aesthetic.

Elena Gross is an independent writer and culture critic living in Oakland, CA. She received an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in 2016, and her BA in Art History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2012. She specializes in representations of identity in fine art, photography, and popular media. Elena was formerly the creator and co-host of the arts & visual culture podcast what are you looking at? published by Art Practical. Her most recent research has been centered around conceptual and material abstractions of the body in the work of Black modern and contemporary artists. She has presented her writing and research at institutions and conferences across the U.S., including Nook Gallery, Southern Exposure, KADIST, Harvard College, YBCA, California College of the Arts, and the GLBT History Museum. Gross is the Exhibitions Associate at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

April 10, 2020

Ross Simonini: 
To Your Under

Heavy Breathing presents, To Your Under, by Ross Simonini, read by Audrey Vignoles. To Your Under is a brief exercise in pedal dexterity, neural elasticity, subliminal reality, and fluid personality. For this experience, you will need a chair, a sheet of paper, and a pen.


Ross Simonini is an interdisciplinary artist. Recently, he’s been living nomadically, mostly in California. He exhibits his work internationally, at various galleries, biennials and museums. For many years, he was a professional musician and now he makes music as ROOS and with the duo, NewVillager. His novel The Book of Formation is out with Melville House Books and he contributes dialogues to ArtReview, The Believer, and various other publications. He is currently the host of Subject Object Verb, a new podcast from ArtReview.

March 30, 2020

Laura Hyunjhee Kim: 
Hi-Feel Lo-Tech Workout (HFLTW): Relaxation and Recovery

Heavy Breathing presents, Hi-Feel Lo-Tech Workout (HFLTW): Relaxation and Recovery, by Laura Hyunjhee Kim. 

Have you been feeling unfamiliar guttural sensations but have not been able to pinpoint the cause? This virtual workshop has been designed for mind-body-conspicuous humans who experience increased feelosophical flows triggered by the subtle yet rapid changes from living-through-feeling in the technological environment. Through a series of intentional and meaningful synergistic micro-movements, the Hi-Feel Lo-Tech Workout (HFLTW): Relaxation and Recovery session aims to help you get in touch with your own embodied emotions -- those that are often felt before touched and sense-made before made-sense into. Together, in collaboration with a household cylindrical object of your choosing, we will focus on releasing muscle tension by means of self-myofascial release and return to a paused-state-of-condition that is mindfully present in-the-real-life-now.

Instructions for listener/viewer-participants:

To participate in the virtual workout remotely in the comforts of your own space of choosing, please prepare a foam roller or a cylindrical object that resembles the shape, size, and density of a foam roller that does not feel overwhelming on the body (ie. disconnected Amazon Alexa).


  • Comfortable clothes (ie. pajamas)
  • Blanket or a cushioned mat (ie. yoga mat) for extra support

Suggested readings: 


Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a Korean-American multimedia artist who contemplates and reimagines digitally constructed on/offline (non)human experiences. Thinking through making, she performs moments of incomprehension: when language loses its coherence, necessitates absurd leaps in logic, and reroutes into intuitive and improvisational sense-making forms of expression. Her current projects examine the influences of consumer technologies on human and (non)human interaction and the feelosophical experiences of the body. She is the founding director of Synthetic Empathic Intelligent Companion Artefacts (SEICA) Human Interaction Labs, founder of The Living Lab, co-founder of sharing turtle™ (with libi rose striegl), and one of the collaborators at the Centre for Emotional Materiality (founded by Surabhi Saraf ). Kim is the author of Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs, which was published by The Accomplices / Civil Coping Mechanisms (June 17, 2019) and the coauthor of Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-tales of the Digital Afterlife with Mark Amerika, published with Open Humanities Press (November, 2019).

Kim has shown work in numerous on/offline exhibition spaces, screenings, and festivals around the world. She received the ArtSlant Award in New Media (2013), New Media Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award (2019), and Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award (2020). She was an artist-in-residence at the Internet Archive (2017), Korea National University of the Arts (2017), Black & White Projects (2016), and at the Museum of Human Achievement (2019) and Electrofringe with artist libi rose striegl (2019).

Kim received a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.F.A. from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

March 23, 2020

Liat Berdugo: Internet Aerobics

Filmed in a computer Lab, Internet Aerobics is a 20-minute aerobics workout routine about the internet, streaming to you through the internet. Aerobics props of long, blue ethernet cables are used, and hyperlink blue is celebrated as the color of online opportunity -- of links that have not yet been clicked. Aerobics moves embody multiple facets of online life, with packets of information speeding through wifi networks, routers, data centers, fiber optic cables -- often times at different speeds due to the lack of net neutrality laws. This workout routine is an invitation to you to sweat along in front of your own browser tab while thinking about and moving through the very makeup of the Internet, itself.

Instructions for participants:
Most aerobics use some kind of prop, and for this routine you’re going to need some kind of long cord, ideally an ethernet cable you have stashed away in your closet from before the days of wifi. But any cord will due, like a cell phone charging cable, an extension cord, or heck -- unplug your computer and use that! Also, make sure you have some space in front of your computer to move your body around. This aerobics routine isn’t about getting the steps right -- it’s about moving and thinking with and through internet infrastructure. As long as you’re moving, you’re good.

Suggested readings: 


Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work focuses on embodiment and digitality, archive theory, and new economies. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she collaborates widely with individuals and archives. She is the co-founder and curator of the Bay Area’s Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media art salon; an artist-in-residence at the Internet Archive; and an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. In her past life she was probably an aerobics instructor.

Margaret McCarthy is a San Francisco-based artist whose work has received coverage on CNN, Mother Jones, and Fusion. She is an ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director of the SF Neo-Futurists. She has performed at SOMArts, Artists' Television Access, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Vanessa Hope Schneider is a writer, performer, and alum of the SF Neo-Futurists. She wants you to know that she knows about modern art.

With infinite thanks to artists Elisabeth Nicula and Charlie Macquarie for their help with filming, and to Emily Martinez for brilliant graphics!

Soundtrack credit:

  • “World Wide Web” by Nick Borgen

  • “DNS” by UV Protection

  • “Internet Crash” by Promoe

  • “Internet” by Tyskarna Fran Lund

  • “Get Off the Internet” by Le Tigre

  • “Computer Love” by Zapp & Roger

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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?