Download or view the Heavy Breathing Reader (2016)

Produced in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Arhive (BAMPFA)

Download or view the Heavy Breathing Catalog (2015)

Designed by ALTR Studio and Printed by COLPA PRESS

Order a Heavy Breathing Poster (2015)

Designed by ALTR Studio and Printed by COLPA PRESS


Wipe your sweat away! Order a Heavy Breathing Bandana

Designed by Savannah Rusher



HB/AV is a series of artist-led movement seminars designed for audio/video download. The concept of HB/AV is the same as HB's workshop series: bringing together somatic exercises with critical discourse that might take the form of a lecture, a dialogue, a guided meditation, and/or other modes of experimental and performative texts - basically “Heavy Breathing on the Go”. 

Danielle Wright
White Culture, White Privilege and Your Mind/Body
(2018, 18:33)


Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity by Gita Gulati-Partee and Maggie Potapchuk…lati_AB3.pdf
"I May Have Privilege If ..."…e_privilege_if.pdf
The Problem with Privilege by Andrea Smith…andrea-smith/
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Racism 101 by Dr. Joy DeGruy
Angela Hennessy's work (esp. the School of the Dead manifesto)
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo's work

A mindful approach to racial equity work.

Danielle Wright is a interdisciplinary visual artist drawn to the politics and poetics of witnessing. Her work examines language, materials, and the language of materials while exploring how notions of identity, intimacy, and trauma overlap/intersect. She is fascinated by where “you” end and “I” begin. As such her work aims to soften delineations between artist and viewer/participant. In addition to her studio practice, she serves as a Teaching Artist at Creativity Explored, a nonprofit art gallery and studio for adults with developmental disabilities in the Mission District of San Francisco.

IG: @mzwrightnow

Carrie Hott
Ten Machine Sleep Session (2018, 17:21) 


Listen in a dark room, lying down, eyes closed, and imagine being surrounded by ten sound machines and a coach, guiding you through sleep therapy on a megaphone. This track was made by collaging together and adapting segments from several sleep scripts found online, accompanied by all ten tracks from one Conair Sound Therapy Machine, including Tropical Forest, Thunderstorm, Summer Night, Ocean Waves, White Noise, Heartbeat, Songbirds, Waterfall, Running Stream, and Rainfall. As someone who struggles with sleeplessness and insomnia, I created this from various sources for others who have trouble sleeping, and need to drown out as much as possible.

Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. Her work is informed by a roving research practice that explores the current and historic infrastructural systems that mediate our collective experiences and perceptions.


Christian Nagler
Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics
(2018, 22:28)


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

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.

IG @christiannagler

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

Chani Bockwinkel
Sappho and Sweat
(2018, 23:06)

Anne Carson, If Not Winter, Fragments of Sappho
Tom Meyers, Anatomy Trains
Irene Dowd, Taking Root to Fly
Mary R. Lefkowitz, Women in Greek Myth
A luxurious and sweaty strange dance class to perform alone in your room. A thunderfuck of somatics, athletics and the burning words of Sappho's poetry.

"...that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.” — Sappho

Thank you to: all of the incredible musical artists on my Sappho Playlists, your music makes it all possible. To all the beautiful bodies I've danced with in group Sappho class. And all the freaky dance teachers who comprise my lineage.

Christina Linden
Monsters Herding Cats, and Ducks In A Row (2018, 10:00)
Audio guide for a session of stretching, rolling, crawling, and light contact improv for adults and their baby or toddler friends. Readings of selected excerpts from children's books and Moyra Davey's Mother Reader. Bring your own music.


Claudia La Rocco
If we are to have magical bodies we must have magical minds
(2018, 18:40)
This is a somewhat condensed version of my contribution to the Heavy Breathing series, which I performed at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2017. It is a splice of my two practices, shuttling between very different or maybe very similar modes: my writing, and my teacher’s notes. Some of the writing is new and some of it is previously published; some of the notes are edited, and some are not.

Kate Rhoades + Eli Thorne
Dirty Work
(2018, 22:11)
We lead couples in a strength training workout based on a chapter from Ann McClintock's book, Imperial Leather which investigates gender, violence, class, and BDSM in Victorian England. Participants will take turns being submissive or dominant and get dirty while building muscle.

Special thanks to Stephanie Ellis.

Tom Comitta
Born to Run
(2018, 45:34)

Born to Run is an audio chapbook that collages descriptions of running and jogging from over 60 novels. There's everything in here from Stephen King's The Running Man to Cynthia Voigt's The Runner, with a sprinkling of Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and Samuel R. Delany. To experience this piece, a listener would get on a treadmill, elliptical or any artificial exercise device, put on headphones and press play.

Thank you to Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé for creating a space and context for this piece. For more information on literary supercuts — mine and others — check out this conversation between me and Jez Burrows published by The Believer in May 2018:

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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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?