Using observation, invention, trance and movement this one-day workshop focuses on disciplines of the body and mind. Practices will be introduced throughout the day to enhance sensitivity, heighten awareness and activate emergent dimensional-access.
Nissa Nishikawa's multidisciplinary practice encompasses experimental choreographies, which incorporate structures of story-telling, theatrical devices and sculptural setting. Dance origin, mysticism and craft is placed in relationship with performance to sensitise the site, audience and maker alike. Nishikawa spent her formative years in Yamanashi, Japan with the organisation Dance Resources on Earth. She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Stage Arts at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths University. Her practice with the dervish turning from the Mevlevi order is ongoing. Recent workshops have been held at Chisholme Institute (Scottish Borders), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and The American Legation (Tangier).
Michele Occelli's approach to hypnosis utilises a combination of Ericksonian and ideo-dynamic techniques to enable processes of change and self-discovery. After years of academic research in both eastern and western philosophy (SOAS, King's College and Goldsmith's College), he trained as a whirling dervish with the Mevlevi Order of Konya. The study and practice of hypnosis came because of a desire to engage both mind and body as a unity, which is the basis for any form of understanding of both self and the world. He is currently assistant tutor on the postgraduate Hypnotherapy Diploma for the BHRTS at Birkbeck College.
Bonnie Camplin lives and works in London. She graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London with BA Fine Art (1992) and post-grad diploma in advanced photography (1996). Throughout the ’90s she was a dancer, performer, host, DJ and director / promoter of experimental avant-garde club nights in Soho London. In 2005 she released a solo LP vinyl recording of music / spoken word, Heavy Epic on the Decemberism label. Her solo exhibitions include Salty Water/What of Salty Water, Portikius, Frankfurt (with Paulina Olowska, 2007) and Lightbox, Tate Britain, London (2008). Camplin was included in Strange Things Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occuring curated by Steve Claydon, Camden Arts Centre (2007). In 2013 the ICA presented a screening of Camplin’s early films and she was the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award the following year. In 2015 she was nominated for the Turner Prize for her 2014 presentation at South London Gallery as part of Anxiety Arts Festival. She was in the band DonAteller with Mark Leckey, Ed Laliq and Enrico David and has collaborated with Paulina Olowska and Lucy McKenzie. Her teaching posts include: Städelschule Frankfurt; Ruskin School, Oxford; Goldsmiths University, London; The University of Manchester; The Architectural Biennale, Venice; and The Architectural Association (AA) London. Camplin is represented by Cabinet, London and Michael Benevento, Los Angeles.