Performance workshop at Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa 

April 4-6, 2018


Grasping a hot coal5


This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to become more aware of modalities of emotion through physical and conversational exercises. We investigate the subjects of individual/group feeling, meta-emotions, emotional performativity, (limits of) empathy and (non-) the existence of collective emotions. We also conduct discussions about topics including identity, sense of belonging, mob mentality, mass-panic, group-based shame, membership guilt, etc. The workshop leader navigates the participants toward creating intimate conversations and collaborations and carrying out group performances in the public sphere. The workshop aims to facilitate critical observation of the participants own emotions and performativities and to give them sufficient confidence to present public performances.

Contents: 3-day workshop (10 am - 4 pm with one-hour lunch break) 
● warm-up, physical & conversational exercises, social experiments 
● one-hour lecture about collaborative, participatory, art intervention 
● final presentation: group performance in public sphere


supported by IASPIS/Swedish Arts Grants Committee