Performance art, The ritual of our Bodies

A 4-day long performance workshop entitled, "Performance Art: The Ritual of Our Bodies," was held on weekend days in October from 11 am to 4 pm. Among the participant's artists was a group of students from the Print Media Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. During this time, we embarked on a series of exercises to directly integrate what we regularly do in our lives and use it in performance art. As such, we created several temporary altars.

The workshop was inspired by traditional Latin American roots using elements of food, jewelry, garments, and sculptural forms to speak to current and relevant issues. The workshop’s artistic approach was influenced by the works of such artists as Guillermo Gómez Peña, Balitronica Gómez, Saul Garcia Lopez—La Pocha Nostra, and Yves Klein.

Participants used practical knowledge through the use of sounds and movements to increase self-awareness and comfort in their own bodies and consciousness of the space surrounding them. The workshop was intended for artists from any medium, with or without any experience in performance art, who were interested in exploring it further.

The space for this workshop was facilitated by CAVE Detroit, an artist-led organization based in the Milwaukee Junction in Detroit.


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