soft practice

workshops terrify me. i don’t want to learn anything – i feel too old to be able to let anything in because after a few decades of being alive i have been exposed too much to the dubious power-relations in rooms supposedly for education and learning, i have realised that a lot of what i have learned has been some training in obedience and subliminal correction. maybe i am just another neurotic londoner, woke just enough to make some stylistic statements of resistance and passive just enough to get jobs and get by in this world that establishes and feeds off of my ‘otherness’.

point being: techno-meditations on states of being and coping with being and bodies and other people and all that mad energy i.e. some dancing, to some music, with some words to encourage, to ignore, to suggest, to convince, to seduce, to say a daily prayer that is a manifesto that is a fuck you that is whatever it needs to be

(soft practice is a series of different classes/workshops/facilitated spaces i have been running sporadically since 2016)
Image: Christa Holka

Jamila Johnson-Small is joining Groundwork Pro as part of our event series:

Representation of the People: Act

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