TINK + EFI will facilitate a full day exploration of provocations and exercises exploring what it feels like to experience a sensory under-load. As neurodivergent artists we want to work around obstacles such as the visual and sound overload, searching together for ways to be sensory-underloaded and under-whelmed instead.
This is a playful DIY that encourages all participants to actively partake, take risks, experience something new and be curious about where that takes us. We would like to slowly build trust and gently take people on a journey to openness and build up a step-by-step sensory letting-go (under-load) that progressively leads up to observing or participating in a full body wrap.
We will have regular check-ins and active participation in giving or receiving a full body wrap will be optional.
A step-by-step demonstration will be provided so everyone will have the opportunity to witness a full body wrap in action.
This DIY is not focused on creating art but engaging in the practice of changing what is considered a normative – the sensory overloaded environment where artists often operate. The DIY will be especially designed for those identifying as queer, non binary, trans, intersex neurodivergent and disabled artists.
This is a DIY for the shy, the quiet, the introverts, those who feel they don’t fit in, those who want to be alone but in the company of others. All levels of experience are welcome. The facilitator identifies as disabled and neurodivergent. The DIY will be energy sensitive with regular periods of alone time and time-out options throughout the day. On Sunday morning, we will hold an online session where we can debrief and process the previous day’s workshop.
TINK is a neurodivergent artist making intimate, provocative work exploring disability, class, connectivity and radical inclusivity. They work part time as a mental health and capacity advocate. They initially developed their artistic practice through The Butch Monologues, exploring different aspects of queer lived experience. For the last 6 years they have contributed stories and have performed at The Southbank Centre, Queen Mary University, BFI, RVT and Latitude Festival. In the past year they were commissioned by Home Live Art, Cambridge Junction, Trinity Centre Bristol, FilmPro with Disability Arts Online and Proforma Manchester.
EFI is a queer femme, an aerial performance artist and experience designer. She is fascinated with creating sensory experiences and has delivered multiple workshops in London and Berlin on topics such as edge-play, power dynamics, rope and full body wraps for the past 10 years. EFI supported artist Rocio Boliver in her most recent performance Primigenia for LADA by creating her body modification cuttings.
The workshop will take place in person, in a physical space in London on Saturday 25 September, between 11am and 6pm.
There will be an online debrief and processing session on Sunday 26 September, between 10 and 11:30 am.
Applications are accepted through an online form. Applications are reviewed by solely by the lead artists TINK + EFI.
TINK + EFI also welcome prerecorded video or voicemail applications rather than having to apply in writing. Please WeTransfer video applications via email to TINK directly.
Additionally, TINK would like to give applicants the opportunity to apply by sending them an email or having an informal coffee/ chat with them, on zoom or in person.
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Wrap Live, TINK + EFI, DIY2020/21. Image courtesy of the artists.
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