As part of the conference, Berlin-based performance artist Jens Reulecke will offer a performative workshop.

+++Shifting Weight: the production of space as an act of trust+++

October 31 – November 1, 2013
The Graduate Center, City University of New York,
Rooms 5409 and 5414

The workshop Shifting Weight experiments with a certain potential of intuition while getting in contact with public space. The process deals with that which is hidden rather than which catches the eye. There is no obvious or explicit performative attitude, since the center of the process is formed by an attitude of restraint.
The workshop leader supports participants in entering a state of mind where increased focus brings to the fore a force hardly noticeable to the public. That force develops a powerful presence with the result of shifting weight away from the spectacular and the well-known. The overall movement is a turning away from the familiar; it goes beyond mere understanding, like a removal from certainty, so that possibility moves beyond the present. This kind of production of space is an act of trust.

Four workshop sessions are offered:
Monday, October 28th – 10:00- 2:00
Tuesday, October 29th – 10:00-2:00
Wednesday, October 30th – 10:00-2:00
Thursday, October 31th – 10:00-1:00

The participants will engage in connecting with the public sphere through their body while moving or not moving in order to facilitate sensitivity and imagination. Using their voices the participants produce hardly locatable sounds thus transforming each scene.
Participants attending all four sessions will experience the most intensive process. It is also possible to attend only one, two or three sessions, since each session is prepared in a way that allows newcomers to connect.
The participants are asked to bring snacks for lunch if desired.

Venue: Graduate Center, City University of New York (365 5th Avenue at 34th Street, NYC) in room 5409 or 5414.

Workshop presentation: Friday, November 1st – 3:15 – 4:45 – Graduate Center, City University of New York (Room 5414).
All the workshop participants are asked to attend the presentation, if possible.

No experience is required.
Please register by email to by October 21th. – All the participants will be listed for permission to enter the building.