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Manual Workshop
Thu 13 Jun 2013

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

A workshop for staff at the Gallery of Modern Art into the creative processes behind Manual.

This workshop offers a unique learning and creative opportunity to gain insight into the starting points for Siobhan Davies’ work, Manual.

It provides an opportunity to explore the intricacies of actions and movements which we accomplish without thinking in our daily lives. Dance artist, Marie Forbes guides you through a series of tasks exploring movement responses to verbal and written instructions, thinking in particular about weight and the negotiation of space.

The workshop is suitable for:

  • Professionals and staff from our partnership organisations
  • Staff from the arts and cultural sectors
  • Professional dancers/graduates/HE & FE students
  • Students & graduates from other art forms

A live work by choreographer Siobhan Davies, made with solo dance artist, Helka Kaski.

Manual demonstrates how we are all experts in the movements which make up our daily lives. Originally presented in the grand, neo-classical ground floor gallery at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (GoMA), in June 2013, Manual responded to the theme of GoMA's exhibition Every Day.

The work draws attention to simple movements, meticulously dismantling their timing and order to encourage us to notice how we orchestrate actions. Kaski invites audience members to help her carry out a familiar action by giving her a series of verbal instructions. Through this conversation, it becomes clear that what at first may appear easy is actually complex and extraordinary, often resulting in an unexpected dialogue.

“We wished to find a way which would engagingly demonstrate that we are all expert in the movements that make up our daily lives. At one point, even if we were programmed to do so, we all had to learn to roll, sit up, stand and walk. Gradually these movements became embodied and we do them without thinking.” Siobhan Davies, Choreographer