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The Body Appropriate workshop description

Through an artistic view of comparative anatomy, this workshop series assumes that it is possible for any-thing to relate to any other thing; that aspects in the natural world are different from each other only because we are aware of differences. By the means of comparison & analogy we should be able to use artistic appropriation as a license to research and make art. Participants will investigate the museum’s collection of taxidermy through task based exercises and adapt a personalized practice for initiating new views of creative research. 

Each workshop has a different theme and begins with a creative physical movement warm up. 

Workshops given by interdisciplinary artist Stephanie Stewart-Bailey

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Saturday May 7: 12:00 - 16:00 - Comparative Anatomy

Participants will explore the museum’s exhibitions of taxidermy with directive tasks. We will then draw out the possible ways to represent and compare this research with our own bodies and ideas. In the museum’s classroom, the process results in creative responses and physical sculptures with our body’s anatomy.

Sunday May 15: 12:00 - 16:00 - Vanitas and the Body

Participants will have the ability to have a hands-on approach using and researching taxidermy and anatomical material to create vanitas still lifes. From these sculptures we will make further creative responses with our bodies.


Saturday May 21: 12:00 - 16:00 - Comparative Anatomy II

Participants will explore the museum’s exhibitions of taxidermy with directive tasks. We will then draw out the possible ways to represent and compare this research with our own bodies and ideas. In the museum’s classroom, the process results in creative responses and physical sculptures with our body’s anatomy.

Friday May 27: 13:00–16:00 - Urban Anatomy 

The workshop is based off the notion that we take our bodies emerged in our surroundings for granted, on a daily basis. Participants will learn alternative ways to use their bodies in the environment of the Museum’s classroom, behind the scenes, exhibits and architecture. We will explore how to use our bodies to compliment the site-specific local in which we are emerging ourselves by sourcing collaborative improvisation in the museum environment.

Saturday April 30 at 1pm The Body Appropriate PERFORMANCE

On the day of Valborgsmässoafton, there will be a one hour durational performance by the artist and her collaborators which demonstrates creative responses to the themes of the workshops. The performance will take place in various locations in the mammal and bird halls, on the second floor of the Museum. 

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TO REGISTER: please email theworkshoplibrary@gmail.com. Include your name and which workshop date you prefer. Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop. 80kr or 50kr/students
(if you are excited to participate but do not have the money, contact Stephanie personally) 

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