The Foreshore | The Movement Workshop

Sat 18 Mar 2017 2–4PM

Other Sights at Access Gallery

222 East Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC

Intertwining the Now @ The Foreshore

A movement workshop with Guadalupe Martinez and Carolina Bergonzoni

In association with her investigations at The Foreshore, artist-in-residence Guadalupe Martinez will be hosting a series of events, this collaborative event with Carolina Bergonzoni is the second of four. Attendance is free.

As part of a series of workshops that investigate the poetics of perception Intertwining the Now explores the potential to convey meaning and imagery through an enhanced relation to the sensorial.

Reflecting on erosion and water currents as affect, the session will consist of a series of exercises that encourage inhabiting the body with full awareness while inquiring about its relation to space, materials, and other bodies. Not through intellectual understanding, but by being present in the body and its sensory condition.

The exercises are simple and gentle yet profound explorations that allow participants to sink into their bodies, tuning in with the subtle levels of perception and experimenting with how to translate sensation into movements, gestures, or images that speak to the language of performance art.

Suggested reading:

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The visible and the invisible: The Intertwining – The Chiasm. (2004)


Carolina Bergonzoni is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, dance and yoga teacher, and philosopher scholar with a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Philosophical Science (specializing in phenomenology and dance) from the University of Bologna (Italy). She holds an MA program in Comparative Media Arts (phenomenology, dance and the notion of presence in dance) from Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts (Vancouver).

She is a Dance Educator (Danzeducatore©- Dance Education and Community Dance), a Teacher in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Giocodanza®. Bergonzoni is also resident of the Italian association CO.ME.TE (Body, Mind and Territory) and co-founder of PerFormazioni Cinetiche (PFC), an Italian association for dance promotion, management and production. And, currently part of the Board of Raven Dance Spirit, Live Biennale Vancouver, and I am the secretary of Vines Art Festival.

Guadalupe Martinez is an Argentine-Canadian artist based in Vancouver. She holds a BFA from IUNA and an MFA from UBC. With the support of a BC Arts Council´s Early Career Development Grant, she is currently developing her research in Performance Art and Pedagogy. Martinez has attended residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Dorchester Projects, Elsewhere Museum, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown locally and internationally, including at Latitude 53, Access Gallery, The Commons, Satellite Gallery, and grunt gallery in Vancouver; Palais de Glace, Museo del Grabado, Centro Cultural San Martin and Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires, as well as in Mexico, US, and Italy.


The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast.

The Foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?


Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is a non-profit arts organization that develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms outside of the gallery context. Other Sights collaborates and shares resources with organizations and individuals to present artworks that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life. For more information visit

Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15, and private donors without whom this project would not be possible.


Established as an non-profit artist-run centre in 1991, Access Gallery is platform for emergent and experimental art practices. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. For more information visit Access Gallery

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Hamber Foundation, the Burrard Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Gallery, NSB Reederei, and our committed donors, members and volunteers.