to the on-line presence of Gestare Art Collective. These pages offer a
portal for you to enter into the matrixial borderspace(s)* of our
collaborative and creative art processes.
Gestare is Latin for the verb "to carry" in the womb. As women committed to living as process artists in relationship with each other, the earth, cosmos and all its inhabitants, we honour and practice gestation as an artful form of inquiry and pedagogy.
*Ettinger, Bracha L. (2006). 'Matrixial Trans-subjectivity' in Theory, Culture & Society 23(2-3): 218-222.
Nap-Ins have been taking place internationally at conferences-- Rome; Puerto Rico; St. Catherines, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our next one is in Toronto.
Nap-Ins as subtle (slow) activism through social dreaming. Workshop. Co-submitted with Nané Jordan, Ingrid Rose, Medwyn McConachy & Cindy Lou Griffith. Feminist Art Conference, OCAD University, Toronto ON. Canada. Sept 26-27, 2015.
Wombwalks: Connecting with the m/Other
Book chapter in Creating together: Participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices across Canada.
Barbara Bickel, Nané Jordan & Medwyn McConachy
Co-editors Diane Conrad and Anita Sinner.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Waterloo, ON. Canada.
Writing Just Published
Bickel, B., McConachy, M., Jordan, N. (2015). Wombwalks. In D. Conrad and A. Sinner (Eds.), Creating together: Participatory community-based and collaborative arts practices across Canada . Wilfrid Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Waterloo, ON. Canada.
June 2015 Retreat coming soon
See our Co-Residency page to find out more about all of our past Co-Residencies.
A second iteration of the spontaneous Dakini* emerged from the spirits of the women as we unfurled our dreamscroll of Nap-In dreams onto a stray boom log at the beach in Victoria, British Columbia, evoking the untamed female freedom of this traditional Tibetan Buddhist yogini form.
(Like a trickster or the Fool in a Tarot deck, the dakini releases blockages in the energy field and melts frozen patters, so that the door of the mind is suddenly ajar and something new can enter. Dakinis are often connected to the phenomena of synchronicity and inexplicable coincidences of fate.
*Dakini is a Tibetan word meaning "sky goer" or "sky-walking female"..
The Double Goddess - Vicki Noble
photograph by Barbara
Nané and Barbara in Paris, France (spring 2015) studying at the
Cité Universitaire Internationale and attended the Partie de
Lectures avec Héléne Cixous, Journé d'études internationale at
the Mainson H. Heine.
We engaged a daily practice of maternal goddess figures from
cross cultural neolithic imagery based on the work of Annine van
der Meer. Below is a video still from our Mother of the plants
pose in the universitaire garden.
20 women participated and 7 were part of releasing the dreams at the Tibre River later that day.
A participant Michelle Tarnopolsky blogged about her experience on her mapleleafmama blog.
Ingred was on a pilgrimage to Berlin and spent time at the memorial to the murdered Jews. See her ancestral journey.
Nané's art and Gestare have been blogged about at placentabenefits.info
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