Jeff Kasper

II. wrestling embrace
workshop, text, engagement,
soft sculpture
2017—ongoing




Two figures wearing black and white sit with legs-crossed, facing each other, hand-in-hand on exercise mats (10’x8’). Nearby are an adjustable deck of black and white playing cards with various texts on the front and knot illustrations on the back. Other materials include: assorted bells, various hour-glass and time keepers. 




—INTIMATE DISTANCE 
IS THE SPACE OF WRESTLING AND LOVE-MAKING, ANXIETY AND EMBRACE


A open platform for exploring interpersonal communication, care, conflict, and consent.

wrestling embrace is a customizable workshop framework. Designed to aide folks navigating questions of consent and care-taking in intimate relationships—the platform utilizes contact, contemplation, and embodied narrative excercises with a partner. Primary materials include a deck of playing cards (audio version forthcoming). Each card features a “relationship exercises.”

Participants enact a series of ‘choreographies of care’ on an acompanying  exercise mats that features a circular design organized around two distances: personal space [1.5-4 feet] and intimate space [0-18 inches]. Each exercise fosters quiet time for building mutual support between a partner or a caretaker, practicing clear communication, collaboration and conflict.

This project is still under development. Email to join or schedule workshops, writing, and design sessions. All workshops operate as a confidential queer/trans/crip inclusive cultural support space outside of clinical models.

Recent public workshops:
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
OCAD University (ON)
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY)
Downtown Art (NY)

Upcoming public workshops:
Cleveland Institute of Art (OH)