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Workshop: mapping movements and personal cartographies with James Jordan Johnson

Sunday 24th March 2024 , 11:00am to 1:00pm

A performance-based workshop led by artist-researcher James Jordan Johnson exploring how we can use movement and gesture responses to trace the passage of time, memory, and our relationship to one other. 
Credits: James Jordan Johnson

In this exploratory performance and movement workshop, we will consider non-linear passages of time and how we can use our bodies to map out some of the random, speculative futures that can cascade and unravel from a single moment. 

To kick things off, James will set the scene sharing some of his own deep research into maps and cartographies, as well as the work of practitioners similarly working in performance and considering the recontextualization of time through materials and objects.  

We will then ground ourselves in our bodies and the space, before homing in on the work of Anne Bogart and her seminal Viewpoints as an alternative means of relating to each other and objects around us, examining how performance can be used as a tool to reconsider time, emotions, and memories.  

Using objects we bring with us and materials in the space as our inspiration, we will come up with responses in the form of performance-based gestures and movements, mapping out both real or imagined personal and historical spaces, leaning into how this process feels in our bodies and the physical and metaphysical traces we leave in our wake. 

Things to bring with you: 

James encourages all participants to bring along objects, materials, or textures that hold personal significance to you or that you are personally connected to in some way. We will share the stories held by the objects we bring and why we have chosen to bring them with us as part of the workshop.  

This workshop is open to anyone and accessible for all ages. However, 50% of tickets available are specifically reserved for participants who identify as African-Caribbean. 

£7 £5 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

More about James Jordan Johnson 

James Jordan Johnson, born in London, is of Afro-Caribbean, specifically Jamaican and St.Lucian heritage and works within performance and research. His practice thinks through how genealogies of Caribbean performance and material cultures facilitate illegible knowledge systems and what this might do or undo for socially determined ideas on Black subjectivity and culture making. Through this, he is interested in pre-existing or self-established methodologies of opacity. His practice is grounded in cartography and counter mapping through walking, route making and object or material activation. 

Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust courtyard room has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 3967 1643.  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm 
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.