Studio Fontana


Queer and Feminist Physical and Critical Self-Defense and Support Bloc of Bodies


A five days training that explores how minds, bodies, and voices can be used as tools for critical and physical self-defence in times of violence. This workshop was part of the exhibition Trainings for the Not-Yet (1).


The training focused on developing collective strategies and tools for self-defence against both mental, emotional and physical patriarchal violences.


The training explored methods of channelling, embodied listening, collective composition and creation, which can be used as tools for non-physical self defence. Where do we identify violence and aggression in our past and how has this made us fearful? What mistakes have we made in the past towards ourselves and others, and how can we rectify them? What victories do we count and remember? When we think of violence, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it verbal? Is it physical? Is it in the public or private sphere? Where do we locate anxiety or pain: in the body or the mind?

→ See also Listening as channelling.

(1) Trainings for the Not-Yet is an exhibition that took place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) from 14 September 2019 to 12 January 2020. The exhibition presented a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators invited by Jeanne van Heeswijk.