MASS Gallery // COTFG: Mosaico X Learning in Public
On Oct 4 from 7 – 9pm & Oct 5 from 7 – 9pm, COTFG and MASS Gallery are proud to present the second round of events for the Learning in Public performance series. In residency this week at MASS Gallery, is the Austin, TX collective, Mosaico Experiencia, an intersectional, transcultural instillation for black and brown body memory, ancestral activation, and cathartic evolution.
Often times our voices are sought out for education, knowledge, and clarification under current global conditions. But our very existence within these lands has always been political, our bodies claiming existence as a performative act of visibility. We reimagine this space to prioritize community healing and compassion by exploring our respective ancestral memories that nourish our perseverance.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 from 7 – 9pm join Mosaico Experiencia for a collaborative performance open to the public of Isis Jasen’s Yoga En Español* and Tonya Lyles’ Soul Note: A Sound Meditation. This event will include a restorative yoga practice followed by a crystal singing bowl concert during shavassana. While the yoga session will be in Spanish, non-Spanish speakers are encouraged to attend.
For this evening’s event the gallery will provide light floor covering but please bring any yoga mats, bolsters, pillows or blankets you might need to feel comfortable in a prone position. For audience members, who prefer to be seated, we will have a limited number of folding chairs available.
*If you intend to participate in the yoga practice, please arrive promptly, as we cannot accomodate late-comers once the session has begun. We will start promptly at 7:15 PM.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 from 7 – 9pm join Mosaico Experiencia for an instillation of projections accompanied by a DJ set and a market space featuring healing vendors Bruja ATX, Isis Jasen, Las Ofrendas, and more.
Isis Jasen “Compartir la practica del yoga en mi lengua nativa es una satisfacción ya que es ofrecer una alternativa a la comunidad hispana y a las personas interesadas en vivir la experiencia del yoga en español, con ese toque latino para re-conectarnos con nuestro cuerpo, como la expresión mas cercana que tenemos con nuestra madre tierra y así invitarnos a valorar, conocer a profundidad, disfrutar y honrar nuestro presente, nuestra existencia.”
Tonya Lyles, LAc is a healing artist, curriculum developer, presenter, workshop facilitator, musician and writer. Lyles is a graduate of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and minored in Medical Qi Gong and Asian Bodywork. In 2016, she entered the Doctoral Program at AOMA while completing her certification in Sound Therapy. Lyles is also a REIKI Master who has also apprenticed in gemstone therapy (with Rose Twofeathers) and Sound Current Healing, REIKI, and SEICHIEM (with Sasha Ashtara White). Her treatments are a divine synthesis of the healing arts she has studied.
Founded in 2006, MASS Gallery is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming and events.
MASS Gallery impacts the creative culture of Austin by cultivating a physical space for open engagement with a multiplicity of interests and acts of art making.
Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based phenomena, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.
Our series will feature a diverse myriad of artists including Mosaico Experiencia (ATX), Daphane Park (CDMX), Saakred (ATX), Dorian Wood (LA) and is presented in collaboration with COTFG, an Austin-based volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counterculture community.
The work presented by the artists in Learning in Public grapples and engages with such topics as gender identity, power, gentrification, the built, natural and spiritual environments, and self-care. With the human body and psyche at its center, Learning in Public represents a variety of experiences from ritualistic and confrontational to healing and contemplative.
The series holds space for each guest artist to be in residence for an entire week during which time they will offer at least one opportunity for the public to engage with their practice. We hope you will join us for this unique experience and encourage you to stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for announcements on artists’ events and open gallery hours.