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Workshop with bones tan jones
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A painting of a bright orange sun at sunset, based on stills from Fassbinder's film Querelle

bones tan jones shares a technique from Qi Gong, the ancient Chinese martial energy healing practice, and intuitive craft that they use daily in their own practice, of sculpting and sensing our inner sun’s energy. Through a variation of the ‘cloud hands’ move from Qi Gong, bones will guide participants in using visualisation techniques, sound and movement to meet their inner sun. Participants will then sculpt this energy ball from clay, thinking about creating their own wearable talismans for protection.
bones tan jones (b. 1993, Liverpool) is a queer heretic whose work traverses materials, disciplines and timelines. tan jones presents their living praxis ‘optimystic dystopia’ as a spiritual practice. an eternal storyteller, alternative realities are explored through alter egos, retellings of ancient Chinese and Celtic mythologies through creating symphonies/operas/psalms/triptychs/sigils/stele/installations/interventions/interactive workshops. tan jones’s selected recent commissions, performances and exhibitions include: Tunnel Visions at Queercircle, London (2022); Portal Spiral Monolith at Well Projects, Margate (2022); Queer Earth and Liquid Matters, Serpentine Galleries, London (2022); Milano Re-mapped at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2022); New Worlds at Somerset House, London (2022); MU, Netherlands (2022).

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