CAVE FORMS










SUMMARY




 CAVES ARE ALIVE










Since time immemorial, caves, both natural and built, have provided potent spaces for dwelling, meditation, refuge, and creativity.

Cave Forms is a transdisciplinary dance inquiry that emerged in 2014 from Margit's exploration into "caving" as a way to replenish life forces. Cave Forms refers to a constellation of aesthetic/artistic investigations, and “caving” to the receptive and incubatory practices that focus specifically on nourishing the person in their environment, -- and the two streams have developed and intermingled throughout the arc of the work. 

This project has developed through multiple collaborations with manyfold people, and would not have been possible without the collaboration of cave hags Frances Rosario and Mara Poliak, as well as the Point Reyes sessions with Asia Wong.

An ongoing project, Cave Forms has expanded into multiple community-based, personal, collective, and cultural art inquiries – events and practices that discover the vividness and togetherness that unfolds from the fecundity of caves. Some of these projects include the collective liberatory and aesthetic research of the Cave Coast Continuum; the development of learning method, based on the streams of cave art research, aka “Caveagogy”; experimental lectures on “How to Incite a Vivid Archive,” and Cave Forms workshops shared in places such as Austin TX, SomaFest LA, Sonoma County, Point Reyes, and numerous workshops at the homebase, Temescal Arts Center.





Caving
Cave Coast Collective











CAVE FORMS CONSTELLATION 


Cave Forms Gallery, 2017 - present


The Gallery is a traveling installation. It demonstrates a vivid archive gallery, and can include elements such as:  Cave Forms video installation including shorts by Avery Hudson, Chani Bockwinkel, Erika Mijlin, Margit Galanter, and Sarah Pritchard; caving opportunities and informances; cave drawings; Photos; and public facilitated conversations.











Cave Coast Collective, 2016 - present







The collective group that was initiated through Cave Coast Project 2016 continues to gather in different configurations, creating events based on caving and Cave Forms transdisciplinary practices. Through our process of examining economies and decolonizing, we have a long-term commitment to offering the Shuumi Tax to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. Collective participants have included: Asia Wong, Avery Hudson, Chani Bockwinkel, Crystal Jiko Sasaki, Emelia Martinez Brumbaugh aka Jubilee July, Frances Rosario, Geana Sieburger, Isa Leal, Kevin Lo, Lara Durback, Margit Galanter, Mollie Moorhead, Mara Poliak. 







Cave Forms Workshops, 2015 - present










These workshops delve into the practices of Caving, - nestling, darkness, and stillness - for incubation and nourishment. We move through some embodied practices to expand from the richness of fecundity into actualizing vivid dance. By moving from inside to outside, we will felt together connections, accessing a reciprocity of doing and non-doing, form and formless. The workshops are context-specific, and  will help you access your own creative furnace as a basis for watching, participating, and performing dance. Workshops outside integrate the inquiries of nature culture and live space.





Cave Forms Group Cave










Cave Forms Codex










Cave Forms Merchandise





Collaboration with GDS Clothgoods. There are still some pieces available. To purchase pillows, personalized caves, and eye masks: 







Cave Forms Constellation Videos
(Created 2017)



Cave Forms Constellations.
By Margit Galanter and Erika Mijlin. Edited by Erika Mijlin. Footage by Chani Bockwinkel and AHud.

For more videos, go to Grove







Cave Coast Continuum Seaweeding, 2018


A project that combined deeper intimacy with the Cave Coast, through seaweed harvesting and cave arts research in Mendocino, facilitated with herbalist Tanya Stiller, 2018.








Cave Forms Landings, 2016




 
Cave Forms Landings invites no creativity, going into the deep dark yin potency to find vivid space dance. Cultivating the richness of inner spaces as a source for many generative forms of art and togetherness.

Performances, workshops, vivid archives, and collectivizing multi-disciplinary experiments from the fruits of several years in the Cave Forms world. November 2016 - constellation of events include:

Cave Forms Swifts
A performance with cave hags Margit Galanter, Frances Rosario and Mara Poliak ~ constellating, homing, and finding their way in. With lights by Elizabeth Ardent, sound by Kevin Lo, and set design by Geana Sieburger.






Cave Forms Workshop.
As part of the Cave Forms Culminating Events, this third dance mosaic workshop delved into the nourishing practices of Caving, nestling, darkness, and stillness as a place to begin. With this potency, we will uniquely move through some embodied practices to expand from the richness of possibility into actualizing vivid dance. By moving from inside to outside, we will felt together connections, accessing a reciprocity of doing and non-doing, form and formless. The workshop will help you access your own creative furnace as a basis for watching, participating, and performing dance.

No Creativity | Cave Coast Collective
***Blind recognition***Sludge witches***Pussy Resonance***Coastal Curl***Dance Order***Yes Magic***No Creativity***Crunchy Jelly***Mud-covered desire***Beast recognition***Vast let-go***Fractal recognition***Trance bonding***Wind softness***Anemone enemy***Sandstone rave***Multiplicitous understanding***Actual bites***Compassion Crows.  Alex Cruse, Asia Wong, Avery Hudson, Chani Bockwinkel, Crystal Jiko Sasaki, Emelia Martinez Brumbaugh aka Jubilee July, Frances Rosario, Geana Sieburger, Isa Leal, Kevin Lo, Lara Durback, Margit Galanter, Mollie Moorhead, Mara Poliak, Randy Reyes

Cave Forms Vivid Archive  + Gallery
A vivid archive gallery, including short videos from several editors, caving opportunities, cave drawings, video installation, and public conversation, with Alex Cruse, Denise Leto, Eleni Stecopoulos, Frances Rosario, Jess Dorrance, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, Maureen Whiting, Olive McBlack, Philip Huang, Rob Avila, and Tessa Wills.









Cave Forms Open Exchange with Julie Tolentino, 2016 



Joe Goode Studio, FRESH Festival







Cave Forms Performance Constellation, 2016





Cave Forms, a vivid space dance research, rose up from the deep waters into Temescal Arts Center March 2016. Throughout two weekends, there were a series of events that formed a constellation for artist and participants. Most events were intimate performances, to create an atmosphere + vibe.

Cave Forms is:
An ongoing inquiry instigated by Margit Galanter, with feedback and exchange with the primary movers Mara Poliak + Frances Rosario, in conversation through dancing with Asia Wong in the outdoor caves. Cave Forms expands time, makes time, and gives space for the invisible to reveal itself and be seen. The project is nourished through exchanges that forge its versions, inviting a transreceptivity in choreography, empowered through felt-sense choice-making and composition.

Darkness, no creativity, togetherness, star-gazing, reciprocity, perceptual vibrancy, gathering, seeing and being scene, hermeticism, constellating, fecundity, channeling.

As F/ Genesis said the other night, “In-your-face Yin” 

Cave Forms WORKSHOP. Experience caving practices — for perceptual vibrancy, as a way to slow down, for fun, + to enhance your view for the performance constellation to come.

Cave Forms DARK PERFORMANCE. In the Dark: watch the forms appear and disappear, and your perceptions change. This nested cave show takes place in the lowest light possible. Very limited seating.

Cave Forms BARE PERFORMANCE. The bare show caving performance. Single images, sensation + design, no creativity, cave mounds finding their communication together in the vivid space. Limited seating.

Cave Forms UNFOLDING. This culminating performance will arise in response to the earlier discoveries in the constellation, and the fecundity of the Cave.

This event was followed by a dinner from neighborhood restaurant Shangri-La Vegan and a Slumber Party and the unveiling of the Group Cave - a massive nine-sided Cave Form created for group cave experimentation

Cave Forms SLUMBER PARTY. Quiet, together, hermetic, slumber, and party. We will experiment. You can do your own thing. Some just might dance.

Cave Forms CAVING. Hermetic together. This event features The Group Cave - a massive nine-sided Cave Form, and provides time and space to practice caving on your own, as well. With the potency & materiality of the Cave.












How to Incite a Vivid Arc




The  Dance Studies Working Group of the UC Berkeley Performance Studies Graduate Group hosted Margit Galanter for an artist talk / feedback session. Alongside Galanter’s multi-year and multi-varied Cave Forms performance research, she has been involved in asking, with collaborators, What is a vivid archive? In part an archive can extend beyond the bougie-ness of a Catalogue and work with what is underneath, how we index. An archive can be an extension of (non)activity, an opportunity for it to see itself from new angles, and a method for transducing and branching into new forms, breathing new life. Writing, video, graphs, drawings, and transdisciplinary materials have emerged from the Cave Forms project, some of which are surprising, and some of which offer the specificity of propositions on how to make meaning from the things made in the live(d) space.








Cave Forms SomaFest Audio, 2017


Audio Recording

Video Recording
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BioDiversitySomaticSummit

BioDiversity Somatic Summit, Interview with host Teri Carter, September 2017, SomaticSummit.

Caves, both natural and built, provide potent spaces that have been inhabited for time immemorial. Cave Forms is a somatic and dance inquiry instigated by Margit Galanter with the intention to nourish life. Cave Forms is a project that works both outdoors and indoors, working with the potency of the environment, and finding the inherent connections between human-nature. Indoors, for a time, we work with cloth and fabric to create caves. Through the practices, we work with sensory-perceptual movement, sound, stillness, imagery, solo and group practices, all to access a multi-sensorial and engaged relationship with our body-environment-expression.The experience of discovering new relationships to time and space has a profound effect on one’s being and artistic imagination, to access a unique and vivid experience in space.










Cave Forms Forgers, 2015

Temescal Arts Center, Oakland

An intimate project in the development of the vivid archive, and the proposition that the mover and viewer of the meaning of Cave Forms are inextricably linked. Forging refers to the alchemical process of creation, bringing matter into world use.










Cave Forms Vivid Archive










Vivid archive responses as a part of and after Cave Forms events:














Ca’av Incubations, 2018

Temescal Arts Center.

Intimate art life ritual gatherings inspired by cave forms and collective imagining, curated by Margit Galanter.  Participating artists: Angela Reginato, Asia Wong, Denise Leto, Eleni Stecopouls, Erica Newton, Frances Rosario, Kevin C. Lo, Olive McKeon, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, and Rae Diamond.