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Heavy Breathing #9: Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics with Christian Nagler featuring DJ Kit Clayton

Christian Nagler and Joshua Kit Clayton. Image of Joshua Kit Clayton by Suzy Poling.

Christian Nagler and Joshua Kit Clayton. Image of Joshua Kit Clayton by Suzy Poling.

Doors 7:30pm / Session 8:00-9:00pm - dance party to follow!

In this session we will delve deeply into some embodied non-solutions to the problem of global risk management. What are global risk management practices and how do they relate to our nervous systems? Engage in an athletic and de-armoring session of Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles. Wear comfortable clothes (no zippers or synthetic materials). Come prepared to move, breathe intensely, yell, and freak out a little. Dance party to follow!

Some issues we might hit on, either discursively or somatically:
The fear of life and the network of political unrest insurance
The miracle-terror of the vagus nerve
The level of co2 in the bloodstream
The 18th century grain trade
forming an internal intentional community of alkalinoids
Decalcinating and repotassiumizing the nervile chemoducts
Blue sky in mind
Lloyd’s of London
Who am I and why am I so anxious
The circulation of financial derivatives
Foucault’s critique of the repressive hypothesis
Tremoring polar bears.

Suggested reading and viewing materials:
1. Ulrich Beck, Living in the World Risk Society, 2006

2. Michel Foucault, Security Territory, Population, Lectures at the College de France, 1979 (especially lecture #2):

3.Benjamin Lee and Edward Lipuma, Circulatory Risks and the Speculative Habitus:

4. WR: Mysteries of the Organism, by Dusan Makavejev, 1971:

5. Claire Souch Pushing the Boundaries of Catastrophe Modeling, 2014:

Christian Nagler is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness and Yoga for Adjuncts, which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and completing his first novel, The Capitalist. 

Joshua Kit Clayton is a musician, artist, and deejay based in San Francisco. He has been releasing and deejaying music in the space that spans and surrounds techno, house, dub, and noise for over 15 years, with recordings on a variety of labels including Orthlorng Musork, Cytrax, ~Scape, DropBeat, Soul Jazz, Context, Parallel, Mille Plateaux, Vertical Form, Background, Nummer, Musique Risquée, and Car Park.

HEAVY BREATHING is a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the form of absurd, artist-led fitness classes. All Heavy Breathing events are FREE and open to the public. For more info, including a calendar of upcoming events, visit