Sarah Goffman’s performance Oki-do yoga (2013) is based on ‘Japanese breathing yoga’, a technique the artist learnt in Glebe twenty years ago that she considers saved her life. Visiting Japan, she discovered the Japanese people she met did not seem to know the technique so began teaching it herself. Goffman has performed a series of yoga actions in her practice including one at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Videos documenting these events will form part of Oki-do yoga at the MCA. Describing the work, she says:
Sydney seems to be a yoga city and I thought I would do this action in recognition of the devotions so many people make each day, and as a conversion of the gallery space into a place of relaxation, revitalisation and transformation.
During MCA opening hours the artist will perform her regular yoga ritual, taking time out for breaks. Museum visitors are welcome to follow Goffman’s simple yoga moves using one of the mats provided, or just to relax, stretch out in their own time and listen to the accompanying music. Talking is not allowed.1
Sarah Goffman (b. 1966) lives and works in Sydney and is currently completing a DCA in Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. Selected exhibitions featuring her work include Cementa 13, Kandos, NSW, 2013; Micro Parks, Performance Space, Sydney, 2013; Plastici, Lewers House, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2012; The Lab, Appin Motel, NSW, 2012; Everything Falls Apart Part I, Artspace, Sydney, 2012; Cryptophilistinism, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2009; Colleagues & Peers (Hokey-Pokey), The Cosmic Battle for Your Heart, Sydney, 2009; I’m worst at what I do best, Parramatta Artists Studios, 2009; Someone Shows Something To Someone, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2006; Situation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2005.
1. Artist’s statement 2013
Sarah Goffman, BIG IN JAPAN 2009, filmed by Morita Yasuaki, image courtesy and © the artist
During each Workout performance Brain Fuata performs Reading instructions now, transcribing his own texts and those gleaned from his co-participants as ‘a way of responding, documenting and re-performing what is enacted during the week’. He invites the other Workout artists to read his presence in the gallery, and their relationship to it.