3 February 2024
Session 1: 10am – 1pm | Auslan Interpreted Performance
Session 2: 3pm – 6pm
*Note: both sessions are the same workshop
Facilitated by acclaimed artist and ropeworker — Luke George (STILL LIVES – NGV/Rising 2022) – Touching and Tying is a ROPETIMES rope bondage class designed for beginners and anyone who wants to learn, practice and play. Come with a partner or meet someone at the workshop. No previous experience required. Rope provided.
Rope is a sensitive and dynamic material. It can act like a conductor between bodies where energy, pleasure and power are exchanged. A sensuous art form and a form of play, rope bondage is a dynamic relational practice that involves a heightened sense of touch and sensitive mutual listening between the giver and the receiver, as they communicate their consent, trust, empathy and pleasure to each other. Discover what works for you and your partner/s.
In this workshop, Luke will teach principles and techniques. You will learn foundation knots and ties to get you started on your rope journey alongside a strong focus on touch, intimacy, communication, pleasure, safety and consent between you and your rope-partner — building sensation, trust and the dynamic connection.
3 February 2024
About the artist
Luke George (he/they) is a multidisciplinary artist and ropeworker. Based in Naarm (Melbourne). Luke’s work takes them across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, with their most recent work STILL LIVES for NGV/RISING 2022, tying and suspending 5 Aussie rules footballers into the recreation of the 2011 AFL Mark of the Year. Intersecting with their art practice, Luke is a sex worker, kink educator and rope bondage practitioner. Luke is passionate about sex positivity and how exploring pleasure can unshackle us from shame. With a particular focus on queer people, Luke creates safe environments for consenting adults to explore touch, intimacy and BDSM, based on a foundation of mutual respect. Luke believes that exploring intimacy with ourselves and with each other is a radical and necessary action in the world today.
The Rosina Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.