Martial arts for artists. Contemporary art vs. martial arts

Martial arts for artists
Contemporary art vs. martial arts
a workshop by Kris Limbach

Social movements, art movements and martial arts are connected in manifold ways: From the pure need of self defence for members of any kind of underground or avant garde movement to the artists that are also true masters of martial arts like Yves Klein there is a variety of connections and dynamics between these two forces.

Little is known and investigated about this connection: Art academies are often not interested in the martial arts side (as well as in the political stance ) of an artist. At the same time practitioners of martial arts and their organisations usually just care about their specific practice.

Members of the surrealists, situationists, feminists were often practicing martial arts. Musicians are drawn to martial arts as well as film actors feel the need to practice to improve their “ screen presence”. This workshop will give an brief overview and will include practicing classes with an introduction into some basic self defense techniques and some martial art styles, specifically traditional Karate and Modern Arnis.

Where: At Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia. Calle del Castillo, 30

Saturday 16th March: 10.00h-14.00h // 17.00h-20.00h
Sunday 17th March: 10.00h-14.00h // 16.00h-19.00h

The workshop is process oriented and will meet the skill levels of every participants.

The workshop is divided into hours of practice and hours of theory.

No need to have previous knowledge in martial arts.

Max of participants: approx 10 // Level: beginner, all levels

What to bring:
Comfy clothes (e.g. t-shirt, jogging pants, sport shoes) Optional: bring tools for your specific art practice (instruments, brushes, etc.. )

About the teacher:
Kris Limbach is a film maker and audiovisual artist. He ́s a long time practitioner of traditional Karate-Do and the philipine stick-fighting martial arts Modern Arnis and he is cross-trains boxing and self defence for 15 years. Cross referencing and conceptualizing different aspects of martial arts is one of the hidden variables of his artwork.



Price: 30.00€

Accommodation: 20.00€ per night in the artist house, 5 minutes walk from the Centro Negra


Free Improvisation with Josep Lluís Galiana -SONORA-

Free Improvisation
The big game of sonic roaming

Introduction to the essentials of free musical improvisation

Workshop guided Josep Lluís Galiana (

Target group: specially for professional and amateur musicians, but also for any other people interested in sonic knowledge.

Essential to provide instrument, be it musical, body, texts, sound objects…

Development of creativity and expressiveness and the manifestation of our emotions, sensitivity and intuition by creating improvised sound situations.

For more details, please check our Dossier or contact us

New Project: SONORA School of Sound Experimentation

SONORA is a School of Sound Experimentation established at Centro Negra, in Blanca (Murcia, Spain), in the rural environment of the Ricote Valley.

A project runned by AADK Spain, co-created and directed by artist-educator Selu Herraiz. Co-produced by Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, which will financially support the initiative over a period of three years.

Its main aims are: to foster the development of musical pedagogy through creation, to encourage new ways of learning and contemporary thinking based on sound experimentation, as well as the cultural dynamization of the Ricote Valley. The project seeks to generate a sense of community through collective creation, playing and reflection –addressing issues of gender, cultural diversity as transversal axes– to promote attitudes of collaboration, trust and respect. Thus, Sonora wishes to facilitate transformative experiences through sound, to build other imageries and stimulate  awareness of acoustic ecology.


Acid Lab Camp | Abraham Hurtado | July 2017

Acid Lab Camp
Laboratory – Residency

Abraham Hurtado / AADK Spain
22-29 July 2017 / Centro Negra

Abraham Hurtado’s Labs focus on the idea of the body as the container of emotions, both personal and social; they seek to expose the desolation and collateral damages that the body keeps in its self after going through traumatic events or intense life experiences.

Body has its own language and can, though the image that its presence creates, talk to us about emotions such as frustration, brutality, collapse, euphoria, anger, emptiness, desire, etc.

Abraham explores the role of fiction In the current times when cynicism and disillusion are constantly shadowing. His work penetrates in the relation between the artist and its context, making its way to new models and statements in the contemporary art practice.

During the last ten years, Hurtado has been developing the concept of a “body in crisis” and its reflections on the relationship with the territory and space.

Abraham has developed his practice in different media such as performance, installation, audiovisual installation, photography, editorial, apps and sonoric art.

Acid Lab Camp is a place for multidisciplinary experimentation and creation, an experience of nine days in which the participants will be conducted and guided through Abraham’s methodology and will work with trigger topics proposing ideas to develop in different media.

The artist will, for the first time, open this process to the contribution of external people, leading a practice methodology that will help to work intensively with the participants. The process of experimentation and emotional states will be strong and dynamic.

As main goals the Lab proposes:
·Dissect the spectator vision and create possible narratives according to the individual points of view that each of the participants delivers in their action.
·Deconstruct and built new esthetics and statements that responds to the topic “body in crisis”

Addressed to:
·Artist and people interested in collective creation based on the topic of “body in crisis” as well as those eager to seek for a new methodology in their practice.
·The Lab is based on the experience and it builds a temporal artistic community.
·There is no need for previous knowledge, but to remain open to experimentation and learning in collective processes.
·The Lab has a cross-disciplinary interest, therefore, it will gladly welcome architects, sociologist designers, and other adjacent fields.

Dates: from 22 up to 29 of July, 2017
/arrival 21 of July, closure 30 of July 2017/
Estimated working time: from 10h to 13h, and from 18h to 21h.
Estimated members: 15
Working area: Centro Negra. Calle del Castillo, nº30, 30540, Blanca, Murcia, España.

·Reduced fee: 275€ including accommodation and meals (lunch-dinner) prepared by the team. Breakfast not included
Required 50% payment before JUNE 10, 2017

·Not-reduced fee: 350€ including accommodation and meals (lunch-dinner) prepared by the team. Breakfast not included
Required 50% payment before JULY 10, 2017.


Las Navelas, rural houses located in a corner of the valley, surrounded by Mediterranean pine woods. The houses are equipped with kitchen, toilet, shower, and access to a swimming area.


| To apply, please send a short bio plus a motivational letter to |
| To confirm your participation it will be requested to send the receipt of 50 % of total |

Application deadline: 10 of JULY 2017 (reduced fee up to 10 of June 2017)

About the place:
Centro Negra is the Headquarter of AADK Spain, placed in the city of Blanca, Murcia, Spain. The town of 6000 inhabitants is part of the Ricote Valley, and crossed by the Segura river. A scenic site surrounded by mountains and ochre yards.

The Center is settled in the oldest area of town, reachable only by foot and blended to the hillside of the mountain, under an Arabic castle from the XII Century.
A set of poultry yard build in the beginning of the XX Century was transformed into the current Centro Negro building: a minimalistic space that preserves in its structure the walls of the mountain. Connected to Ricote’s valley trough its big windows, it allows the users to have a continuous contact with the landscape.

About the author:
Abraham Hurtado (Murcia, Spain, 1972).
Performer and Visual Artist. He has collaborated with numerous visual artists as well as worked in diverse theater and dance companies, both national and international.
His personal work explores the notions of space and presence, superimposed contexts, and the relation with the public, trying to expone how this affects the perception-reception of each proposal.
His last projects was presented in Festival Intimate Strangers in Vooruit, Gent La Conservera, Centre of Contemporary Art in Murcia, Biennal of Image and in Buenos Aires, Fundaço Vieira de Silva in Lisbon, Moderna Museet in Stockholm among others. He is one of the founders of the AADK platform in Berlin alongside Vânia Rovisco and Jochen Arbeit. He is founder member of AADK platform. This collective is a curatorial proyect in wich the members work with the selected artists exploring the fields of performance, installation, music, literature, video-art, etc. He has curated various exhibitions and festivals such as “Dissected” in Mica Moca Berlin, Fenomens 2015 and 2016 in Barcelona, Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Experimental Section of IBAFF Independent Film Festival, Cumplicidades 2018, Lisbon…etc. Since 2012, Abraham Hurtado is the director and founder of AADK spain in which he develops research projects in contemporary creation. Taking place in Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia, the program runs in collaboration with curator Elena Azzedin.

Links to some of his projects:

Martí Guillem

Ton-Dose “Is Pain Tour”
Martí Guillem
Workshop + Concert
March 7th of 2017 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In & out. Photography under the skin

Out there, everything is present
Inside of me, time doesn’t exist

Something moves inside when the landscape around us changes. There is a direct connection between the surrounding territory and our inner emotions. A kind of emotional synesthesia allows us to feel the spaces we dwell, we can feel cool like a forest or arid as a desert. We are the landscape we see. The skin is a border between what happens inside and outside of our body -a permeable border by absorption-.

In and Out is a laboratory to explore through the image the relations between body and territory. A space that allows the participants to listen the beats of their creativity and draw the cartography of their wishes by making an intimate documentary. Develop a photography practice from the emotions to give light to what was left under the shade.


  • To search for the intersection between the performative and the image.
  • To explore the environment while roaming, to listen to the silence, to embody the pause, to feel our own rhythm and synchronize it to the local breath.
  • To work from the body with performative dynamics and to create situations / experiences establishing a dialogue with the territory.
  • To experiment in the crossroad between the analogical and the digital image.
  • To discover the physicity of the photo as an object, black and white chemical laboratory, cianotipia technique and digital editing will be used.
  • To play with the body and the environment, not only as objects to portrait, but as support of the image itself, whether this is ephemeral or permanent.

_target group: Visual artists, performers and persons connected to the art in any way.

About the author

Selu Herraiz analyzes the relationship between Space, Time, Memory and Identity, creating experiences and working with bodies, sounds, spaces and images in a trans-disciplinary research. He combines his personal investigation with the design of educational and group dynamics, in order to activate the social transformation and to stimulate a critical thinking through creativity and playing. He recognizes himself as a nomad.

His work traveled to Toulouse (France), Riga (Letonia), Córdoba (Argentina), Lille (France), Palermo (Italy), Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia (Spain). He has combined the subversive practice and experimental work in the underground of art, with exhibitions and works in relevants nationwide institutions as MNCARS (Madrid), BB.AA Royal Academy of San Fernando (Madrid), Mubam (Murcia), Coam (Madrid), Centro Parraga (Murcia), CC Puertas de Castilla (Murcia), Matadero (Madrid) y Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid). In the alternative scene, his work has been shown in spaces such as Espai Erre (Barcelona), Hiroshima Room (Barcelona) or Alg-a Lab (Galicia), Centro Negra (Murcia), El Quirófano (Murcia), among others.

A los pies de Europa

Concept and video: Abraham Hurtado
Executed by: Daniel Hernández, Fructuoso Gil, Anabel Labrador, Emilio Manzano y Javier Seco
Live music: Miquel Casaponsa

Meg Stuart

Starting from the landscape of Blanca, Meg Stuart will develop a week long!!! exchange of sharing, experimentation and exercises that playfully invites the collective consciousness of nature to speak to us as we move, bury, dig up and unfurl our humanity and emotions about the state of things. We will frame this exchange in intimate and formal encounters with each other as we merge with the natural environment.

The workshop is aimed at people from all fields and disciplines interested in improvisation used as a strategy to explore body memory as well as physical and emotional states.

Meg Stuart

Born in New Orleans, Meg Stuart is a choreographer and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. The daughter of theatre directors, she began dancing and acting at an early age in California and regularly performed in her parents’ productions and those made by family friends. She made her first dance studies as a teenager focussing on simple movement actions. Stuart decided to move to New York in 1983 and studied dance at New York University. She continued her training at Movement Research where she explored numerous release techniques and was actively involved in the downtown New York dance scene.

Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Through improvisation, Stuart explores physical and emotional states or the memories of them. In the book Are we here yet? (2010), she reflects on her practice in a conversation with Jeroen Peeters and describes the exercises, tasks and narratives that she uses in workshops and as part of the creative process.

Time displacement

Time Displacement is a one-week program, created by AADK, based on theory and practice around performance. For this program, AADK invited the artists Vania Rovisco (Portugal) and Raegan Truax (USA) whose current practices are based in the durational performance and the transmission work.