Practicing Self Autonomy: Biphonic Singing and Baguazhang Martial Arts


A Workshop by Anibal Sandoval and Yunuen Rhi

September 30, 9:30 am - 1pm & October 1, 11:30am - 3pm
$50-100 per workshop or $80-130 for both days (sliding scale)

Baguazhang is an internal martial art from China that applies Ying Yang philosophy to a martial body movement system. It harnesses wisdom from Taoist and Buddhist principles dating back to the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. Bagua, as a high conscious level martial art practice, is also a powerful tool to combat physical and emotional ailments because it teaches how to fight with the spirit. Participants will be able to start cultivating the practice immediately after the workshop and will be provided with follow up options to maintain and enhance their skills.

Biphonic singing is a buco-nasal technique in which simultaneous sounds are produced. It comes from shamanic and animist practices based on the knowledge that elements of nature, animals, and plants have spirit. In the west, this type of singing has been used as a therapeutic technique. Harmonic resonance through vibrations are emitted cranially activating self-healing, internal balance and concentration.

No experience necessary. Open to anyone interested in body movement philosophy, ethnic sound exploration, psychophysics, self healing and moving meditation. Spanish to English interpreting included. Bring comfortable clothes & shoes.

Yunuen Rhi, martial artist, anthropologist and healer has roots in Mexico, United States and Korea. She started training Baguazhang and healing arts in Beijing, China in 2008 and was initiated into the 6th generation of the lineage by her Master, Liu Xuyang in 2010. For the last two years she has been under intensive training with Master Li Baohua holder of the 4th generation Magui Bagua lineage in Japan. Her studies in indigenous epistemologies, borders, and her exploration in performance art inform the pedagogy of her practice. She shares Baguazhang with the community in Berlin, Mexico City, Southern California and Oaxaca since 2011.

Anibal Sandoval graduated as a visual artist from the University of Chile in 2016. Since 2008 he has researched performance as a means of formulating and enhancing other realities. One of his lines of work is psychoacoustics through which he learned about Biphonic singing. He has conducted seminars in harmonic resonance and psychophysics training in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.



A Film & Performance Workshop by Lior Shamriz

Saturdays 12-4pm, September 30 - October 14
$170 for new participants, $110 for returning participants
$90 for youth 23 and under, seniors 55 and up, and students

This workshop is a platform for production, experimentation, learning and discussion. For actors it provides an opportunity to work and try out different “acting languages”. For filmmakers, visual artists, cineastes, this workshop is an arena to sketch, develop ongoing projects and begin new ones, within the frame of a critical forum. We will focus this time on annihilation & anxiety, cinema & mummification, fetish & artificial intelligence within visual representation, the apocalypse, civilization decay and related subjects.

Lior Shamriz was born in Ashkelon on the East Mediterranean, lived a decade in Berlin and is now based in L.A. They create essayistic narrations that queerly utilize cinema as performance and the cinematic languages as a process of reflexive documentation. Their films screened at numerous international film festivals, including Berlinale (2010, 2013, 2015), Locarno, Torino, Frameline, Sarajevo, MoMA NYC, KW-Berlin & awarded prizes at the Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage (2013, 2014, 2015) & were nominated to the Max Ophuls Prize and shortlisted for the Prize of the Nationalgalerie Germany for young art cinema. DEATH WISH is their 3rd workshop at PAM.