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Total Body Workout

Total Body Workout leads you through a ‘total body’ experience in which history unfolds not in chronological order but in a head-to-toe sequence.

How is our body scripted and shaped by the times it lives in? How are national agendas and political ideologies woven into bodily semiotics? How does one’s body memory become an integral part of hegemonic historical narratives? And how do we inhabit a historical and totalised body?

Based on nationwide physical exercise routines and mass gymnastic performances in Asia, the Eastern Bloc and the United States, Total Body Workout proposes a recomposition of the existing corporal movements and a reconfiguration of the past in the present. Here and now, we work out the total body.




work credits:

Tutors: Ruben Pater × Thomas Buxo
Photography & cinematography: Helena Roig × Pedro Gossler
Music: Dima Ibrahim
Make up: Mijs Goosen
Fitness supervisor: Leon Lapa Pereira
Performers: Leon Lapa Pereira × Ella Wang Olsson × Tom Šebestík × Tingyi Jiang × Pelle Schilling
Graduation show exhibition design: Luā Su-íng × Arthur Cordier


KABK Graduation Show 2021, The Hague
PIP Expo, The Hague
GOGBOT Festival, Enschede
Recipes for A Technological Undoing, Extra-Curricular program Gerrit Rietveld Academie & Sandberg Instituut
Embodied lives, Embodied tales, Honors Program at Artez Arnhem
yà运会, Luxelakes·A4 Art Museum, Chengdu
2 Body Practice, W139, Amsterdam
Sinema Transtopia, bi’bak, Berlin
Unscripted Tour, SPREAD MAGAZINE Launch Event, Rotterdam
Body Matters, CHAXART Gallery, Amsterdam


Graduation work | Royal Academy of Art, The Hague | 2021
Nomination iii Research Residency Award
Winner BA Graphic Design Department Award 2021
Gold Award, Multidisciplinary Design, Young Blood Award | Lu Junyi Design Live


Dutch Designer Yearbook 2021
SPREAD MAG issue 5: Movement