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Nambu Takate Kote – Construction and Application

In terms of upper body ties, we have two principal structures: Full wraps around the body (standard TKs) or an asymmetric construction that usually results in a diamond pattern (Hishi ties). The Nambu TK is the result of Barkas’ studies to combine those two principal constructions and to offer a tie that is suitable and sustainable for a large variety of body types.

In 1960, Yoichiro Nambu, a theoretical physicist, introduced the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking to high energy particle physics. He was awarded the nobel price for this effort. The Nambu-TK is named after him because of the symmetry breaking the tie undergoes towards the end. This phase transition from a standard TK to a Hishi tie makes it extremely durable in basically all positions during suspensions.
In this 3h workshop, we will go through the Nambu-TK step by step and will also go through a few applications of it, i.e. we will engage in suspensions. Those suspensions will be chosen according to the level of the participants.

Details:

Date: Saturday, July 7th. 2pm-5pm (Doors open at 1.30pm)

Prerequisite
s: intermediate level. Understanding of the basics of a TK.

Price: $120




By buying a ticket for this workshop you agree to the terms and conditions.

Signifying Or Signifying Nothing – approaches to strike new paths in (erotic) photography.

In this intense 2 day analogue photography workshop series we will explore various possibilities of erotic (bondage) photography. This workshop is intended for all levels, from complete beginner to professional. In order to eliminate the equipment advantage of economically stable/professional level workshop attendees, all participants will build their own film camera from a kit, and will work with that camera for the duration. (Exception would be for requested topics, see below.)

Due to the omnipresence of images in our times, as well as our media consumption habits and the resulting mental contamination through double moral standards, photography lost a lot of its reputation. This is especially the case for photography with erotic content. Additionally, many photographers suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) which is a consequence of the fast development of technology and aggressive advertisements. One of the primary aims of my artistic work is to counteract this situation, by returning to minimalistic equipment and by utilizing film instead of digital to force the photographer to slow down and consciously choose each shot.

Workshop contents:

• Every participant will build their own 35mm SLR camera (https://shop.lomography.com/de/ cameras/konstruktor-family/konstruktor-f). This cost is in addition to the workshop cost. Organizer will order kits for all confirmed attendees.

• We will discuss theoretical as well as philosophical, ethical, and moral aspects of erotic photography.

• We will establish how to plan a session from a professional perspective.

• We will talk about composition of a picture as well as how light influences the photograph’s mood.

• We will practice capturing images under severe limitations (minimalistic gear/ equipment/lighting on a budget).

• Performances of Kinbaku scenes will be provided by experienced practitioners.

• Participants have the possibility to submit requests for topics (min. 1 month in advance so I can work it/something out).

Details:

Friday, November 2nd, 5 – 7pm
• We meet for a basic/short workshop introduction and prepare for day 1.

Day 1, Saturday, November 3rd, 11am–7pm (one hour break)
• We are building and getting to know the camera (approx. 2 hours).

• Discussion of theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and moral aspects, and how to find and explore new paths with your photography.

• Composition.

• Lighting (on a budget).

• Practicing with our minimalistic equipment.

Between the workshop days

The films we have exposed on day 1 will be developed and digitalized.

Day 2, Saturday, November 10th, 11am–6pm (one hour break)
• We start with reviewing and discussing the pictures from day 1 and see how to progress from there in terms of personalizing your style.
• We will also go through your submitted topics.
• The workshop concludes with a debriefing and discussion of the many faces/ languages of erotic photography.

Fees:
•Workshop: $120-$200 sliding scale. (Pay what you can within this frame.)
•Equipment: Camera&Film about $70. The camera belongs to you after the workshop. More info here: Lomography Konstrukor Camera

RSVP per email or in person at TheSpace2

About the presenter:

Tom Hofmann is professional advertising photographer and graphic designer in Vienna, Europe. His work as visual artist is the balance to his superficially bread-and-butter job.
His photography focuses on the erotic, including fetish and bondage images. Although experimental and conceptual images are exciting, “everyday” themes are just as intriguing for him. He envisions his work as extracted frames from a movie, chosen to dramatize the intensity of the moment presented. His work is captured in a way that allows for single frames to stand alone and speak for themselves but also for combined frames to come together and bring a new perspective through the story being shown.

His work can be found on his website ho-twork.jimdo.com

SIMPLE AND CONCEPTUAL – SOLD OUT!!! Yoroi Nicolas & Faustine Intensive

YOROÏ NICOLAS

Performer, Photograph, Presenter, Rope Expert, Corporal Artist
Rigger since 1998, Presenter&Performer since 2011
I lived and studied during 4 years in Tokyo Japan

Faustine

fancy heroine – willing captive – ephemeral muse – emotional researcher – skinned traveler – intrepid lover – cracked survivor – wild creature – awake dreamer

About the workshop:

Kinbaku should be a living moment, a living movement. Rigger and Model can be seen as involved in a dance together, where the movement of one will spontaneously move the other. The aim is not to reproduce certain patterns, but to work towards discovering and gaining a better understanding of the principles in order to be able to create and organize your own instant compositions, and to bring life into these compositions, from beginning to end.

The guiding idea for this workshop will be : Movement ! Hoping it will be mental as well as physical. Stillness will not be a goal, but just a suspended moment in our Music.
In studying this, we will explore just how thin the line between spirit and body can be, and maybe to realize they will be no line at all…

With an eye to developing the participants’ flow and improvisational capacities in rope-bondage, we will discuss classical concepts in Japanese culture like Ma, Ma-Ai, Omote-Ura and posture.

The aim of the workshop is to enable the partners to translate in the ephemeral of ropes the energy and sensations they share and discover together.

This workshop is always different and will always use my background in Martial art, Massage (Shiatsu and Thai) and rope technique!
(Floor, Standing, Semi-suspension and suspension may be practiced depending of the group and the developpement. One rope tying will be used a lot)

Requirements (For Model and Rigger):

  • Advanced Level
  • To Have Worked Your Corporel Conscience
  • To be safe in Suspension : Yoko-tsuri, Gyaku-Ebi, Futomomo and one other pattern
  • To be willing to try differently, trust each other and accept Physical Risk

Material: 

  • 8 to 10 ropes
  • 5 Carabiners (A ring can be used too)
  • 2 Blindfolds
  • A cutting tool for Kinbaku (and a ready to use one!)

Date:

  • Day I: Oct 20. 11am-6pm (one hour break)
  • Day II: Oct 21. 11am-6pm (one hour break)

Cost:

$400/pair (tax included)

Tickets: Sold out!

Tickets are either available in person at any event at TheSpace2 (card payment or cash) or via PayPal through the button below. By purchasing a ticket you agree to have read and understood the terms and conditions (standard refund policies apply) and the fulfil the prerequisites for this workshop.


Intro to Ropes. Sun May 13th. 10am-2pm

Presented by Addie & Caek

This hands-on workshop is open to all levels, and is specifically aimed at beginners who want a
starting point into play and rope. We will look at simple, effective, versatile tools that can be combined to create satisfying scenes. No experience is necessary. We will cover a basic single and double handcuff, a simple chest harness, a thigh tie, as well as some fun uses for each. We will also explore some favourite non-rope tools: predicaments, pressure points, basic bare-handed impact, and the creative use of a big stick. We will look at timing, teasing, reading your partner’s reactions, evaluating the progress of the scene, and playing with sensations. There will be plenty of time to practice and play during the class, so come prepared to explore and have fun.

As ever, many thanks to Caek for their invaluable assistance in teaching this class <3

Covers:
Basic safety, pre-scene discussion, consent, communication
Single and double wrist cuff
Chest harness
Thigh tie
Pressure points, impact, and other ways to get a reaction
Reading reactions
Basic predicaments
Building a scene

Prerequisites:
None, though it is a good idea to come with someone (or a group) with whom you are comfortable playing and learning

Required:
Rope. Practice lengths can be provided with prior notice, please contact me.

Registration confirmed on receipt of payment, please contact addietahl@gmail.com to register.

 Suspension in Three Parts. June 5, June 19, July 3. 7-10pm

Presented by Addie & Caek

Photo by Addie

Suspensions are intense, fun, elegant, challenging, strenuous, liberating, rewarding… and they carry with them a higher risk profile. This progressive workshop series builds a functional knowledge of suspension, with the aim of acknowledging and minimizing the risks involved so that all parties can have a good time in the air. We will look at common forms/progressions in suspension, uplines, smooth body handling, balance points, trouble shooting, and other various bits of knowledge for those tying. We will also cover bottoming knowledge and body awareness, as well as communication between the tying and tied persons, and workarounds for some of the more common trouble spots. No previous suspension knowledge necessary, though tying participants should be able to tie a suspension-worthy upper body tie in under 5 minutes, and a non-collapsing single column tie on the first try. (If you want a refresher, we are running a TK workshop on Tuesday, May 29th) People being tied should have some experience in rope, though this is a flexible suggestion. If you have any questions about those guidelines, please contact us.

Part I: Partial suspensions.          Tuesday June 5. 7-10pm

Part II: Static full suspensions.    Tuesday June 19. 7-10pm

Part III: Transitions.                       Tuesday July 3. 7-10pm

If you would like to come to the Transitions workshop without coming to the others, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of uplines, body handling, safety, and communication.

Bring: ropes (enough to suspend, which generally means enough for an upper body harness plus 4ish lengths).  We have some rings and carabiners to borrow for the duration of the workshop, as well as bamboo and safety cutting devices. Bring what you have, but no need to go out and buy anything just for this workshop. Comfy clothes are recommended, and I find leggings and socks/ankle warmers are helpful against rope rubbing, especially when the tying person is learning. Be aware that some of these techniques may leave rope marks.

The techniques used are more suited for natural fiber rope (hemp, jute) than synthetic.

Cost: $120/couple each workshop or $300/couple for all three. Maximum 8 couples.

Get your ticket here or directly at TheSpace2


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TK workshop. May 29. 7-10pm


Presented by Addie

The Takate Kote (TK, box tie, Gote, etc) in all its various forms is one of the staples of rope bondage. When applied correctly and adapted to the situation and the person wearing it, this tie offers a sustainable and reliable base for many scenes, both floor and air. The TK also presents many micro-techniques – finger tricks, tensioning and placement challenges, rope handling possibilities, that help a tying person develop their skills. This workshop provides an introduction to TK basics, including a TK pattern which is suitable for floorwork and one which, once practiced extensively*, is suitable for suspension. We will look at the functions of basic elements of this tie, as well as some details and modification possibilities to compensate for common issues. We will also discuss communication between the tying and tied persons, and body knowledge for the person being tied, including finding nerve spots to avoid, checking hands, and evaluating the comfort/sustainability of the tie.

(*Please note, this workshop is only the first step in learning and understanding one version of the TK. There are many variations, and TKs are complex patterns that need to be practiced many times in order to be understood well enough to be used in suspension. Taking one workshop does not grant an automatic grasp of this tie. Understanding takes time, practice, correction, and repetition.)

Pre-requisites: tying participants should be able to tie a non-collapsing single column tie on the first try. Participants being tied should be able to hold their hands behind their back for several minutes at a time. We will look at a hands in front version of theTK as well, and we often use hands in front TKs in our own work, but for the sake of thorough learning it is best for the person tying to be able to practice both hands in front and in back during this workshop.

Cost: $120/couple

Get your ticket here or directly at TheSpace2.




NEW SPACE!

Amazing news!

After all that time looking for a new space and quite some experiences we have secured and signed the lease on a beautiful 1100 sq foot space at Kingsway between Rupert and Joyce street. We move in around the middle of April, and will be having an opening SpaceTime party on April 20th.

For those who offered help in setting up – yes please! PM us a phone number and we will mass text out when we have the move-in planned. No obligations to come to all of the clean/build/move stuff, we greatly appreciate any time people are willing to put towards this.

A bit more about the new Space – The space has two separate entrances (one of which is wheelchair accessible. That entrance will only be opened if needed). It will provide space for about 10-12 tying spots with hard points. An extra hangout area with a small, focused library, and a washroom – that’s the new space. Above it, there is a Chinese BBQ restaurant that is open 5pm-midnight. Street parking is abundant and it is only a couple blocks away from the skytrain as well as several busses (19, 26, 41, 43).

The new space will come hand in hand with some new implementations:

  • We are starting a Pay It Forward board. This idea has been brewing for a while (thanks C for planting the seed!) and we are glad to finally have the opportunity to put it into effect. The idea is that people who have a bit extra right now can buy a spot in a training, or an entry to a SpaceTime, or some cash towards a workshop, and pin that to a board in the Space. Those who need a bit extra right now can take something from the board.
  • Memberships! We will have memberships, which give entry to SpaceTimes and SpaceJams.
  • Punch cards for trainings! The old email/etransfer system was clunky. Snag a punch card, share a punch card between partners, buy 10 sessions get one free J
  • DIY Workshops! Aside from our regular offerings there is also the option of creating your own workshop to suit your schedule. Grab a few friends, set a time and a topic, and for a flat rate we will run whatever workshop you want. Very useful for people with strange work schedules, or who want to delve into a niche topic.
  • Card payment options! We are setting up Square (or similar) so we can accept debit and credit cards. We will always prefer cash (there’s no associated transaction fee) but we can now accept plastic, too.
  • New and old events: Aside from the very core of TheSpace, namely the Kinbaku trainings and the SpaceTimes, we will again be able to offer our “SpaceMingler”, the “LiveDrawing evening”, “Hubble” – a photography event, a queer space, the SpaceJam – a brunch on a Sunday with breakfast and tying, “SpaceOddity” – a themed playparty, a sculpturing evening, and more.

 

How can you help?

As we said in the last post, the best way to help us is to come to stuff. Get a membership, sign up for a workshop, grab some rope, take a private lesson. Everything helps!

In terms of interior, when we are back from our Europe tour (which starts tomorrow), we will examine what exactly is needed to make it the most awesome space in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe, we’ll express the dream for another couch and smaller things.

 

Anyways, we are so much looking forward to this and we can’t wait to open with you and for you all the new Space.

 

Barkas & Addie – TheSpace2