Mel O'Callaghan
Performance Workshop

Performance Workshop | Mel O'Callaghan 
When | Monday 19 August, 10am – 2pm 
Location | Level 2, Seminar Room 

RSVP Essential


Mel O’Callaghan, 'Respire, respire', 2019, performance and installation at Confort Moderne, France, courtesy the artist and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney; Galerie Allen, Paris; Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon. Photo: Clemens Habicht


Artspace is calling for participants to take part in a workshop for Mel O’Callaghan’s upcoming solo presentation, Centre of the Centre. This workshop will be led by Sabine Rittner, Associate Researcher and Music Psychotherapist, Institute for Medical Psychology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Germany. Sabine will give a presentation about her research into breath work and altered states of consciousness followed by a breathing workshop. Open to all – professional, amateur, performers and non performers alike.


Introduction with Mel O’Callaghan

10.30am – 12:30pm
Lecture by Sabine Rittner on 'Practical theory of altered states of consciousness' and 'The art of breathing'

12.30pm – 1pm
Lunch break with refreshments provided

1pm – 2pm
Practical exercise led by Sabine Rittner. Breathing-exercises, movement and bodywork 

This is a free event, RSVP is essential



Mel O’Callaghan is an accomplished artist who in recent times has had substantial exhibitions of her work in institutions such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Serralves Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and Biennale of Sydney. Her work is recognised for a depth of rigour and ambition, and her twenty years of practice demonstrates an intelligent, considered and sophisticated approach to conceiving projects that push the bounds of individual physical and psychological thresholds to provoke transformation. Based in Paris and Sydney, her work has a responsive and site-specific quality that lends itself to exhibition outcomes nationally and internationally.

Sabine Rittner works as a Scientific Associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology of the University Clinic Heidelberg, Germany. Her research topics are on the effects of sound and voice on the human body and soul and on trance / altered states of consciousness. She is an approved psychotherapist, music therapist, breath and voice therapist and is teaching medical students and doctors in Medical Psychology. Besides having published more then 120 publications she gives seminars and holds lectures all over the world since forty years. She also is an artist in the field of experimental performance and sculpture.