Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, who uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systems change. They are invested in breaking down the mind body separation that is dominant in Western paradigms in order to create more space for flexible thinking, holistic healing and bridging across differences. Camille’s art practice weaves dance, clowning, DJing, facilitation, film and cultural production.
In 2020 the Berlin based artist directed The Grief Portal, a sci-fi inspired short film, commissioned by Performing Borders Live and Counterpoints Arts, exploring how grieving can be generative. Camille's work was also featured in the VPRO documentary, The Post Racist Planet.
Camille is the head of Ecologies of Transformation (2021 - 2023), a temporary masters programme at Sandberg Institute, exploring how art making and embodiment can facilitate social change. They are currently researching grief on behalf of the Global Environments Network, creating a toolkit of embodied grief practices to support efforts for intersectional, ecological justice. Camille also works as an advisor for MAPS, ensuring that psychedelic assisted therapies will be accessible to global majority communities (POC) most harmed by the war on drugs.
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Camille visions a world in which care, empathy and intersectional embodiment practices are woven into activist and policy efforts towards systems change. This will create a holistic understanding of the issues we are working to shift and increase solidarity between different communities, in order to collectively address the global challenges we face, including the ecological crisis and systemic racism.
Camille’s unique vision is grounded in interdisciplinary knowledge. Having studied BA International Relations, they are well informed about global power relations, systems of oppression and the need for systems change to create ecological and social equity. Camille’s background in somatic social justice, dance and therapeutic modalities, including embodied peer counselling and restorative justice, has taught them the importance of acknowledging the way our bodies reproduce power hierarchies and systems of oppression in daily life.
Non verbal communication is the main way we transmit information as humans, so it is our body language that conveys dominance or submission, depending on the social position of the people we are interacting with. These often unconscious processes are intricately tied to the systems of power and inequality embedded in our societies. We could spend a lifetime intellectually learning about racism, for example, but if we do not work with the body to re-pattern it’s influence on our non verbal communication, we may still demonstrate dominance, or submission, in ways that are shaped by legacies of racism. Therefore, embodiment work is essential in order to create holistic and sustainable systems change for a variety of issues.