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Gestalta is a Berlin based performance and installation artist. The primary focus of her work is shibari (aka kinbaku / Japanese rope bondage).

She has performed around Japan, Australia, and many European cities including London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Geneva, and Barcelona.

See here for modelling portfolio and information.

sketch of girl performing shibari self suspension

PORTFOLIO || EDUCATION

Gestalta has been studying shibari since her introduction to it in 2007. Her initial interest was purely in the visuals of shibari, seduced by the seemingly organic structure of rope on the body and the awkwardly evocative photography of Nobyoshi Araki. As she began to familiarise herself with the experience first hand she soon developed an appreciation for the psychology and eroticism of rope bondage, which lead her on a journey into the world of BDSM, first in the west, and eventually into the underground of Tokyo and Osaka. Her relationship with shibari continues to fluctuate between the sexual and the artistic aspects.

She first found shibari as a form of performance art around 2 years into her exploration of ropes. As a performer her work is often direct and minimalistic with a focus on bold, dynamic transitions and movements, which she likes to contrast by presenting in a soft, subtle, and feminine way.

Gestalta absorbed much of her technical rigging style as a natural process of observation and experience during the 3 years (2011 - 2014) she spent modelling for top Japanese nawashi, Kazami Ranki, but prefers to mix and evolve elements from different styles rather than to follow any ryu (style) religiously.

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JANUARY to MARCH 2018
20 - 21 January : "Exposure" workshop collaboration with Tamandua (details TBA), Berlin (DE)
OCTOBER to DECEMBER 2017
6 - 8 October : Private booking, Mallorca (SP)
16 October : Kinbaku Luna Beginners Class, Berlin (DE)
4 - 5 November : Weekend Intensive Workshop, Athens (GR)
24 - 26 November : Workshop collaboration with Marlen, Helsinki (FI)
16 - 17 December : "Skin and Breath" workshop (details TBA), Berlin (DE)
JULY to SEPTEMBER 2017
1 July : Relocating to Berlin (DE)
23 July : Lines - Kinbaku life drawing, Berlin (DE)
2 - 4 August : London (UK)
5 - 6 August : Weekend Intensive Workshop, Bournemouth (UK)
8 - 13 August : Presenting at Shibari Camp (SE)
15 August : Private Booking, Berlin (DE)
2 September : Private Performance, Berlin (DE)
5 - 7 September : Paris (FR)
8 - 11 September : Private Booking, Berlin (DE)
18 - 22 September : Eurix, Berlin (DE)
22 - 24 September : Attending Akira Naka advanced workshop, Copenhagen (DE)
APRIL to JUNE 2017
21 - 23 April : Shibari Intensive with Gestalta (model: Noctuelle) - Oslo (NO)
24 - 26 April : Oslo (NO)
27 - 30 April : Stockholm (SE)
1 - 4 May : Malmo (SE) & Copenhagen (DK)
5 - 7 May : Modelling for Gorgone Opus 3+4 - Wonderground, Copenhagen (DK)
8 - 16 May : Berlin (DE)
17 - 31 May : London (UK)
2 - 4 June : Workshop, Helsingborg (SE)
7 June : "Justine" Två flickors dygd : en afton i ord & rep - Vertigo förlag, Malmö (SE)
9 - 11 June : Workshop collaboration with Soptik - Prague (CZ)
10 June : "Shibari Night" performance (model: Noctuelle) - Prague (CZ)
15 - 16 June : Keynote presentation (talk and live demonstration) entitled "Intimacy & Impermanance" at INTIMATERIAL SYMPOSIUM - Royal College of Arts, London (UK)
16 - 18 June : Ropework - Paris (FR)
19 June : Lundi de l'image, live sessions with Tamandua - Paris (FR)
20 - 21 June : Paris (FR)
22 - 30 June : London (UK)
JANUARY to MARCH 2017
19 - 31 JANUARY : JAPAN
1 FEBRUARY - 8 MARCH : AUSTRALIA
3 Feb : Kinbaku Workshop with Pedro & Gestalta. Day 1: Beginner - Perth (AU)
4 Feb : Kinbaku Workshop with Pedro & Gestalta. Day 2: Intermediate - Perth (AU)
4 Feb : Performance evening with Pedro & Gestalta + Jyowa screening - Perth (AU)
5 Feb : Kinbaku Workshop with Pedro & Gestalta. Day 3: Intermediate/Advanced - Perth (AU)
10 Feb : Creating Hojo Inspired Floor Ties with Pedro & Gestalta - Adelaide Rope Space (AU)
11 Feb : A Day with Pedro & Gestalta (Day 1) - Adelaide Rope Space (AU)
11 Feb : Performance with Pedro at "Bound" Party - Adelaide Rope Space (AU)
12 Feb : A Day with Pedro & Gestalta (Day 2 - Advanced) - Adelaide Rope Space (AU)
17 Feb : Creating Hojo Inspired Floor Ties with Pedro & Gestalta - Evil Girls HQ, Gold Coast (AU)
18 - 19 Feb : A Weekend with Pedro & Gestalta - Evil Girls HQ, Gold Coast (AU)
19 Feb : Performance with Pedro - Evil Girls HQ, Gold Coast (AU)
24 Feb : Performance with Pedro - The Hellfire Club, Sydney (AU)
25 Feb : Performance Evening with Pedro & Gestalta (Facebook) - Studio Kink, Sydney (AU)
25 - 26 Feb : Weekend workshop with Pedro & Gestalta (Facebook) - Studio Kink, Sydney (AU)
3 Mar : Evening workshop with Pedro & Gestalta - Melbourne Rope Dojo, Melbourne (AU)
4 Mar : Performance Evening - Melbourne Rope Dojo, Melbourne (AU)
4 - 5 Mar : Weekend workshop with Pedro & Gestalta - Melbourne Rope Dojo, Melbourne (AU)
15 - 19 Mar : Amsterdam (NL)
20 - 26 Mar : Presenting at Eurix (model: Noctuelle), Berlin (DE)
OCTOBER to DECEMBER 2016
7 Oct : Performance (model: Sophia) - The Soap Box, London (UK)
23 Oct : Introduction to Shibari - London (UK)
28 : Performance (model: Sophia) - Prague Shibari Festival (CZ)
28 - 30 Oct : Presenting at Prague Shibari Festival (CZ)
20 Nov : Introduction to Shibari - London (UK)
23 - 24 Nov : 'Circle Drawing' performance (concept by Mat Chivers) - PM/AM Gallery London, (UK)
2 Dec : Performance with Pedro - The Soap Box, London (UK)
14 - 17 Dec : Paris (FR)
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Keynote Presentation entitled "Intimacy and Impermenance" at the Intimaterial symposium
(Royal College of Arts - London, UK, June 2017)

“Circle Drawings" : 17 minute durational performance, and performance relic
Concept and artistic direction by Mat Chivers. Performed by Gestalta Judd and Marika Leila Roux. Live soundtrack by Moire.
(PM/AM gallery - London, UK, November 2016)

"Shibari" : 75 minute durational performance.
Concept by Pedro Diniz Reis. Performed by Pedro and Gestalta.
(Culturgest - Lisbon, Portugal, June 2016)

Akechi Denki 10th anniversary memorial event - performance with Pedro
(Tokyo, Japan, July 2015)

Performances and presentations at international shibari festivals in cities including:
London (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015), Sydney (2013, 2014), Berlin (2015, 2016), Prague (2016), Moscow (2016), Tallinn (2016)

FULL CV

PERFORMANCE

- Intimaterial, performance at Royal College of Arts
(London, UK, June 2017)
- Shibari Night, performance
(Prague, CZ, June 2017)
- "Justine" performance
(Malmö, SE, June 2017)
- Eurix No. X, Performance
(Berlin, DE, March 2017)
- Melbourne Rope Dojo, Performance with Pedro
(Melbourne, AU, March 2017)
- Studio Kink Sydney, Performance with Pedro
(Sydney, AU, February 2017)
- Sydney Hellfire Club, Performance with Pedro
(Sydney, AU, February 2017)
- Evil Girls HQ, Performance with Pedro
(Gold Coast, AU, February 2017)
- Adelaide Rope Space, Performance with Pedro
(Adelaide, AU, February 2017)
- Peer Rope Perth, Performance with Pedro
(Perth, AU, February 2017)
- The Soap Box, Performance with Pedro
(London, UK, December 2016)
- "Circle Drawings". Concept: Mat Chivers. Perfored by Gestalta Judd, Marika Leila Roux and Moire at PM/AM gallery
(London, UK, November 2016)
- Prague Shibari Festival, Performance
(Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016)
- The Soap Box, Performance + event organiser / curator
(London, UK, October 2016)
- RopeFest, Performance
(Tallinn, Estonia, July 2016)
- Rope Spirit Festival, Performance
(Prague, Czech Republic, July 2016)
- "Shibari" Culturgest; performance with Pedro
(Lisbon, Portugal, June 2016)
- The Soap Box, event organiser / curator
(London, UK, June 2016)
- Moscow Knot, performance
(Moscow, Russia, April 2016)
- The Realm of Shunga, immersive theatre performance
(London, April 2016)
- The Soap Box, Performance + event organiser / curator
(London, UK, April 2016)
- The Soap Box, event organiser / curator
(London, UK, February 2016)
– Bound, Performance
(London, UK, January 2016)
– Red Bind Variation 2 performance w/ Gorgone and Bruno Ducret (live cello)
(Paris, France, November 2015)
– Nude Noir Halloween, Performance
(London, UK, October 2015)
– London Fetish Weekend performance
(London, October 2015)
– London Festival of Rope Art performance
(London, UK, September 2015)
– Nude Noir, Food Noir, Performance
(London, UK, September 2015)
– Miscellanea Arts Club, Vauxhall, Performance
(London, UK, September 2015)
– Eurix: double self suspension performance
(Berlin, Germany, September 2015)
– Shibari by Night (Kasumi Hourai performance evening)
(London, UK, August 2015)
– Akechi Denki 10th anniversary memorial performance with Pedro
(Tokyo, Japan, July 2015)
– Kinbaku Live at Studio 6 performance w/Osada Steve
(Tokyo, Japan, May 2015)
– Saturday Night Live. 2 performances
(Paris, France, April 2015)
– Nude Noir, Valentine’s, performance
(London, UK, February 2015)
– Kinbaku Untied, Performance
(Barcelona, Spain, January 2015)
- Bound, Performance
(London, UK, January 2015)
– Kinbaku Magic, Performance with Miumi-U
(London, UK, December 2015)
– Tokyo Underground. Performance with Miumi-U
(Geneva, Switzerland, November 2014)
– Tokyo Underground. Performance
(Geneva, Switzerland, November 2014)
– Shibari Night with Miumi-U and Gestalta, performance
(Prague, Czech Republic, November 2014)
– Sydney Rope Festival, performance w/ Kazami Ranki
(Sydney, Australia, October 2014)
– OzKinkFest, the Australian Fetish Expo
(Melbourne, Australia, September 2014)
– Start Options Exit & Melbourne Underground Film Festival opening night
(Melbourne, Australia, September 2014)
– Bound, Performance
(London, UK, September 2014)
- Cirque Shibari (performance development)
(Berlin, August 2014)
-Wireless Festival, performance
(London, UK, July 2014)
– Club Rosas 5, performance w/ Miumi-U
(Barcelona, Spain, April 2014)
– Torture Garden. Performances w/ Kazami Ranki
(London, UK, April 2014)
– Impacts, performance w/ Kazami Ranki
(Paris, France, April 2014)
– PSYDOLL, performance w/ Miumi-U
(London, UK, February 2014)
– Artful Badger: The Art of Hearts Valentines Ball, performances
(London, UK, February 2014)
– Bound. Performance
(London, UK, February 2014)
– Sydney Rope Festival, performance w/ Kazami Ranki
(Sydney, Australia, October 2013)
-Sydney Rope Festival, collaborative performance w/ Kazami Ranki, Milla Reika and Nami.
(Sydney, Australia, October 2013)
– Torture Garden Birthday Ball. Performances over 2 nights w/ Kazami Ranki
(London, UK, 10th - 11th May 2013)
– Artful Badger: The Love Nest Valentine’s Ball, performances.
(London, UK, February 2013)
– London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage, 2 performances w/ Kazami Ranki
(London, UK, 2012)
– London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage, performance w/ Kazami Ranki
(London, UK, 2011)
– Cirque du Soir, various regular performances w/ Esinem
(London, UK, 2011)
– Don’t Japanic, performance w/ Esinem
(London, UK, 2011)
– Lucha Britannia: February Falls, performance w/ Esinem
(London, UK, 2011)
– CSVPA show, Cambridge Corn Exchange
(Cambridge, UK, 2010)
– Rubber Ball, for Esinem
(London, UK, 2009)

WORKSHOPS

>>TEACHER<<
- Shibari Camp, Sweden
(August, 2017)
- Bournemouth Intensive Weekend
(August, 2017)
- Weekend workshop, Prague
(June 2017)
- Weekend workshop, Helsingborg
(June 2017)
- Weekend Intensive, Oslo
(April 2017)
- Eurix No. X
(March 2017)
- Prague Shibari Festival
(October 2016)
- Rope Fest, Estonia
(July 2016)
- Moscow Knot
(April 2016)
- Norway; 2 day workshop
(March 2016)
- London; Introduction to Suspension
(February 2016)
- London; Levelling up 4 week course
(January - February 2016) - London; Self Suspension
(August 2015)
- London; Strappado
(August 2015)
- London; Introduction to Shibari
(taught monthly; Aug 2015 - Nov 2016)
- Bournemouth Tea Party
(3 workshops during 2015)
– Paris; 3 day workshop
(April 2015)
– Edinburgh; 2 day workshop
(March 2015)
– London; Secret Shibari
(February 2015)
– London; Bound workshop
(January 2015)
– Glasgow; An afternoon with Gestalta
(November, 2014)
– London; A day with Gestalta: tying your partner, not a partner
(November 2014)
>>CO-TEACHER or TEACHER'S MODEL<<
- Model for Gorgone's Opus 3 & 4
(Copenhagen, DK, May 2017)
– Workshop with Pedro
(Melbourne, AU, March 2017)
– Workshop with Pedro
(Sydney, AU, February 2017)
– Workshop with Pedro
(Gold Coast, AU, February 2017)
– Workshop with Pedro
(Adelaide, AU, February 2017)
– Workshop with Pedro
(Perth, AU, February 2017)
– Workshop with Miumi-U
(Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2014)
– Workshop with Miumi-U
(Prague, Czech Republic, October / November 2014)
– Workshop with Miumi-U
(Berlin, Germany, October 2014)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model
(Sydney, Australia, September/October 2014)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model
(London, UK, April 2014)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model
(Paris, France, April 2014)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model
(Sydney, Australia, September/October 2013)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model
(London, UK, May 2013)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass model
(London, UK, October 2012)
– Kazami Ranki Masterclass model
(London, UK, May 2012)
– London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage
(London, UK, 2009)
>>STUDENT<<
- London, Kasumi Hourai 5 day workshop
(August 2015)

FILM / TV

- All Flags Are Grey, Bare Bones - music video
– ‘The Pleasure of Rope’ – feature length documentary
– Cradle of Filth, Right Wing of the Garden Triptych – music video
– The Melodic – music video
– Jagga, Love the Pain – music video
– ‘Suitably Rewarded’: a short film collaboration with Disappointed Virginity
– ‘A Special form of Denial’: a film by Disappointed Virginity
– Fetisch Park – Music Video
– Documentary for french-speaking Canadian TV on artistic representation of body image
– Channel 4 – Body Shocking Show.

EDITORIAL, BOOKS & COMMERCIAL

- Rollacoaster Magazine / Fall-Winter 2016
- Kinoko Hajime / 10th anniversary book 2016
- Sang Bleu, 2014
– Maniac Club (Japan), January 2012
– Hustler’s ‘Taboo’ / Jul – Aug 2014
- 'Girls that Glitter love the dark' (Karolina Laskowska lookbook)
– Von Gutenberg magazine, Issue 3 (8 page editorial feature for Libertinesque)
– Feigenblatt Magazin, Issue 17 (editorial – China Hamilton)
– DUSTY Magazine, Issue 6, May 2013.
– //SLANG Magazine, Issue 10, December 2012 (editorial for Karolina Lakowska lingerie)
– SKIN. Magazine, The Dorsia Issue. Issue 3, August 2012 (editorial – Twitchet)
– Fet-X Magazine Issue 3 (editorial – China Hamilton)
– Sicky Magazine, July 2012
– Bernadinism Magazine #2 Spring Issue, 4 full pages.
– Nocturnal Magazine, March 2010
– Karolina Laskowska lingerie 'Girls that glitter love the dark' collection
- CD Album Cover ‘The Reins of Life’ by Lark Blames
– ‘Kinky Nature’ (Emma Delves-Broughton)
– ‘What Katie Did’ (Collection 7).
– ‘Gratuitous Sex and Violence – My Favourites’ (Alva Bernadine)
– ‘Chronicle’ (Mick Waghorne)
– Cover of EPS flyer.
– ‘Katie Kelly’s Pillow Book’: (EPS; Marian Alonso)

EXHIBITIONS

– Sh!, London (2011)
– ‘The Throne and The Theatre’, Gallery 320, London (2010)
– ‘The Elusive Theatre of Biology’, Pierre Garroudi Gallery, London (2010)
– ‘Three of a Kind’, Soho, London (2009)
– ‘Thus Far…’ (2009)
– Jago Gallery, London (2008)
– Night of the Senses (2008)
– London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage (various)
– Erotica (various)
– Seattle Erotic Art Festival (various)
– Linden House Gallery (various)



>> IMAGE CREDITS (this page): Gestalta, Maxime Borowski, Pierre Estable, Anna Kostina <<
line drawing of girl in ropes