Our work is our response to the fact that
body literacy is an undervalued element in our public discourse
we are movement creates
embodied public spaces
The common denominator of our humanity is our embodiment. So we fill downtown squares with the sound of live heartbeats…We put San Franciscans doing their personal movement practice in store-front windows…We ask professionals to speak about what they do—engineering, teaching, painting—through the lens of the body & movement…We parade through San Francisco handing out Body Literacy questions…We design online body literacy exhibits for shared learning…We Are Movement.
“Everything we do we do through movement”
Embodiment is not a pursuit. Each of us is embodied–all the time. Are you often prompted to sense this, to re-member it, to meet others from & with that awareness? Embodied Public Spaces reconsider, change & vitalize public space by giving the public direct, unexpected experiences of themselves. Such encounters shift the context of how we engage with ourselves, each other & our environment. They bring us into contact with Body literacy: the understanding that our embodiment is a resource for everything we do.
Embodiment is a rare element in modern public spaces. When embodiment is brought into public space, it becomes a resource for greater self & civic engagement, as well as for individual & collective development. How? Having a direct experience of embodiment shifts our perceptions. Where we focus our attention effects not only what we notice, but what we think about what we notice, about the meanings we assign to our perceptions & the actions we then take. Embodied Public Spaces are platforms for social change.
2016 Market Street Prototyping Festival
A collaboration between the SF Planning Department, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Exploratorium & others, we'll be creating a 3-day public space that brings body literacy to Market Street.
Amplifying live heartbeats in public space
Physiologically, listening to someone’s heartbeat has similar effects as looking someone in the eye. By introducing this uniquely intimate human sound—the heartbeat—into the usual mix of sounds heard in public, the experience of space, self and ‘others’ is dramatically altered. These happenings prompt direct experiences of embodiment by first relating outward to someone else’s beat.
CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:
“I really did not believe there are structures in the body that we are not aware of. I thought […]Read More ›
The little boy pictured above ran, stood and sat around in a huge gallery watching painters paint, dancers dance, musicians […]Read More ›
I recently attended a discussion lead by Roberto Gutiérrez Varea at the Red Poppy Art House in the Mission district […]Read More ›