Our work is our response to the fact that

We think body knowledge is missing from our public discourse

 

 

 

 

we are movement creates

embodied public spaces

So we fill downtown squares with the sound of live heartbeatsWe put San Franciscans doing their personal movement practice in store-front windowsWe ask professionals to speak about what they do—engineering, teaching, painting—through the lens of the body & movementWe 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”
-Twyla Tharp

 

Embodiment is not a pursuit. We are embodied, period. Embodied Public Spaces reconsider, change & vitalize public space by giving the public direct, unexpected experiences of themselves. Such encounters shift the context of where & when we normally learn about our bodies, as well as 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; as such, our personal presence is often a ‘limited presence’ while in public. When embodiment is brought into public space, we have support for greater self and civic engagement, as well as our individual & collective development. How? Having a direct experience of embodiment shifts our perceptions. Where our attention begins and where it is focused 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.

public radio = public space

Broadcasting live heartbeats on San Francisco public radio

Imagine turning the dial & hearing a sound that’s instantly recognizable, but it’s so out of context that your curiosity is piqued. As you listen, you become more aware of your own heartbeat. Perhaps you start to feel it. Unexpectedly, you’re suddenly sharing a profound sense of self that was prompted by listening to a sound of our shared humanity. And it took less than a minute.

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CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:

Practice Gallery & Lecture Series

Practice Gallery & Lecture Series

We asked people from varied fields to share their work with the public through the lens of the body & movement. Participants included, a NASA robotics engineer, a violinist, a public speaker on education reform, a professor of applied sciences, a yoga instructor, and others. We set up “The Practice Gallery,” a storefront in which people shared their private movement practices in view of the public...

Heartbeat Soundscapes

Heartbeat Soundscapes

In April of 2014 we miked four people with amplified stethoscopes and situated them along the sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, making their live heartbeats audible to the public. By introducing a uniquely intimate human sound—the heartbeat—into the usual mix of sounds heard at a downtown intersection, public space was dramatically altered; people walking by experienced an unexpected sensory shift. 

Explore: Our online Body Literacy Exhibit

Explore: Our online Body Literacy Exhibit

Get a ‘taste’ of body literacy by exploring this ongoing virtual exhibit. What do we mean that old ideas about the body need to be discarded? Which ideas? What do we mean ‘embodiment?!’ What do you know about fascia? Read, watch videos, look at pictures & move through tutorials on varied body literacy topics. This is an ongoing exhibit that's being added to each week!

Body Literacy Survey (coming soon!)

Body Literacy Survey (coming soon!)

Help us find out how 'body literate' we are! We're stating a lot on these pages! It comes from years of study, practice, teaching and discussion in anatomy, physiology, yoga, structural integration, science and more. We're at the stage where we'd like to conduct our own research and use that information to help shape our work, as well as help to fund it. Check back soon for a link to the survey.

Clock Tower Soundscapes

Clock Tower Soundscapes

We had the opportunity to spend the month of July in Istanbul. We observed public space & looked for examples of EPS. The most profound example was not something to be looked for, but heard—in the call to prayer. The human voice in song is an embodied sound that, by being amplified throughout the city (& country) 5 times a day, regularly transforms all city space into embodied public spaces...

Have you Experienced an Embodied Public Space?

Have you Experienced an Embodied Public Space?

Part of the joy of this work is to connect with others who are working creatively to bring body literacy into the public realm. Here we highlight examples of embodied public spaces from around the globe, as well as artwork & projects that exemplify ideas of body literacy. Have you experienced a public space or project that makes you feel 'more' embodied? Tell us about it!

Articles

Revistiting our San Francisco Practice Gallery~ Videos of public art & movement in motion!

Visual artist & somatic educator Rebecca Haseltine shared her personal movement practice in view of the public during our 2012 […]

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Why the heartbeat in public space?

“…She may again make herself visible by bringing back the power of perceptibility.”  -The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 3.21, as […]

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To Retire Old Ideas: Relevance of Embodied Public Spaces

In a recent post on Washington Post’s Know More blog, they sited a video that edge.com made asking prominent scientists […]

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PERFORMANCE ART & SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Embodied public spaces offer direct experiences of: Physiological Safety, Using Body Literacy as a Critical Lens, Live Sound, Living Spaces, […]

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