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 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. 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. 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.
Amplifying live heartbeats in public space
By introducing a 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. Physiologically, listening to someone’s heartbeat has similar effects as looking someone in the eye. These happenings prompt direct experiences of embodiment by first relating outward to someone else’s beat.
CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:
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 ›
“Essentially many of my questions about public space fall under one question: is this a healthy space? What I mean by […]Read More ›
Visual artist & somatic educator Rebecca Haseltine shared her personal movement practice in view of the public during our 2012 […]Read More ›