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.

“Everything we do we do through movement”
-Twyla Tharp

 

Embodied Public Spaces that make tangible principals which have become products and trends—‘mind-body connection’ ‘wellness’ ‘engagement’ ‘stress-management’—& place them in public space instead of in the private sector. The public has direct, unexpected experiences of embodiment, while public space is reconsidered, changed & vitalized.

public radio = public space

Broadcasting live heartbeats on San Francisco public radio

The blending of private and public experience that public radio offers is a perfect frame for bringing something so personal—THE HEARTBEAT—into public auditory space. 

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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. 

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!

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.

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!

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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