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 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. 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.

 

BODY LITERACY PLAYGROUND // SF 2016 PROTOTYPING FESTIVAL

heartbeat soundscapes

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.  

 Heartbeat soundscapes: find out more

 Read about OUR headphone SOUNDSCAPE | SF 

CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:

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. 

Our Online Body Literacy Exhibit

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!

Embodied Work Around the Globe

Embodied Work Around the Globe

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!

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...

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

On a trip to Istanbul we experienced a most profound example of an embodied public space—the call to prayer. While impossible to divorce ourselves from the complicated & challenging implications of its meaning, as well as its means, the human voice in song, amplified throughout the city, (& country) 5 times a day, regularly transforms all public (& most private) space into embodied spaces. Read how this inspired us.

Articles

"I thought the body had been mapped..." (Or--Body Literacy Wake-Up Call!)

  “I really did not believe there are structures in the body that we are not aware of. I thought […]

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Bluetooth Headphone Soundscapes

The little boy pictured above ran, stood and sat around in a huge gallery watching painters paint, dancers dance, musicians […]

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Art & Peace-Making Through the Lens of Embodiment

I recently attended a discussion lead by Roberto Gutiérrez Varea at the Red Poppy Art House in the Mission district […]

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Interview on Mutiny Radio's Women's Magazine

      “Essentially many of my questions about public space fall under one question: is this a healthy space? What I mean by […]

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