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embodied public spaces

Embodiment is not a pursuit—it’s a resource. Each of us is embodied, all the time. Our external environments—our cities, our public spaces—are constantly informing our internal states. Likewise our internal states—our embodiment—inform our relationship to place, each other & our actions. It’s a constant, dynamic dichotomy, a valuable aspect to consider as cities worldwide adapt & plan for their inevitable growth.

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

 

Embodied Public Spaces reconsider, change & vitalize public space by giving the public direct, unexpected experiences of themselves. Imagine hearing a live heartbeat on a busy downtown street or happening upon a bench where you can lay with your legs toward the sky. Such encounters shift the context of how we engage with each other & our environment. They bring us into contact with Body Literacy: the understanding that our embodiment is a resource for everything we do.

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.

 

LIVABLE BODY LIVABLE CITY // MSPF 2016

CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:

Livable Body Livable City

Livable Body Livable City

October 6-8th we’ll be bringing body literacy to Market St.This embodied public space offers interactive ways for the public to experience their body, mind & senses in a totally new ways. By encouraging varied postures & positions, offering cutting edge knowledge about fascia, interoception & more, along with a few surprise elements, we aim to bring body literacy into public discourse.

Body Literacy Survey // Add your voice!!

Body Literacy Survey // Add your voice!!

‘Literacy' is a term being used more & more in the somatic world. Where are we really when it comes to our own knowledge & experience, in our own understanding of how our own embodiment informs our choices & beliefs? How does that relate to public space? Your individual responses could be incorporated into Livable Body Livable City!

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!

Heartbeat Soundscapes

Heartbeat Soundscapes

We amplified live heartbeats on the sidewalk of downtown SF, making them audible to the public. By introducing a uniquely intimate human sound—the heartbeat—into the usual mix of sounds at a busy intersection, public space was dramatically altered; people walking by experienced an unexpected sensory shift. We continue to bring variations of this project to public space.

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...

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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