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; 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.
CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS:
Visual artist & somatic educator Rebecca Haseltine shared her personal movement practice in view of the public during our 2012 […]Read More ›
“…She may again make herself visible by bringing back the power of perceptibility.” -The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 3.21, as […]Read More ›
In a recent post on Washington Post’s Know More blog, they sited a video that edge.com made asking prominent scientists […]Read More ›