What is an Embodied Public Space?
Embodied Public Spaces
are spaces that intentionally heighten curiosity about our physical circumstances, and prompt us to explore our own agency in our physical circumstances. We’re excited to incorporate current body-knowledge into our landscape to see how the undeterminable capacity of people and spaces to change each other plays out.
Artist Graham Coreil-Allen created an embodied public space in Baltimore, inviting awareness, play & appropriated movement to a normally pedestrian way of crossing the street.
We intuitively know that walking down a narrow, windy, unpaved path has a different physical, physiological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual effect on each us than walking on a vast city street does, and again when compared to walking where there is no predetermined path. We organize ourselves and our movements, differently. Driving in a car is absolutely different than riding a bike, or being a passenger on a train. Not only is it a different private experience, but our actual interest in each other is changed.
- EACH ONE of us is our own embodied public space. We may rightfully hold aspects of ourselves as private, nonetheless, our interior space does effect our actions, our interactions and it does effect the people around us whether we are aware of it or not. Embodied public spaces intentionally bring that reality into our shared public experiences.
- Embodied Public Spaces are a way of re-orienting our experience of existing urban landscapes.
- Intent, chance and necessity dictate most of our surroundings and experiences— When we creatively incorporate in-depth knowledge about the body, brain and movement to designing public spaces and art, we create spaces that prompt engagement with ourselves and each other, and re-orient us toward our shared experience of embodiment.
- This is different from ergonomics. Ergonomics tell us about what we should be doing mechanically and often asks us make ‘healthier’ movements in order to accommodate a design that has little to do with us. We are seeding curiosity about what you do and feel, the principles underlying your intentional and habitual movements, and what varied choices could lead to. More over, we’re excited to incorporate current body-knowledge into our landscape to see how the undeterminable capacity of people and spaces to change each or the other plays out.
We find that creating embodied public spaces can be done very simply. We’re starting by creating mobile, impermanent spaces that reflect our own capacity for profound change through the refocusing and reorganizing of our attention and awareness. Our first project is the Soundscape of the Human Heart, in which we’re amplifying live heartbeats into public spaces around SF.