In the upcoming Body Mapping Lab we want to focus on the creation process of a movement and embodied research. Over nine days we will execute several performance and somatic practices on different locations inside and outside of Teufelsberg. In addition to that, we will develop a type of research diary based on a selection of texts and as well on our experiences and thoughts. Starting point of our daily activities will be the S-Bahn Station Grunewald from where we will explore different walks up to Teufelsberg (the 3,0 kilometres walk takes around 30 minutes). Once we are there, we will spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves into the program which is dedicated to the following topic areas: 

 

>> Performative Ethnography / Anja Schwanhäußer (Guest: Richard Rabensaat) 

The first part of the program addresses the unique history, and especially the legacy of the former Field Station Berlin. Therefore we will work with some ethnographic means by observing, tracing and collecting the movements, habits and behaviours of those who not only visit this popular touristic site, but also partially inhabit it (for example the graffiti sprayers and staff). Furthermore, we will design a type of sensitive cartography that draws upon the following questions: How can we challenge and redefine the notion of legacy? Which ethnographic and performative strategies can we apply to engage with the history (or progress) of a place? To what extend does a place such as Teufelsberg change individual research and artistic process? 

 

>> Environmental Performance / Minja Mertanen (Guest: Kathrin Scheurich) 

The second part of the program is dedicated to the discovery of the rich biodiversity of the so called Grunewald (which is the biggest forest in Berlin). On the one hand, we will explore specific qualities of some existing (or elapsed) species of this forest and on the other, we will deal with the idea of embodying living & non living entities. Therefore we want to inquire: How can we create, subvert or transcend our own bodily language in relation to the topic of biodiversity? What can we learn from the behaviour- and movement patterns of certain species? To what extend can this type of performance practice enhance the environmental awareness? 

 

>> Affective Performance / Nathalie Fari & Petterson Costa  (Guest: to be announced) 

The third and last part of the program embraces the inter-relationship between the body and space by dealing with the subject of affect. We will execute certain somatic practices in order to gain a deeper understanding of how a place such as Teufelsberg can be experienced or embodied. It isn’t only about the perspective of how the body connects to the space trough external conditions, inner states of being or the presence of the other, but also how the body affects the space. Therefore our main questions are: How do affects (or emotions) arise during a particular movement, action or performative moment? How can we translate a cognitive experience into a bodily language? Which role plays the subjectivity of the body (and mind) in such a spatial practice? 

At the core of all these topic areas, and especially ways of inquiring the links between the notions of embodiment and site specificity, lies not only the intensive exchange and collaboration between the participants, the teaching-team and the environment of Teufelsberg, but also the design of a final performance (or research outcome) to be presented on the last day of the Lab. 

 

Who is this Lab aimed at?  

Performing arts- practitioners and researchers who are interested in deepening the understanding of an embodied performance practice. The Lab is also directed at bodyworkers, pedagogues, art-therapists, urban researchers, architects and members of general public who are interested in training their relationship between the body and space.

 

 What this Lab promotes: 

  • Empowerment of the social and communication skills trough the strengthening of collaborative work.  
  • Deepening of bodily and environmental awareness trough the activation of physical and intellectual resources.
  • Development of one’s bodily- language and expression trough the experience of solo and group improvisations (or interventions). 
  • Fostering of the research procedure trough the support of one’s topics and inquiries.  

 

Contents in General: 

  • Foundations in site specific performance 
  • Performative and ethnographic strategies in urban and natural environments  
  • Methodologies in embodied research   
  • Basic principles in somatics (martial arts, yoga, 5 rhythms) 
  • Improvisation and intervention  
  • Documentation skills and research tools 
  • Individual- and group critical reflection 

 

 

The detailed schedule will be announced soon!!!