Photo by Daniel Schäfer

The Body Mapping Lab aims to generate a spatial-physical and immediate experience that enhances not only the awareness of one’s own body, but also of the environment. It explores the notion of embodiment, by applying different methodologies and ways of doing research with, through and within the body. More then ever, the principles of embodiment are used on the one hand, to bring the body more fully into the process, especially towards its inner experiences and knowledge. On the other, these same principles are used to transform one’s own movement (and thinking) patters and to create change in the ways the body perceives and encounters a specific environment.

How can the embodiment be envisioned and experienced through the perspective of an environment? How can the body exercise and perform its skills to relate to an environment? And what role plays the notion of site specificity in such an embodied research practice?

The Body Mapping Lab examines these questions by focusing on the design of nomadic and rather site responsive programs based on the interrelationship between the body and space. It applies different bodily techniques and performative approaches by activating a variety of communication processes that enable the participant to engage socially and locally. In doing so, the participant has the chance to learn about the qualities and characteristics of some movement- and somatic practices which can be described as „feelingly-thinking“. Consequently, the participant will not only be trained in its senses and expression, but also in its competency to be attentive to one’s own environment.

To summarise: the Body Mapping Lab is about the unfolding of an embodied and performative act and about the immersion into a body-to-environment and body-to-body relation.

The body gives structure and shape to kinds of relations we can have to the world around us; the world shows up for us thanks to our bodily ability to coordinate our relation to it.
— Alva Noë, Out of Our Heads