Photo by Daniel Schäfer

The Body Mapping Lab aims to generate lived, authentic and immediate experiences that enhances our perception and awareness of not only the body, but also of the environment. Therefore, it explores the notion of embodiment by applying different methodologies and ways of doing research with, through and within the body. More than ever, the principles of embodiment are used to bring the body more fully into the process, especially towards its inner experiences and knowledge. Beside that, these same principles are accepted also to transform organisations and to create change in communities. 

But how can the embodiment be envisioned and experienced through the perspective of the 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 practice?

The Body Mapping Lab examines these questions by focusing on the design of intensive programs based on the inter-relationship between the body and space. It applies different body techniques and performative approaches by activating an internal and external communication process that enables 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 ones environment.

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

Agency emerges as a result of embodiment, of possessing a body that moves and feels.
— Carrie Noland, Agency & Embodiment
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