I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück.
The working title of my PhD thesis is: “The moving body as subjectively experienced, experimented with, explored, and cultivated in somatic movement practices”. Based on a phenomenological and embodied approach, I investigate the interplay of intention, imagery and somatic awareness during deliberate & attentive practice, and how continuous practice leads to reorganization of movement perception and control.
I practice Tàijíquán since 2007, and am currently finishing my instructor’s training at Tai Chi Schule Osnabrück, with my teacher Hella Ebel.
From 1998 to 2004 I studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, which was a formative experience. One of my later art pieces there, “Partitur eines Bewegungstheaters”, was a rhythmically organized, Dada-esque assembly of sketches, each of which moved me in an odd or strange way.
“What makes me move”, my very own examination of free will and artistic decisions, resulted in paintings like the one below (Dschörmänie, 2002), were every single stroke was based on a long (hours), meditative decision process and investigation into “why the heck does this stroke come to my mind?” and “could I do it another way”? Admittedly, the resulting painting is not that impressive – all interesting fuzz was happening during the decision making process.