This conference assembled a whole lot of people who work with and make progress concerning methodological issues in phenomenology and first-person observation, not shying away to use the word “introspection”, and to fill it with life. Many approaches were based on Claire Petitmengin’s “explicitation interview” and micro-phenomenology.
I presented a poster, which was just the next step of mine to develop a framework of practicing somatic movement, to be published soon.
In spring 2019 I gave a Feldenkrais course based on Thomas Hanna’s book “Somatics. Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health” as part of the “Gesundheitszertifikat” at the University of Osnabrück. Hanna assembled a classic selection of Feldenkrais Awareness-Through-Movement (ATM) lessons combined with a concept of the main lines along which the body organizes itself in daily movement (i.e., somatic functions): extending, bending, reaching, turning, orienting.
What is aesthetically pleasing? Public perception changes, and while external forms are still thrilling (see the usual activities promoted e.g. by the Red Bull sports “circus”), other circus artists develop performances which move me deeply, only because I feel with them. Not the danger, not the difficulty of the tricks … but their play with the experience of the moving body. Internal martial arts like Taijiquan have a long tradition of cultivating the sense of the moving body, not the least because of the effectiveness of this practice. Nowadays, “internal arts” have become object of aesthetic appreciation, or what Richard Shusterman aptly called “somaesthetics“.
Beautiful examples shows this short ARTE video: A trampolinist indulging in the experience of the mid-air turning point, a trapezist sensing and playing with the shifts of gravity in her body, an equilibrist enjoying the play with balance.