wideThinking: Body and Movement
The human body has been subjected to all kinds of Conventional Thinking 'abuse'. Descartes set in motion the whole idea of the body as inert object, facilitating the needs and desires of the mind. With the advent of two distinct disciplines - phenomenology and somatics - attention shifted to valuing the subjective experience of the body and our experience in the body. But, in both cases, little attention was paid to the body in its social, cultural and environmental context.
These and other approaches are described in Nine Ways of Seeing a Body.
wideThinking when applied to the body in movement is a slightly problematic idea. Our authors clearly advocate thinking differently about the body - thinking about it in the context of the environment and of other bodies, thinking of it as 'among' rather than 'at the centre of'; no longer thinking of it as a separate entity from the mind; no longer thinking of it as object or as an object.
But the central problem often emerges from thinking about the body in movement at all. Perceiving, registering or simply moving the moving body can all be more appropriate approaches. Two books on the body and movement highlight movement as the 'skill of skills' and pave the way for additional titles in 2014: Embodied Lives is about the work of Javanese movement artist Suprapto Suryodarmo and Attending to Movement collects chapters from speakers at the 2013 conference of the same name.
Follow the links below to Triarchy publications in this field. Articles and Idioticon entries are available to read online, free of charge: