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Embodiment and Co-presence: Mindfulness of Virtually Connected Bodies
Dates: Jul 15, 2020 - Aug 05, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Marlon Barrios Solano

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At this time of physical distancing and mediated presence, we will explore mindfulness of the body in relation, within our shared digital spaces. In what ways might virtual space enhance presence, wisdom, compassion, and deep relationship? In what ways can we connect through remote, mediated presence and realize co-presence?

Embodiment is foundational, dynamic, and fluid. Together we will explore mindfulness of the body and the possibilities of cyberspace for interconnection and reciprocity. We will draw on classical Buddhist teachings and practices as well as the contemporary framework of embodied cognition. According to this framework, all our experience and understanding is embodied; embedded in contexts, processes, and relations; enmeshed in the complex, embodied dynamics of causes and conditions; extended beyond the skin; emergent, never predetermined; and enactive, creatively embodying new possibilities. We will playfully investigate mindfulness of the body in relation through sitting, dancing, slow movement, gentle relational games, voice, mindful silence, readings, and dialogue. 

This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. The meetings will be held each Wednesday between July 1 and August 5 from 7:00-8:30 PM EDT.

  • With a background in movement arts, performance studies, cognitive science, and Vipassana/Mindfulness practice, Marlon Barrios Solano investigates the intersections of embodiment, cognition, movement and awareness and their applications to healing, care, knowledge production and art practices. Marlon was a research associate at the Inter-University of Dance/University of The Arts (UDK/HZT) in Berlin (Germany) from 2012 to 2016. He was also a 2017 Hombroich Fellow (Germany) and ICK Amsterdam researcher in residence 2013-14.  Pronouns: He/him/his