Practicing Theory through the Body at MIME Centrum Berlin

In this 2-day activation hosted at the MIME Centrum in Berlin, we’ve explored the notions of non-equilibrium stability using the body as a vessel to study complex systems metaphors.

The format of the session was a combination of physical and theoretical work. We used scientific research and visualizations as an inspiration in order to then explore and develop the ideas further using physical movement. A theoretical presentation would be followed by physical movement experiments, followed by a discussion and feedback rounds, developing the theory further and going back into practice. This was the unique element of the approach where we practice the theory through the body, learning the new interesting ways to activate those ideas on the unconscious level, into the body.

We’ve developed both individual and group exercises that allowed the participants to represent and explore multiple concepts from physics and thermodynamics using physical movement. We also worked on the idea of chaotic variability, its representation in physical movement, and its effects both on the systems of the body and on the group dynamics in general. We also explored the links between non-equilibrium variability and adaptivity and applications of those concepts in concrete situations.

More information is available on the EightOS website.

Photos from the session are made by Nailya Bikmurzina