course code: PD4
the embodied mind project: building a global dialogue between at teachers and researchers
with rachel zahn
thu aug 13, 16:30 - 18:00
venue: University Concert Hall, Foundation Building
The Embodied Mind Project and its AT teaching team have broken barriers in the fields of cognitive science, philosophy, robotics, and other scientific realms. Enabling the continuation of a global “Embodied Mind” conversation involves a call for each of us to explore ways we might bring an aspect of this research and exploration to our local community and area of interest or expertise. These are the pertinent questions:
- Where does the FM Alexander Technique fit in the context of current fields of knowledge?
- Why is this question important to the future of our AT work?
Rachel Zahn will present an overview of the evolution of an idea that began in at the AT Congress at Oxford in 2004, developed into a proposed interdisciplinary experiment in Lugano 2011, was realized at CREA, École Polytechnique in 2012, as a film in 2013, and a 5 day residential collaboration between the AT team and PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in 2013. She will give you a summary of the results, the financial costs of the two experiments and a clear vision of the project’s future.
Members of the AT teaching team who participated in the CREA or PERCRO phases of the project will surprise you with their individual experience working in the interdisciplinary environment and will report on more recent individual project developments. Then the EMP team will engage with you in smaller groups to explore how AT teachers can take action and contribute to this global dialogue regarding embodiment research. You will be invited to participate in a brain-storming session with AT members of the Embodied Mind Project as we continue to develop and deepen the dialogue between teachers of the Alexander Technique and researchers around the world who share our interest in the embodied nature of lived experience.