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course code: WS563

slaying the invisible man: a take on alexander consciousness

henry fagg, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with henry fagg
tuesday aug 11, 14:00 - 15:00
venue: HSG-022, Health Science Building (ground level)

category:
F alexander principles   O other (science)

In this workshop, I'd like to explore three types of awareness inspired by Dorothée Legrand's philosophical investigation subtitled 'On being bodily in the world'.

The first is the 'invisible body' where the goal of an action becomes all-consuming such that the sense of oneself seems to 'disappear'. I argue that this is brought about by an end-gaining mentality underpinned by ideomotor processes.

The second is the 'opaque body' where an internal focus turns the body and its parts into static objects such that they appear clearly differentiated from their surroundings.

The third is the 'performative body', a pre-reflective awareness which arises out of a holistic map known as the body schema. This awareness is concerned with the whole self in relation to the world, but can nevertheless be brought 'to the front' of one's experience.

I argue that it is this third type of awareness which makes the Alexander Technique possible. I explore how it helps us access the means-whereby and the primary control, and how these Alexandrian terms might relate to the scientific notions of affordances and postural tone.

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