BODY IQ 2021 celebrates Bodies of Cultures, Communities & Places

We are inviting artists, educators and scholars to contribute through workshops, academic presentations, performances and artefacts, lectures, provocations or other alternative formats.

BODY IQ 2021 aims address questions of embodied recovery & revisioning in the context of global ethical, social & ecological crises and change. Somatic practices have moved beyond a field of sensorial, experiential and emancipatory learning into wider educational, therapeutic, artistic and social-justice contexts.  Body IQ Festival recognises the urgent need for meaningful re-embodiment of increasingly digitalised cultural communities in a pandemic and post-pandemic world. 

BODY IQ 2021 offers forum for practice exchange, practice-theory dialogue, debate, experiment, networking, application and articulation of potential for somatic-activisms beyond the field into a diverse range of cultural and social environments. The three-day festival offers workshops, talks, panel-discussions and performances with international presenters. The festival will offer live and online participation and modes of communication in line with codes of safer practice.

// How do we articulate somatic-informed practices as sensitive tools for social and political transformation? 
// How do we address hidden and embodied ideologies, modes of exclusion, oppression and privilege within our growing field? 
// How do we take responsibility for mobilising, activating and organising meaningful ethical embodied interaction in a rapidly changing world? 
// How do we move beyond a historically inscribed ‘whiteness’ of the field towards a making space for global-majority bodies of culture? 
// How can somatic practices contribute toward a re-embodiment of attention and sustainable human interaction with a living world?

// somatic research

// somatic culture & arts

// somatic activism

// somatic community

BODY IQ is a festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating and communicating bodies.
Without embodiment there is no experience – without experience there is no foundation for intelligence or cultural evolution.
BODY IQ offers a platform to generate impulses to access the knowledge, wisdom and potential of the conscious human form in communication and action.

BODY IQ 2021 offers a forum for practice exchange, practice-theory dialogue, debate, experiment, networking, application and articulation of potential for somatic-activisms beyond the field into a diverse range of cultural and social environments. The three-day festival offers workshops, talks, panel-discussions and performances with international presenters. The festival will offer live and online participation and modes of communication in line with codes of safer practice.

BODY IQ Festival has been initiated by Kai Ehrhardt and hosted by Somatische Akademie Berlin in dialogue with international partners since 2015 as a forum for critical engagement with practices of embodiment in socio-political contexts.

Curator team:

// Angela Guerreiro
// Kai Ehrhardt
// Thomas Kampe
// Mäks Roßmöller

Topics include:

// Critical Somatics 
// Somatic Activisms 
// Social Somatics & Applied Somatics 
// Somatics and the creative processes in dance 
// Cultural Somatics and Critical Whiteness 
// Somatic Performance Cultures 
// The Power of Touch in a post-pandemic world 
// Moving Masculinities & Gender 
// De-Colonising the Field 
// De-Centering Whiteness 
// Somatic Education for different Age-Groups 
// Somatics and diverse abilities 
// Re-moving Trauma; Somatics in the Digital Age 
// Intercultural Somatic Networks 
// Eco-Somatics, Post-Humanism & Eco-Crisis 
// Re-Embodiment and/as Re-Empowerment 
// Somatics as micro-activisms in city-environments 
// Theorising Critical Somatic Practices

Presenters Confirmed:

// Adelisa Menghini
// Adesola Akinleye
// Amber Grey
// Ben Spatz
// Carol Swann
// Christa Cocciole
// Funmi Adewole
// Gill Wright Miller
// Glenna Batson
// Heike Kuhlmann
// Intercultural Roots
// Jamie McHugh
// Kai Ehrhardt
// Kate Marsh
// Katja Münker
// Mary Abrams
// Marion Evers
// Martha Eddy
// Melissa Rolnick
// Peter Pleyer
// Rae Johnson
// Royston Maldoom
// Sandra Reeve
// Thomas Kampe
// Tiago Gambogi
more to come soon….

Application:

// Deadline January 31st 2021 
// Feedback from curator team by February 28th 2021
// To apply please fill out this form (link) including a 200 word abstract / proposal and a 200 word biography
// Should you have questions regarding the application please send us an email to: apply@bodyiq.berlin