The weight of an idea...

Shape~Shifting from maricarmen sierra on Vimeo.

Through this interpretive dance, Maricarmen uses rhythm and movement to talk about our perception of time, presence and future realities. This piece on embodied philosophy tries to provoke a non-linguistic discourse on the dilemmas of our networked digital identities.

Prompted to find harmony, we honor the legacy of the past inside of us, and try to embody the paradoxical polarities of our being. We engage in a collective temporal distortion to attend the multifaceted potentialities of our future self.

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The water is loaded with more salt than the Dead Sea, and both air and water are kept at skin temperature, so that as you float it is hard to say where body ends and environment begins. Once the lights are off, the darkness is total. The tank offers a reduced sensory experience as close to nothingness as you can get.


"You’ll hear things that you don’t normally hear,” Zeiger had said as he prepped me in his living room. “Your heart beat, your blood flow. A lot of people report hearing a quiet, high-pitched whine, which is your nervous system.”


Some subjects report powerful emotional experiences, as in a particularly intense session of psychotherapy, and nearly all subjects report greater relaxation and an elevated mood after floating.


Postcards from the Edge of Consciousness – fantastic Nautilus essay on sensory deprivation by Meehan Crist.

John Cage, unsurprisingly, was a fan of sensory deprivation chambers. 

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Water. Sensory depravation

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The film reflects the invisible inner world of an individual, which owns a small universe in itself, created by experiences and feelings - as well in the digital world as in real life. We try to express ourselves and approach our world another being, but still, nobody can see in our souls entirely.

For me, the process of scanning is a very important part of this work itself. 
The idea of digitising a body and hence the creation and deformation of its computer generated self, reflects the digital world we live in today. We create an alternative world, in which everybody can be what they want to be. In some way, it resembles to an act of creation.
We never stop building more worlds for ourselves, even though there are already various ones encircling us, that we don’t even understand yet. 
Each universe encloses another, which creates a new one, and the world next to us still seems far away. And so we look into infinity again, which inevitably surrounds us.

Concept & Animation by
Dmitry Zakharov


sound by 
Nils Frahm - Me ( Karsten Lutz Rework )


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Smell affects our being. Gorgeous short story about a perfumist looking for the perfect scent.

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Four levels of attention to co-create better futures in groups settings. To innovate at the scale of the whole system we need to develop greater capacities to relate to each other, to listen and to share from our authentic Self. Here, Arawana Hayashi, from the Presencing Institute explains the Theory U model to shift from a selfish, superficial and polite kind of listening, to foster an open mind, open heart and open will.

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The four distractions of authentic leadership: past, future, me, them mentalities.
Here, Otto Scharmer gives a lecture on the field of operating in the Nowness to tap into authentic leadership, from a point of truly engaging with emergence.

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“ We humans get just the five. But why? Can our senses be modified? Expanded? Given the right prosthetics, could we feel electromagnetic fields or hear ultrasound? The answers to these questions, according to researchers at a handful of labs around the world, appear to be yes. ”

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"The senses connected". Inspiration for the next Sensorium, a morning of sensory delight and thought provoking questions. 


Drawings by Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp’s intricate hand drawn pen and ink style is influenced by European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th to 18th centuries. Her tight cross hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.

Most of Olivia’s content explores the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance. Her current body of work uses the head and heart as contrasting characters in an on going story.

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“ Women today inhabit a transitional historical moment. We have tremendous new freedoms and new opportunities, but the legacy of a very different past is around us and inside us. Learning to respond to praise and criticism — without getting hooked by it — is for most of us, a necessary rite of passage. ”

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¨I was caught up in the movement not just of the dancing body in front of me, but also of my own body.

We generally say that movement takes place in space, and we regard it as a transition from one position to another. The way we speak of motion, how we mentally represent and communicate it, often confuses it with space. Our memory and verbal language operate by turning movement into an object of perception: homogeneous and divisible into structural, formal, of other kinds of unit for that matter, projected as points in space. This kind of perception excludes time in the sense of how time proceeds in movement.

The process by which the moving body passes from one position to the other, however, eludes space. Dance affirmed this inversion: it made movement emerge out of duration, a multiplicity of co-existing durations, and it suspended the importance of space as the visual parameter of movement.

The movement in Dance made time pass differently in such a way that attending analytically to parts of a movement structure as if it were a homogeneous object would completely miss that which propelled the movement: the change itself.¨

Kinaesthetic Wonders. Check it out with me
I hope you feel the same way, too
By Bojana Cvejic on Dance (Practicable) by Frédéric Gies

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