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Body Democracy  //  Democratic Body

BODY IQ is a festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating bodies. Without the body there is no experience and without experience there is no ground for intelligence.

It is a festival of and by the conscious body - ensuring discovery, exchange and unexpected synergies.


About 20 international experts, artists and teachers gather distinctions and commonalities of somatic approaches, then disseminate them into a wide spectrum of applications, penetrating - from arts to healing to politics - many domains of human activity.


BODY IQ aspires to be a platform that generates impulses for the knowledge, wisdom and wonder of the conscious, human form.

somatic research
somatic reflection
somatic application


How can the resonant, conscious body support the unfolding of trust, flow and agency for collective communication and decision-making?

In this third edition of BODY IQ we will continue our “Collective Body” focus from 2016 and investigate the political relevance of somatic learning and body intelligence.
Leading questions will be:


     Can somatics support relatedness across different collectives despite different values and opinions?


     Can somatics help preserve the ability to stay related within crisis, destabilization or dissolution?


     How can the physical, sensory experience of ourselves support us in managing difficult emotional states like fear, despair or rage?


Current global develpments are marked by a shift of collective, social, economic and political agreements and values. Within that situation vulnerabilities arise for many people, which can lead to more restrictive and fear-based assumptions and actions. What appears to be needed are new cultures of communication, interrelation and a cross-functioning of micro and macro collectives.


BODY IQ Festival 2017 is asking how can somatic approaches foster social intelligence and agency via body intelligence and sensory awareness? All creatures on earth exist as and within the same physical forces. Could relating to that provide a least common denominator that perhaps could be less exploited for power and oppression?  


Emphasizing physical sensations can reconnect with the here and now which stabilizes the system, grows trust and stimulates tolerance for diversity, relativity, relationality and flux.


BODY IQ Festival 2017 re-affirms democracy, democratic partnership and democratic participation with and through somatic learning - by helping people reclaim the sovereignty over their own attention and by visualising an intelligent and adaptive network of micro-macro relations and development.

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