Cultures Beneath Cultures
11:30 - 13:00
The extend of our physiological and cultural embeddedness across history and nature, the constant enacting, engaging and exchange between body, self and environment, their impact on perception, cognition, learning, identity and relating are being more and more recognized and studied. The body is a prerequistie for culture but also a result of cultural dynamics, which is a fascinating subject to explore and contemplate.
One question that could arise is: are there reservoirs alive in us that are pre-culture, that perhaps help to shed culture and connect us to the fundamental, physiological and fluid dynamics of life as it underlies human cognition, identity and history? Does this place exist? Can it be tasted? And if so, could it impact us not by deleting what we have experienced but by digesting and integrating and by allowing it to be dissolved into our undifferentiated origins.
We will use the somatic practice of Continuum to dive deep and explore these questions.
Art: What Lies Beneath by Gunjan Kumar
Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, Breath Therapist/based on the work developed by Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Continuum Teacher and Heilpraktiker (Psychotherapy).
"I had the honor and privilege to learn from the two founders Prof. Ilse Middendorf (Perceptible Breath / Erfahrbarer Atem) and Emilie Conrad (Continuum) and I am pleased to be able to pass on this work." Since 2012, Kai has been developing professional trainings at the Somatic Academy as well as programs dedicated to the application of Somatics in everyday life. He has been a co-curator of the Body IQ festival since 2015. Since 2003, he has developed the approach "Authentic Eros", which integrates - as a somatic application - bodywork, relationship communication and group-dynamic processes in the area of personal and interpersonal development. He is a member of the professional associations Atem, Continuum and ISMETA.