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BODY IQ 2021 celebrates Bodies of Cultures, Communities & Places​

BODY IQ Festival 2021 aims to 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 Festival 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.

// How do we articulate somatic-informed practices as sensitive tools for social and political 

// 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 Festival 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 Festival offers a platform to generate impulses to access the knowledge, wisdom and potential of the conscious human form in communication and action.

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.


The title of BODY IQ Festival 2021 has been inspired by the term Bodies of cultures, coined by Resmaa Menekem, Healer, Trauma Specialist and Author of the book 'My Grandmother's Hands’ (2017). His ground breaking work raises our awareness of the somatic sources of racial trauma. It suggests that the power for change is to be found in our bodies, and how our brains have been wired through centuries. It refers to white-body supremacy which through colonialist European oppression still impacts our daily life today, and how black, brown, POC bodies are being perceived. Menekem also coined the inspiring term Somatic Abolitionism as an emergent 'living, embodied anti-racist practice and cultural building —a way of being in the world’.

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
// Alex Boyd
// Alexander Hahne
// Amanda Hunt
// Amber E. Gray
// Amelie Gaulier
// Andrea Haenggi
// Andrea Keiz
// Angela Guerreiro
// Anja Bettenhäuser
// Ann Lenore Moradian
// Anna Novikov
// Bea Carolina Remark
// Ben Spatz
// Bev Butkow
// Britta Wirthmüller
// Camille Barton
// Carol Swann
// Catalina Hernandez-Cabal
// Celia Weiss Bambara
// Chloe Bradwell
// Christa Cocciole
// Christina Petersen
// Christina Cladwell
// Christine Linnea Borch
// Colleen Bartley
// Corinna Eikmeier
// David Bloom
// David Ka-Nang Leung
// Débora Oliveira
// Dieter Rehberg
// Dr. Andrea Macie
// Dr. Claudia Kappenberg
// Dr. Jane Turner
// Dr. Kene Igweonu
// E. E. Balcos
// Eugenia S. Kim
// Eve Bonneau
// Fabianna Marcadante
// Felix Arend
// Florian Filtzinger
// Franka Rauch
// Fummi Adewole
// Gabriella Zeno
// Gal Naor
// Gill Wright Miller
// Glenna Batson
// Grupo Oito
// Heike Kuhlmann
// Ingo Reulecke
// IV Castellanos
// Iwona Wojnicka
// Jamie McHugh
// Janina Rohlik
// Joani Groenewald
// Johannes Birringer
// John D’arcy
// Joseph Appleton
// Kai Ehrhardt
// Kamogelo Molobye
// Katja Munker
// Laura Colomban
// Liz Erber
// Lydia Halcrow
// Mäks Roßmöller
// Manuela Albrecht
// Marion Evers
// Martha Cuffy
// Martha Eddy
// Mary Abrams
// Maud Lannen
// Melissa C. Rolnick
// Minou Tsambika Polleros
// Mira Hirtz
// Miriam Seamoon
// Natalie Espinel
// Nicole Binder
// Nino Mar Seliz
// Nita Little
// Nobantu Shabangu
// Oladele Ayorinde
// Olive Bieringa
// Orly Noa Rabinyan
// Paula Guzzanti
// Pedro Henrique Risse
// Peilin Liang
// Peter Pleyer
// Petrta Kuppers
// Physical ArtHouse
// Prof. Pelin Celik
// Prof. Thomas Kampe
// Puma Höflich
// Raimund Rosarius
// Ricardo de Paula
// Richard S. White
// Royston Maldoom
// Sabrina Benhamouche
// Sandra Golding
// Sandra Reeve
// Sarah Barnaby
// Sarah J. Locke
// Satu Palokangas
// Shelley Etkin
// Simon Rose
// Simonetta Alessandri
// Stephanie Hanna
// Sue Hall
// Susan Sentler
// Tania Solomonoff
// Thomas Körtvélyessy
// Tiago Gambogi
// Torsten Konrad
// Uhuru Phalafala
// Uwe Janschke
// Valentin Kannicht
// Vanessa Grasse
// Veronika Sifter
// Veronique Benei
// Virginia Farman
// Wiktor Skrzypczak

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