Steve paxton and the re-search of the aesthetic

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on January 14, 2011 with No comments

Critical theory’s interest in art is primarily as a source of the ideological underpinnings of an oppressive social order. Affirmative culture is the sanctified ‘museal’ ar…

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Therapy for the jaded

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on January 13, 2011 with No comments

I just realised that I don’t have any videos of Contact Improvisation and this one is just so inspiring. It’s rare to find decent pieces of this calibre. Filming dance is not a…

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Alain de Botton gives a secular sermon on pessimism

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on December 24, 2010 with No comments

Alain De Botton explains on the Monocle Weekly podcast that university education does not make you a nicer person. Here in a School of Life “secular sermon” he finds Anthony Robb…

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Slavoj Zizek’s discusses the connection between Star Wars, Western Buddhism and virtual capitalism

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on December 13, 2010 with No comments

“Nothing is more oppressive and regulated than being a simple hedonist … ” says Zizek in this talk “God Without the Sacred” at New York Public Library. No scie…

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Therapy through dance: Argentine Tango

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on December 9, 2010 with No comments

Tango Therapy is a system integrated with Biodanza (see below), whereby the music and practice are integrated with therapy to promote motivational and experiential dances so as to allow diag…

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Therapy and art in dance improvisation

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on November 30, 2010 with No comments

Contact improvisation as a very open-ended practice has a range of expressions and there are a variety of attitudes to doing CI. I personally have not been to that many jams and already have…

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Merleau-Ponty: Psychoanalysis and the body

Posted by Tom on October 30, 2010 with No comments

I have earlier discussed the different way in which sexuality is located within psychoanalysis on the one hand, and somatics (and pragmatism) on the other. I pointed out that from Alexander …

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Hanna’s Primer In Somatics: Much Chutzpah

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on October 29, 2010 with 1 comment

My review on Amazon of Thomas Hanna Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking (1970) I had high expectations for this book but have major buyer’s remorse. The writing is new-agish…

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Somaesthetics and ritual arts

Posted by Tom on September 30, 2010 with No comments

Aesthetics has been been typically concerned with interpretation, typically of texts. The focus on aesthetic experience as a particular species of experience in the appreciation of art is in…

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Somaesthetics: pragmatic or critical

Posted by Tom on September 20, 2009 with Comments Off

Somaesthetics is a disciplinary proposal by Richard Shusterman that considers aesthetic experience in terms of the body drawing on the ‘somatic’ conception of the latter. There a…

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Transformational potential of body practices

Posted by Tom on September 20, 2009 with Comments Off

Body and movement practices or therapies claim to be liberatory and transformative in a political sense. An example here is Somaterapia, an ‘anarchist therapy’. This leads one to…

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The experience of flow and the transformation of consciousness

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on September 12, 2009 with No comments

A central theme in the writings of Herbert Marcuse is the idea that philosophy’s concern with truth and freedom is fundamentally due to its interest in human happiness, and that theref…

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Somatic body practices and critical social theory

Posted by Tom Tabaczynski on October 11, 2007 with 5 comments

While somatic education is connected to psychoanalysis through disciplines such as body psychotherapy, it is much more closely connected to pragmatist philosophy. This limits how far it can …

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