First EXPO-INSTALLATION of our project “POP-UP SOMATIC ARCHITECTURE” in HAMBURG. It will be at the HafenCity Universität, in May the 15th. The installation, about our research in anthropology of the senses, will be accompanied by the performative-lecture “Dance and Architecture: A Rehearsal at the Common Lab. The origins of a Pop-Up Somatic Architecture.” Everything within the workshop “Sensing, a professional competence” organized by Wiktor Skrzypczak and coordinated by Sara Lusic-Alavanja. Thanks you both for this invitation!!
Our platform develops aspects of Architecture and Landscape through somatics, more especifically through the Feldenkrais Method. In this way, within our Universitary Program we experiment directly on us all the concepts we are interested in, related to imagination, body and spatial structures, living systems or socio-political ones. If you don’t know yet the Feldenkrais Method through which we develop the embodied experiences of our platform, you have now the opportunity to do it! I will be working two months in CENTRO ACTÚA (located in Madrid). CENTRO ACTÚA is a school for actors where we will have a two months workshop.
Something to write down in your agenda: The next May the 7th we will be “on air” within the Feldenkrais Summit 2019> “THE MAP IS THE TERRITORY”. We will be part of the three interventions about “STRUCTURE AND TENSEGRITY” and we will share the track with JOHN SHARKEY (BIOTENSEGRITY) and ROBERT SCHLEIP (FASCIA). Our intervention will be about the Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape (LSAAP) and the studies about embodied cognition in architecture. You will be able to see our interventions and the other 24, on-line and free, along the 48h after the first broadcast. You can see
During July 2018, the International Conference “MOVEMENT: BRAIN, BODY, COGNITION” was developed at Harvard Medical School. We participated with two contributions, the first was a workshop about imagination and embodied cognition; the second was this PAPER about the pioneering pedagogical experience developed at the “Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape”. The PAPER registered the experiences at the Laboratory between the years 2016 and 2018. Now we put it here available in our archive. You can download it in the following link: http://psaap.com/en/movement-and-cognition/
(Image: “Heliografías para cuerpos de sangre fría y caliente”, Buenos Aires, 2015. Authors: Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez
“IN BETWEEN DANCE AND ARCHITECTURE: A conversation with Jone San Martin and Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez”. Monday March the 25th at 19:00 at C.O.A.M: you are all invited, we will be waiting for you at the Logia of the College of Architects in Madrid… there will be more than words! Ü... If you want to come just make the free registration here:
Yesterday within the EUROPAN ESPAÑA website, they talked about the process of our project winner in EUROPAN 6 in Córdoba… the post contain also the link to the article I was writing for the local press on February the 21st. I thought I had to write it to let know architects and citizens how all this happened. How important decisions about urban issues are taken in our cities… The outcome is not positive, that is why is important to know the story. Here you have one of the first images of this beloved project in Córdoba in which my team
We have started again with our program in “Somatics for Architecture and Landscape” and we are happy to see different people and institutions interested in our work. In the following moths we are scheduling a couple of interviews about our experience. The first with Coventry University (UK) and their program “Somatics Toolkit for Ethnographers”, thanks to Doerte Weig for inviting us; the second will be for the “Feldenkrais Awareness SUMMIT. The map IS the territory” (USA) and it will be done with Cynthia Allen. Thanks also to Cynthia and her team for making it happen. We will inform you when
Wednesday February the 6th YOU ARE INVITED to come to the first session of the second semester of the Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape. We will talk about how to learn through experience with reference to John Dewey, Donal Schön or different authors who nowadays defend “Situated Cognition”; we will have as case study the “Center for Sensibility” proposed by Yves Klein and Werner Ruhnau; and we will finish the day sensing all this in our own flesh with the experience “ARMS INTEGRATION”… At 18:30, in the Análisis de Formas classroom, EPS Universidad San Pablo CEU in Monteprincipe.
This week we received the last two catalogues which include our work: “BECOMING” from the Venice Architecture Biennale, and “OPA” with the graphic work of architects at COAM… they are now available in bookshops… our library grows! Ü
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From yesterday Mª AUXILIADORA GÁLVEZ through PSAAP and its University Program is part of the “Research Directory” of the CENTRE FOR SENSORY STUDIES based in CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Canada. We invite you to visit it because you will be able to know the websites and projects of a big collection of prestigious scholars within the area of sensory experience… they come from different disciplines like Anthropology, Sociology, History, Architecture, Literature, Philosophy, Film production or Art… you will be also able to go through the projects and texts of the centre exploring the other areas of the website… http://www.sensorystudies.org
This year we participate in the III series of “Entre Música y Arquitectura” (In between Music and Architecture). It will be a dialogue about DANCE and ARCHITECTURE with JONE SAN MARTIN and Mª AUXILIADORA GÁLVEZ. Jone visited us last November in the Seminar WE ARE ALL ABLE BODIES and we were all very impressed… we are looking forward to continue talking with her… in March it will be possible… we will remind you the date… but here you have the whole program of this cycle. The opening: January the 21st
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019… our best wishes for you… from PSAAP
We prepare the next season of the Program of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape. We begin in FEBRUARY. 13 sessions, 2 hours every week, 3 university credits, 3 confirmed special guests, 2 skeletons, 1 space, 2 landscapes, 1 university, 1 institute, 1 unique opportunity to learn different things in a different way, registration 200€ for the whole semester… Join us!... write to email@example.com
Yesterday, the day of the winter solstice, we closed the first part of the academic year participating in the CoLAB final JURY at ETSAM. The RIBOT Unit, with Almudena leading and with Diego García Setién, Enrique Espinosa, Ignacio Borrego, Begoña de Abajo and Gaizka Altuna, has been working in a fascinating process of collaboration and creativity in the abandoned Packard building in Detroit. It was a pleasure to share with all of them and the students their final revision… Ecology, resilience, social dynamics, community, thermodynamics and inclusive environments were some of the key words and concepts… Thank you for inviting
OPENING!!: From December the 19th you will be able to know a little part of the graphic work of Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez within the collective exhibition OPA (“Plastic Work of Architects”) that will be celebrated at C.O.A.M. The piece titled “House of Fairytales” is a collage (silk paper and ink on paper, 50x70cm) showing the spatial and atmospheric imageries of the homonymous project developed in 2014. We prefer that you discover the collage “on site” but the project, we invite you to see it here: http://psaap.com/en/house-of-fairytales/ The opening of the exhibition will be December the 19th at 19:00… We
TODAY WE CELEBRATE that “APREHENDIENDO ARQUITECTURA A TRAVÉS DE LAS ARTES ESCÉNICAS” is already available as DIGITAL BOOK. Thanks to the effort of Jaume Blancafort and Patricia Reus we can enjoy this volume that brings us a transversal piece of knowledge, really necessary in these years where specialization seems to be the rule. This kind of projects goes deep in the generation of collective imaginations that go further into alternative scenarios not only for educative environments but also for social ones, making them richer, more inclusive and diverse. Where you can learn about conceptual and artistic aspects but also the
We have only three sessions left before the end of the year in our “Program of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape”… and we WANT THEM TO BE SPECIAL!!
*****Wednesday December the 5th: VISUAL PERCEPTION and ATMOSPHERE> we will go deep into a case study from the beginning of the XX century that will bring us a collection of visual and atmospheric artefacts within the realms of architecture and scenic arts… we will also learn through the experience “WHITE DISC”.
*****Wednesday December the 12th: SPATIAL THINKING (2nd round) and the experience “FLEXIBLE RECTANGLE”
*****Wednesday December the 19th: final
Here you can see our proposal for the historical BETI JAI in Madrid: under a canopy of different fabrics, the proposal develops a cultural and political space open to the performance of different urban scenarios… apart from the main use for “Basque ball game”. The roof configures a collection of “skirts” that adjusting their height generate diverse atmospheres and thermodynamics according to the uses below. The space aim to be a referent for citizens’ participative processes within the city, but also a place for different imageries and perceptions… http://psaap.com/en/beti-jai-fabrics-and-furniture-or-betis-skirts/
Wednesday November the 7th at 12:00 in the COAM Auditorium, ROUND TABLE “Hacia una docencia de la arquitectura” within the celebrations of he 50 anniversary of the pedagogy of Architecture at the San Pablo CEU University (celebrations start at 10:00 a.m). We will be moderating the panel discussion about pedagogy that will include guests as Andres Perea Ortega, Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, Aurora Herrera Gómez y Diego García Setién…
We can announce already the full program of the one and a half day Seminar/Workshop “WE ARE ALL ABLE BODIES: From Sensory Deprivation to Sensory Augmentation” that will be celebrated in Madrid the 16th and 17th of November. Registration: 30€… have a look, download the pdf… and you already know it… you will make the registration to join us!!! … we are looking forward to share with you such a special event!!!
We open new section within PSAAP, very soon we will be giving you more details: WE OPEN THE SENSORIAL CORNER… we work with sensorial image and perceptive experience and movement… in different mediums: making Architecture, Landscape or… through Functional Integration sessions IN OUR LIBRARY (FI- Feldenkrais Method of somatic education)… we celebrate today that Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez is already Feldenkrais Teacher accredited by the Feldenkrais Institute Spain… Ü
We have developed already three sessions of the Program in Somatics for Architecture and Landscape. We have done the Spatial and Structural tests and we have gone into the components of movement, the filogenetic evolution (do you remember the FISH BODY?) and our skeletal structure… everything through our attention and sensorial image. This week: Spatial Navigation and Cognitive Maps… fundamental to work in Architecture and Landscape: you can come and try one class, if you like it you can join us in the second semester.
Thanks to everyone participating in this pioneering experience and SPECIAL THANKS to María Ruíz
Really interesting the new Casa México in Madrid! Last Tuesday we were part of the event “Juan Herreros and Enrique Norten, Global Practice: a conversation with Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez” (thank you both!!)…
October the 3rd: we begin the university program in “Somatics for Architecture and Landscape” at the EPS USP-CEU… LAST DAYS TO JOIN!... and we begin with MALCOLM MANNING and his well known workshop MOVING FROM THE FISH BODY, come, enjoy the class… and stay…
We confirm to you the three KEY NOTE SPEAKERS/PERFOMERS within WE ARE ALL ABLE BODIES: FROM SENSORY DEPRIVATION TO SENSORY AUGMENTATION. We will count with the presence of SUSAN KOZEL (Philosopher and Choreographer), RACHEL THOMAS (Sociologist and Researcher) and JONE SAN MARTÍN (Choreographer and Dancer)… Send your contribution or your expression of interest to participate (before October the 5th), or just join the program SOMATICS FOR ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE! (before October the 3rd)
WE ARE ALL ABLE BODIES is a Research Seminar/Workshop that will be celebrated in November in Madrid at the EPS USP-CEU hosted also by the program
Next Friday we will be collaborating in one of the workshops by “Caín Teatro” at ETSAM. Thank you María Ruíz and the whole group for the invitation!! … If you want to experience what the “Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape” and its associated university program can offer to you, come and join us!! FRIDAY September the 21st at 18:00, in the “Aula Museo” of ETSAM.
We start the program “Somatics for Architecture and Landscape”> OPENING (OPEN) SESSION: September the 12th (Wednesday) at 18:30 at the Faculty of Architecture EPS USP-CEU. If you are just curious or simply, you want to start feeling architecture and landscape in other way… WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU!!
(Image: Haus-Rucker-Co. Urban Toy, 1972)
We invite abstracts of up to 300 words outlining the intended contribution to the event, either in the format of an academic paper or performative demonstration. Due to limited numbers, we welcome also expressions of interest in attending as a participant, summarising interests in the seminar topic. // Please submit your abstract or expression of interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5th 2018, 12:00 pm (CET). Email subject: AAB call for contributions. Announcement of acceptance by October 22nd 2018. MORE INFORMATION:
GOOD NEWS to begin September!!:
THE INTERNATIONAL AMBIANCES NETWORK based in France SELECTS our project “WE ARE ALL ABLE BODIES: From Sensory Deprivation to Sensory Augmentation” to receive funding. Reserve your agenda November the 16th and 17th… in the following days we will inform you about the event and about how to participate. We will open the process to receive proposals. The event is directed by the PhD Architects Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez, Carolina Vasilikou and Izabela Wieczorek and it is organised in a partnership between the Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture, San Pablo CEU University Madrid/Spain and the School
And now that our holidays are ending… we remind you that REGISTRATIONS at the SOMATICS FOR ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE course ARE OPEN!!! Do you want to research in architecture and landscape through your perception and your own organism? Join us in the course that will be developed at the FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE of the EPS Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid. We start September the 12th!! The program, based on somatic experience as a mean to learn and explore within architecture and landscape is focused in different modules, we mention here some of them: “Spatial navigation and components of movement”,
At the Platform of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape we just came back from Boston after teaching our communication and workshops… and full of new ideas we rest for a while… we want to wish you happy holidays and we hope to see you in September with the new projects and the new course about Somatics applied for Architecture and Landscape. See you all soon!
And… The Congress “Movement: Brain-Body-Cognition” in BOSTON is here!!!, Next week we will be at Harvard University presenting the oral communication “MOVEMENT AND COGNITION AT THE LABORATORY OF SOMATICS FOR ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE” and doing the series of workshops that you already know… ours, about imagination. We have left for you in facebook the abstract of the presentation… but there, we will develop much more including antecedents of our approach like the pedagogical ideas of John Dewey or Donald Shön; or experiences like the ones by Buckminster Fuller in relation with “Teleology” or the ones within the Architectural “Anti-School” Global
Do you want to come to an OPEN CLASS where you can see how can be the classes of the course of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape that we will develop the next academic year? We will have one next Monday July the 9th within the event “THE BOSTON EXPERIENCE- A TRILOGY OF WORKSHOPS”. We share the event with Chus Jiménez and Jaime Polanco. It will be from 10:00 to 13:30 in Juan Alvarez Mendizabal 65, Madrid. The three workshops will be in English and they will be a rehearsal about the ones we will be developing in Harvard in
It is already available the catalogue of the SPANISH PAVILION of the VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE. You can also enjoy it on-line in the following link:
We invite you to see the section “TRANSDISCIPLINAR” where our work is included… you have till November to see the exhibition live… there in Venice!
We are recommended artist, since last week, in the C.O.C.A Art Prize network. With this stage, we open the possibility to be selected for the award that would allow us to implement our project POP-UP SOMATIC ARCHITECTURE. The C.O.C.A (Center of Contemporary Artist) is a network of curators and collectors (The House of Collectors) that re-invent patronage in the XXI century… ARTTRIPS, and artists “ADOPTIONS”… in a new format… here we leave you our profile where you can see projects that we have shared with good and brilliant friends and colleagues like Edgardo Mercado, Sandro Rolla, Alejandra Salvador, Rocío
The universitary studies in “Somatics applied for Architecture and Landscape” are born at the Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. We begin in September! And we have also the collaboration with the Feldenkrais Institute! If you are interested in a multidisciplinary approach to Architecture and Landscape, where you can study the relationships between body and space, neuroscience, perception and movement, imagination and the intertwining with Philosophy, Ecology or Biology… you will love these studies! Registration starts July the 17th.
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The double publication “CREATION/ REACTION” is already available!!!
These volumes collect the papers presented within ECLAS 2017 celebrated at Greenwich University in September. They contain the contribution “REVOLUTIONARY LANDSCAPES” by Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez within the Session 12 “DEMOCRACY”… The first is the ABSTRACTS catalogue. The second is the complete volume “PROCEEDINGS”, a digital publication produced with the sponsor of the prestigious publisher Routledge. Thanks to Greenwich University and specially to Ed Wall and Tim Waterman!!
B-E-C-O-M-I-N-G_ You can visit already the Spanish (Virtual) Pavilion of the 16ª Venice Architectural Biennale, where a special layout of our maps is exhibited. The maps are the graphic version of the PhD research “Active Matter: Dance as Experimental Field for Architecture of Phenomenological Roots” presented in 2012. And from May the 25th: we will be able to visit the maps within the physical pavilion at the “Arsenale di Venezia”… Do you find our maps?_ http://b-e-c-o-m-i-n-g.com/
Yesterday, May the 25th the Spanish Pavilion of the 16ª Venice Architecture Biennale was opened. From now to November the 25th you can visit it and see physically our “Maps of Active Matter”, but also the rest of documents developed by a big number of colleagues and friends within the exhibition #BECOMING… visit the virtual pavilion: http://b-e-c-o-m-i-n-g.com/ !!!
We launch the project “RADICAL IMAGINATION: TOOLS OF POLITIC TRANSFORMATION THROUGH DESIGN” with the CHAPTER 1:
“5 MAPS- 5 THEORIES OF IMAGINATION”.
It is a collection of MAPS, architectural and landscape PROJECTS, and WRITINGS going deep in the role of imagination in order to renovate continuously our pre-conceptions and behaviours about society and environment, looking for an evolution in which each of us is able to understand the ecosystem, to respect it and to develop a more tuned society in relation with it. Relationships in between us and our environments and the politics of space involved within, are in continuous
In the next session of the Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape, “FLOATING RECTANGLE” will bring us to a sensorial, geometrical and atmospheric experience. We have only two classes left… and we want them special! … Wednesday May the 9th at 18:30… we will also include the first part of the monitoring final tests, in this case about “structural thinking”… all this are only some aspects of the POP-UP SOMATIC ARCHITECTURE (registered trademark)… about this… we will talk to you very soon!
(Image> manipulation of: "Interno-esterno", collage, Ugo La Pietra, 1980./ "Interno-esterno", Installation at the Triennale di Milano, Ugo
Double open workshop- just registration is needed- within the “Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape” and with our international guest MALCOLM MANNING.
SENSING ATMOSPHERES- (April the 4th and 5th, 2018)
On the first evening (4th at 18:30), Malcolm will introduce some of his extra-somatic practices – extra-somatic in the sense that, while they share the somatic modality of being talked through and into an experience of self, the starting point is a different metaphor of the mind/body relationship: that the mind is a field the both suffuses in and beyond the material body and that the material body
INSCRIPTION BEFORE APRIL THE 15TH: We launch a SUMMER COURSE at UPM, and you cannot miss it! With guests like Jonathan Hill, Iñaki Ábalos, Kiel Moe, Javier Peña, Raoul Bunschoten, Klaus K. Loenhart, Izabela Wieczorek, Ana Mombiedro, Salvador Rueda, Carlos Vergara or Manuel Quirós (from Biomimicry Iberia)… with teachers like Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez, Javier García-Germán, Manuel Collado and Diego García-Setién… and under the title:
“ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: SOMATICS, THERMODYNAMICS AND ENERGY for prototyping ecological architectonical objects”…
The course is coordinated by Diego García-Setién and Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez, and it will be develop at E.T.S.A.M from June the 17th to July the
March the 8th at COAM: presentation of the new stage of the Magazine of the College of Architects (Madrid) and the “Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape” participates inside the section RADAR. We are really happy to see that our innovation in pedagogy of Architecture and Landscape is selected for this special first (nº0-MANIFESTO) of such a historical magazine. If you come (past, present and future collaborators, advisors and participants:-) we can share comments and celebration. Thanks to everybody once again to be part of this project!
On February the 9th Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez shared the final jury of the “Energy & Sustainability” module at the MCH with Almudena Ribot and Javier García-Germán. Within the Master in Collective Housing (MCH) we were able to discuss the work of the students that in only two weeks, developed an interesting collection of thermodynamical and design strategies. Thanks to all the participants!
We have already the OPEN WORKSHOPS that we will have in the following months within the “Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape”:
FEBRUARY the 14th: JAIME POLANCO (Biomechanical aspects)
MARCH the 7th: ANA MOMBIEDRO (Neuroscience and Architecture: eye- ear)
APRIL the 4th and 5th: MALCOLM MANNING (Double workshop indoor and outdoor in the landscape of the abandoned old munitions dump, Montegancedo)
APRIL the 25th: JAIME POLANCO comes back and with him we will “rehearse” the workshops that we will develop at HARVARD University this summer: [“Alice in Wonderland”: Motor Imagery and Movement in Conceptual and
January the 25th we were invited to participate in the “Doctorate Encounters” of the ETSAM. 80 researchers shared 3 working sessions. We shared the session “CITY AND ECOLOGY. URBAN DISCOURSES II”, coordinated by Juan Elvira, with Mauro Gil-Fournier. In the event, with a general thematic about collective imagery, participated Carlos Arroyo, Samuel García, Rodrigo Delso and Mateo Fernández-Muro. Soon, we will be able to enjoy a publication with a brief record of the debates. (Image: Architectural Probes. Diller+Scofidio.)
We begin the year with DOUBLE good news AT HARVARD! > As you know (last post) the paper by Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez “Movement and Cognition at the Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape” was accepted some days ago at the “Movement and Cognition” International Conference of Harvard University, but now we confirm that within the WORKSHOPS section it will be develop the one prepared by Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez and Jaime Polanco: “ALICE IN WONDERLAND: MOTOR IMAGERY AND MOVEMENT IN CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL LEARNING PROCESSES”… We begin the year with really optimistic atmosphere!... We will rehearse it in Madrid before leaving
And… this summer we will go not only to Boston but also to Venice! We will be at the 16ª VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE: the doctoral dissertation developed by Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez “Active Matter: Dance as an Experimental Field for Architecture of Phenomenological Roots” will be part of the exhibition at the Spanish Pavilion, within the section “speeches”. The exhibition curated by Atxu Amann, brings together- under the title BECOMING- material produced in educational environments. Interesting and promising the big selection of works that will allow us to enjoy a transversal cut of these productions and learning experiences since 2012 till
We are so HAPPY! Harvard University has selected our abstract about the “Laboratory of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape” to be presented at the International Conference MOVEMENTIS > “MOVEMENT-BRAIN-BODY-COGNITION” that will be celebrated in Boston this summer. > www.movementis.com > It will be a wonderful occasion to learn! Thanks to all of you who participate or collaborate and in this way allow us to continue our study about “embodied cognition” in Architecture and Landscape.
(Image: Choreographer Anna Halprin and architect Walter Gropius at a costume ball. Circa 1942-44)