POP-UP SOMATIC ARCHITECTURE is the one emerging in your awareness producing a full immersion within an architectonical experience of somatosensory material… Last only one experience BUT seed much more… and also feeds lines of creativity and sensorial tunes.

The protagonist of this project are YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and YOU… each and every citizen… and the collective imageries emerging being together…

It is an artistic and participative project of ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE SENSES, about bodies and places, about how people give sense and meaning to their own experiences. Senses work not only under biological issues, they have also a cultural background. We want to research how diverse sensory-motor experiences going deep in perception, reveal cultural, social and political aspects useful to show a kind of sensorial ethnography. This, in an open debate will work like a multifaceted mirror with the participant communities.

We should say that the base for this approximation to the construction of a richer citizen’s imagery, of a group with more social capital and more self-knowledge, more aware of its creative potential and more democratic, is in somatics. In the complex self-perception that every of us have with the intertwining of the environment and the social exchanges and contexts.

We bet for a kind of “imaginary pragmatics”, enhancing creativity from within… starting with the person and the recognition of their own resources… revealing a socio-political frame in which everybody is indeed unique and indispensable.

The project starts becoming from a process- that have already began- that considers a collection of participatory sessions, a series of interviews that feed the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)** and a mapping that will have as outcome different formats about the study of anthropology of the senses. The cartographies, diagrams and maps, are originally more than 15 wall drawings, in big format- like the ones showed here in the cover. The process is iterative in cycles… we don’t envision a final point but successive mutations.

Author: Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez

Acknowledgements (for their comments, impressions and methodologies) to: Juan Barrero, José Gálvez, Ana Mombiedro, Andrés Perea, Mª Auxiliadora Pérez, Moisés Prieto, Jaime Polanco, Jone San Martin, María Ruíz and Fe Vila.

Date: 2018…

Status: On going project

**Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an experiential qualitative approach to research in psychology and the human, health and social sciences. It was developed by Jonathan Smith, Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck University of London.