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… lines of political and social discoveries and revelations.

The protagonist of this project are YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and YOU… each and every citizen… and the collective imageries (about life and architecture) emerging being together… How many bodies and architectural experiences do you have inside? How is the architecture exuded from multiple bodies?

It is a 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, architectural, 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. This would not be only a mirror talking to the participants but also to their socio-ecological, spatial and political systems.

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 as basis for the development of all the other aspects… revealing a socio-political and spatial 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 set of projects and maps that will have as outcome different formats about the study of anthropology of the senses and their architectural and socio-politic associated systems. The process is iterative in cycles… we don’t envision a final point but successive mutations.


“… This research about anthropology of the senses reveals the somato-sensory universe of experience, the richness and originality of each individual, the multiple utopias coexisting- utopias used as method of transformation- but also, in between others the physiological landscapes. Everything within the continuous becoming and flux of construction of worlds and bodies, intertwined, always dynamic… in linkage. Going deeper in the incredible socio-political and ecological potential of one body… of one body like yours… revealing the cosmic character… of these bodies of cold and warm blood…”

“There are finite and infinite projects.// Finite projects have boundaries; infinite projects work with boundaries, including them.// We cannot say when an infinite project started, neither is important.// Finite projects are bounded by time; infinite ones create their own time.// Finite projects are bounded in space; infinite ones create their own space.// An infinite project can host finite projects within… the opposite is not possible.// The finite project is the triumph of the past over the future… through anticipation and pre-definition. The infinite project is the triumph of the future over the past… its outcomes are endlessly open. *Text based on variations of: “Finite and Infinite Games” James P. Carse.

This project is related with our Somatic Ethnography. For the participatory sessions we use mainly the ATM (awareness through movement) sessions of the Feldenkrais method of somatic education.

Author: Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez

Acknowledgements (for their comments, impressions and methodologies) to: Juan Barrero, José Gálvez, Mauro Gil-Fournier, 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. Developed thanks to interactions in Hamburg, Bilbao and Madrid (nowadays working with acommunity of women from Sub-Saharan Africa).

**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.