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Author: Carolien Hermans

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In de jaren 70 van de vorige eeuw komt het dynamisch systeemdenken in de psychologie en pedagogiek op, als reactie op de gefragmenteerde wetenschappelijke theorieën die er op dat moment heersen. In plaats van zich te concentreren op de afzonderlijke elementen wordt de aandacht verschoven naar het systeem. In het systeemdenken wordt het kind geobserveerd […]

Wildcraften

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De wildernis oefent aantrekkingskracht op ons uit. Het verhaal van Tarzan en Jane is inmiddels honderd jaar oud maar door toedoen van Disney groeien er hele generaties mee op. Het archetype van de langharige half-naakte wilde jongen met slechts een lendenlap om de edele delen, heeft zich in ons collectief geheugen genesteld, al waar het […]

Verstoppertje

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Het is oudjaarsavond (31 december 2017). We zijn Molletje, onze zwarte hamster, kwijt. Ze is voor de zoveelste keer uit haar kooi ontsnapt. Uit ervaring weten we inmiddels dat de hamster na een aantal dagen waarschijnlijk uit zichzelf zal terugkeren. Gedreven door honger, zoekt het beestje toch weer de kooi op. Molletje is een slim […]

Dier en Kind

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Wat wil je later worden? is een vraag die menig volwassene aan een kind stelt. Zo ook ik. Nu mijn kinderen inmiddels 12 en 14 jaar oud zijn, probeer ik me voor te stellen wat zij later zouden willen gaan doen. Toch vraag ik niet aan hen: ‘Wat wil je later gaan doen?’ Nee, ik […]

Micro-Avonturen

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Veelvuldig droom ik s ‘nachts over verre reisbestemmingen. Die reisbestemmingen bevinden zich niet zelden in Afrika maar kunnen zich ook in Australië (waar ik nooit geweest ben) of in niet bestaande, zelfbedachte continenten afspelen. De dromen zijn zo levendig dat ik bij het ontwaken een heftig verlangen voel om direct het vliegtuig te pakken. Zo’n […]

Play Fight Fest

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Play Fight Fest: 13-16 June 2019 Présilly, France Matteo Tangi Lineage Playfight is a ‘blend of play, mindfulness and conscious fight. A practice to create deep connection by safely using strength and welcoming our emotions’ (Matteo Tangi). The purpose of playfight is connection. Connection with yourself, the other playfighter(s), the circle, the space and the surrounding world. I […]

Five elements of the enactive account

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Most theories on subjectivity look to social cognition from a representationalist point of view (Fuchs & De Jaegher, 2009). Models such as theory of mind, theory theory or simulation theory[1]all state that the mental state of other people cannot be directly observed and therefore our mind-reading abilities have to rely on common sense or folk-psychological […]

MTD Workshop

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In March 2018, I give a dance improvisation to eleven first-year dance students (six male students and five female students), at the University of the Arts, Modern Theatre Dance department. Rough and Tumble Play (R & T play) forms the main starting point. Dancers:  Alberto Quirico, Björn Bakker, Lian Frank, Lucie Rutten, Oriane Gidron, Jente Witvrouwen, Simon Lelièvre, Fons Dhossche, Catarina Paiva, Laura Costa, Oscar […]

R & T Play Session

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This Rough-and-Tumble Play Session takes place in December 2017, at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.  Four boys (all thirteen-year old) are invited for a spontaneous play session.  In this play session I am mainly  interested in the spontaneous, physical play activities that pop up in the three-hour session. I ask myself the following question:  How and in […]

Rough and Tumble

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In my artistic research I explore and analyse the differences and similarities between children’s physical play events and improvisational dance. I have found the term participatory sense-making useful in understanding the underlying mechanisms of both dance improvisation and children’s physical play since both activities seem to invest in creative activities, relational dialogues and embodied meanings. […]

間 In-Between

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Ma (間) is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as “in-between”, “gap”, “space”, ” pause” or “the space between two parts, sounds, objects or movements”. In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness […]

The mindful body and the bodily mind

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Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness are often seen as individual practices that take place inside the body-mind. At first instance it is hard to imagine how both practices resonate with the enactive approach, and specifically with Hanne De Jaegher and Ezequiel Di Paolo’s concept of participatory sense-making.  In this blog I want to clarify that relationship.  Although […]

The Enactive Account and Participatory Sense-Making

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Introduction The term “enactivism” was first coined by Francisco Varela and colleagues in the 1990s. It stands for an emerging set of ideas that take the dynamic interaction of an acting organism with its environment as the central starting point (Paolo et al. 2010).The enactive account challenges the traditional idea of a representational mind. In […]

Research Question

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In this artistic research I aim to explore the relationship between (group) dance improvisation and the aesthetics of play through an embodied analysis of De Jaegher’s and Di Paoli’s concept of participatory sense-making (2007). Some definitions of dance improvisation and play De Spain (2003, p.27) defines dance improvisation as ‘a way of being present in […]

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. –  Jon Kabat-Zinn (1991) Mindfulness is not so much an activity, but a way of being in the moment. The term mindfulness originates from the Sanskrit word “Smṛti,” which literally translates to “that which is remembered”. Mindfulness thus can […]

Hatha Yoga

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In my classes I teach Hatha Yoga, with a specific focus on Yin Yoga. Hatha refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. Hatha is commonly translated as a combination of the “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha). A Hatha Yoga class consists of basic yoga poses that are designed to align and calm your body […]