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In the beginning there was sound

The Expressive Arts Institute is dedicated to arts-based and phenomenological research and theory building. Especially non-verbal modes and elements of interaction through body and sound and their impact on human development are addressed in our projects.

Earliest perception and communication structures are rooted
in the exchange of sound and movement signals within the
mother-infant dialog. The climate of this dialog and the organization of signals into sensual-symbolic units of meaning and forms of relation are considered to be the existential ground of our being-in-the-world and the presupposition for further development.

In this existential reciprocity of signs, sender and receiver generate a field of participation, in which the attention is shifting to a shared third. In terms of personality development, relationship skills and the development of symbolization this is of eminent importance.

In the research program, the Expressive Arts Institute Berlin explores the qualities of these exchange processes. In our current project we focus on the relationships that can arise between sound and forms of bodily hearing in choreographing music through movement.

Music is shaped sound and contains all levels of humanity: emotions, thoughts, movements, relations, development, conflicts and solutions, spirituality, sociality, culture…

In the complexity of bodily resonances with sound lives the ability
for an immediate inner emotional impact and the synchronization
with music.

In an empirical-phenomenological research project we want to identify possible levels of relation between hearing and moving and determine their importance for the development.

The research aims to make practical experiences and theoretical levels always mutually accessible to reflection. Thereby we turn towards determining factors that contribute equally to the creation as for the conservation and restoration of health.

Heinrich von Kleist: "Not we know, it is first a certain state of our,
who knows



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No and Yes: On the genesis of human communication
New York 1957

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Methods Meets Art Arts-Based Research Practice
New York 2008

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Walnut Creek 2014

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