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Notes on Camels & Automata 

Camel with remote control "jockey" It is this curious sense of fascination more than the wish to build something useful or the hope for material rewards that makes men devote their lives to machinery. Constructing, operating, even watching machines provides satisfactions and delights that can be intense enough to become ends in themselves. Such delights …

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Thought is for Moving 

If you think about this question for any length of time, it's blindingly obvious why we have a brain. We have a brain for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to produce adaptable and complex movements. —Daniel Wolpert I'll stop there before I transcribe the whole thing... Shortly after this, though, he …

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Henri & Henri on Movement 

People make gestures: they gesticulate. —Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis & It follows that sight and touch could not have given us the idea of space without the help of the "muscular sense." Not only could this concept not be derived from a single sensation, or even from a series of sensations; but a motionless being could …

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Sit More Better 

One of the ironies of meditation is that something as simple as sitting can be so challenging. Faced with discomfort or pain, we do the best we can, perhaps invoking mind over matter. But behind the esoteric paradox that the path to enlightenment should itself be enlightened, is a practical hint: attending to our sitting …

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Relational Drawing Laboratory 

I was just going to let everyone know about the Relational Drawing Laboratory that I have the pleasure of co-teaching this coming Saturday at the awesome Trade School. Except I just looked, and its full... The good news is that we have been asked to do a reprieve at the Whitney Museum in March. So …

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The Grid: A Brief History 

Here's a short essay I wrote a while back, for a workshop I did for movement educators, on how grids shape our experience, and why that might not be the only alternative. The idea was to show the grid as emergent within a cultural context, rather than being a pre-given frame for understanding movement. So …

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