Place Making and Movement in Complexity

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09 Sep - 13 Sep - 08:45 - 12:30

This week welcomes two contributors, with Place making in the morning sessions and Movement in Complexity during the afternoon sessions.

Placemaking with Kiara Nagel

Places are important. They define our identity, foster social networks, and provide the platform upon which everyday life, love, and health are determined. Yet how much do we pay attention to the politics of place? What tools do we have to analyze issues of justice, power, and decision-making that shapes they places we inhabit? How do we experience removal, restriction or exclusion from spaces? How do we create access or restrict others through our use of space?

This workshop will build a deeper understanding of the politics of place and offer tools for analyzing the spaces we experience and build skills for social justice organizing. Together we will develop a creative framework for designing social change interventions that ensure healthy and sustainable places based on a framework of human rights and ecological urbanism. By recognizing the complexity of social systems and beginning to design interventions that respond accordingly, we can begin to imagine and contribute to viable future for generations to come.

Two short films to share about our work: Domino Effect and Road to Recovery

Movement in Complexity with  Jekaterina Kučinskienė, Justas Kučinskas, Severas Švedas

Movement Vilnius is a movement school (est. 2018) offering a holistic approach to body and movement, aiming to redefine the ways we approach physicality and create physical cultures. We are three founders and a couple of team members who research, learn, teach, but most important – invite people to become active members of community of movers bringing movement perspective into their own areas of practice. Started as a self-study group we are now a strong community practicing and researching movement on a daily basis. In our facility in Vilnius we offer practices aimed at increasing movement complexity, building a resilient body and creating forms of inter-human communication. We collect the best of most interdisciplinary applicable practices of particular disciplines and use them as our ground to design the group process of “complete movement practice”. Our practice sessions have become a time and place for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and a playground to test ideas. With all of what we do we aim to move better so that we can communicate with others also beyond language, increase our cognitive capacities and be able to grow in complexity as individuals as well as communities. We invite people of every age and physical condition and we help them on their way of discovery of what it is to really live (move) and communicate in this body.

Kiara Nagel

Kiara Nagel is a creative strategist based in Los Angeles with 20 years of experience building creative and collaborative initiatives and supporting social groups, leaders, and organizations to become more engaged and effective. Kiara often delivers facilitation and consulting services to foster collaboration, grow healthy organizations, and support equitable community development. At the core of her diverse body of work …

Severas Švedas

Co-founder and a teacher at “Movement Vilnius”, physical rehabilitation and massage therapist, Watsu and yoga practitioner. His experience lies with being a professional basketball player for over 17 years and training as a host within Art of Hosting community. He is now working with athletes and people who want to deepen their physical practice and explore their physical potential throught …

Jekaterina Kučinskienė

Movement teacher with strong background in classical ballet as well as other forms of dance: contemporary dance, exhibition, South American show dance (ballroom dancing). Katia is a co-founder of “Movement Vilnius” where she teaches dancers and athletes alike to find a fine balance between the functionality and the aesthetic appearance of their bodies and movement patterns. Katia is also a …

Justas Kučinskas

Movement fundamentals teacher with extensive experience in performing arts. Justas is a dancer, choreographer, yoga teacher. Besides his movement practice and research he is a doctoral student in philosophy and a professional facilitator of group learning processes. His latest movement research and development includes direct learning from the acknowledged masters in contemporary field of movement – Ido Portal and his …