Emotional Anatomy

Emotional anatomy is a somatic practice which maps the emotional anatomy of the body through experiential descriptions of where emotions are placed in the body, how they look like, sound and function. Through repeatedly doing the practice you draw your own anatomic map of your emotions.

The 17 September I will host a workshop in Emotional Anatomy as part of the festival KROPPSFUNKTION.

The practice starts from naming an emotion that the group want to work with that session. It can be something you want to find, something you already feel or haven’t felt for a while or some other reason. Together with the group, we talk for a few minutes about the emotion and it’s qualities.

Two people help one person finding the placement of the organ through scanning the body from front and behind. Starting from head, the persons scan to the feet and then turn upwards again, and on this journey the person being scanned says stop when her helpers have reached the position of this particular emotion. The person starts naming its shape, color, texture and movement, to then start moving in order to feel the properties of the organ or in order to make the organ move, or if possible to start the movement from the organ. Move from the the physical anatomic description you gave of the organ and stick to these qualities. After an exploration of movements from this emotional organ, open your mouth and allow for the sound that arises from that particular organ to exit through your mouth. Make the sound from the organ.

In each session a music track is played in order to further enhance the feeling. When the music is played, try to go further in to the actual emotion and maybe be a bit less serious about your organ. You can always go back to moving from these properties again if you feel lost, but try to let go and immerse into moving in, from and with this emotion.

At the end of the session, we make a common ritual to let go of the emotion we just worked with. After the session ended, the new emotional organ or system is drawn on a personal anatomic map. When this map has started to fill up it is possible to use as a way of exercising your emotions.

Emotional anatomy was developed during the project Fake somatic practice in collaboration with Rosalind Goldberg and Sandra Lolax. The solo Loudspeaking, and to a certain extent Musical, is based on this practice.

Emotional Anatomy was developed as part of Fake Somatic Practice, together with Rosalind Goldberg and Sandra Lolax, in 2011.
It has among other places been practised at Weld (Stockholm 2011), The Practice Symposium (Stockholm 2012), Movement Research (New York 2012), Konstnärliga forskarskolan seminar (Stockholm 2013)
Training video made within the project Musical