Body As Situation

Workshop Session 1

Our Humanities Unbound 2018 pre-conference workshop, facilitated by Andrew Marcus, MFA, will explore phenomenological research methods in the humanities.
HU 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop

Andrew Marcus, MFA

Body as Situation: The Site of Experience

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

We explore boundaries of the interior and enter into silence. What is “outside” becomes situated in relation to what we identify as body; specifically, my body. The means by which we are habituated to such ideas as self and other, inside and outside, subject and object are laid bare in the sensory perceptual encounter. Thereby we meet directly experiences of containment within and of intersubjective and interobjective fields. Toward what end? The coming to consciousness of the felt knowledge of acts of mutual creation; of self, other, and world. Implied are freedom, agency, and responsibility.

What to bring: Your own body, loosely and comfortably clothed in layers, so you will stay warm during periods of stillness. Be prepared to lay quietly on the floor, and to move, in any way that makes sense to you and is safe within the context of a group experience. If you wish to write or draw, bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

An ability to be quiet, to rest, to listen with all your senses and with your heart, and to be open to your own shifts in perception are the only skills required.

Photo: Andrew Marcus


Andrew Marcus founded Disappearance in 2010 to explore boundary space between the ordinary, the beautiful, and the sublime. Disappearance develops practices to effectively transcend such boundaries; to encourage experience of the magical and the erotic; and to unequivocally engage the real. Marcus holds an MFA in Dance and Performance from Arizona State University. His experiments with improvisation and somatic practices date to 1980, and he is active internationally. The School Of Disappearance opened in 2013.

Previously, Marcus founded The Slow Training For Embodied Projects and Marcus Vesseur Moves with Wilma Vesseur (Netherlands) from 2007, toward alternatives to stage performance practice. Between 2001-2010 he developed Sensation And Form, a physical approach to dance composition and Technique For A Soft Body, a synthesis of his studies of release techniques and contact improvisation. From 1992-2001 he taught at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tish School Of The Arts.

Influences include the post-modern choreographers Deborah Hay, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton among others and the experiments of the Judson Dance Theater and Grand Union inclusively; the somatic investigations of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; and current studies in continental philosophy and phenomenology, notably the work of Alain Badiou, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Edmund Husserl; and the Situationist experiments of Guy Debord.