I apply a rounded approach to the study of embodiment, and under the name of Embodimenta, I gather my artistic, humanist, scientific, and spiritual projects, which meet the urge of a paradigm shift in our times. Embodimenta moves away from the dualistic paradigm that separates the self from the world, and contributes to a reunifying paradigm towards which human consciousness is heading, in order to survive and thrive.
This shift requires us to revolutionise the understanding of what the body is and does. We don’t have a body. We are a body, and more accurately, we become a body. Our being is a living force, that reverberates and exists as a continuum with all other beings and energies present in the World and Universe. Our body is an open field of receptivity and responsiveness. Whilst connecting and merging with all the beings that we encounter in our life, our field turns into a universal body of relations that flow through space and time.
Embodimenta embraces the wonder of our human nature: an embodiment of the infinite, or an infinite embodiment, which remains always fluid and open to be woven, unravelled, and re-woven, in accordance with the transformations of our consciousness and responsiveness. The awareness of embodiment calls us for a re-enchantment with nature, to which we intimately belong. Nature asks us to sense our own body, to feel it, to listen to it. Nature asks us to awaken the innate intelligence of our body, which breaks through the illusions of separateness between subject and object, self and world, inner and outer, here and there. The ground-breaking paradigm of embodiment recovers an original consciousness of being. This awareness emerges as a common denominator between scientific, humanist, and spiritual breakthroughs, which have been disclosed and acknowledged, from the ancient times to the present day.
Embodimenta projects develop from cutting-edge studies and practice-led research. I employ different media: from performance, to visuals, writing, site-responsive, experiential, and healing practices. The ultimate aim of my work is to share the potency of embodiment, and enjoy the mystery of its infinity.
Research Areas of Embodimenta:
01. ARTS & HUMANITIES
Embodimenta draws on the studies of embodiment in Cultural and Medical Anthropology, which understand the body as a sense-making agent, that shapes knowledge, identity, and culture in the World. The paradigm of embodiment overcomes binary divisions of the mind, as an abstract subject, and the body, as a given object. The human body is not a bounded and fixed bio-mechanical object that comes in parts. It is our primary condition of existence, and a free resource given to us by nature, which allows us to process and make sense of life. Information cannot just be thought; it is an experience of our aliveness. Our body becomes this experiential process: by touching and being touched by the world, by receiving and responding to stimuli around us, inner and outer, self and world, enter reality together as a result of stimuli-response relations. Our body becomes the embodiment of stimuli-response information, through which we create the reality of our self and of the world around us. Our embodiment is the process from our indeterminacy of being, to the creation of a pattern of information, which gives us a shape of being out of our infinity.
The evolution of science leads towards greater understandings of the energetic nature of matter, and, therefore, of the human body.
At a quantic level, an electron is a fundamental particle-wave of the atom, and, so, it performs the inherent properties of waves; like waves, it spreads and diffracts indefinitely through space and time. Its physical existence manifests to us in a location of space and in a moment of time, among infinite other indeterminate probabilities in which its existence might also be, at the same time, and within the zone through which its wave radiates. In the same way, the body is a matter-force, a physical and energetic field, which performs particle-waves’ motion, properties, and behaviour. The acknowledgment of the human body as a quantic process also entails to reformulate human sentience.
Quantic scientific knowledge meets the spiritual consciousness of the relational nature of being. The existence of the others is our own. The origin of the other is our own. The existence of particle-waves in space and time is only a potentiality until relation is made. There are no given existences. It is only together with, and through the presence of an ‘other’, that a particle can take a location in space, whilst oriented in relation with this ‘other’, and experience its transience in time. At least two forces of life are needed in order to meet, interact, and merge into life-forms that manifest space and time, out of the indeterminacy and infinity of being. Like a shape-making game, all entities and life-forms are multiple and possible manifestations of an original and undifferentiated field of being; as all entities emerge from this field, these exist in the world in continuity with one another, despite any apparent physical separation in space and time.
I was born in Milan, Italy, from an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, and I am currently based in Milan. I am a Performance, Visual, and Healing Artist, an Anthropologist, and a Movement Analyst.
My multi-disciplinary background began with an early training in ballet, followed by modern dance and theatre. I moved to New York, USA, for two years, where I trained in contemporary dance, at Movement Research. In New York, I received my Diploma in Body Movement Analysis, from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Advanced Movement Studies. This approach to movement consciousness uses a combined methodology and training, which include Rudolf Laban’s principles of Space Harmony, Irmgard Bartenieff’s physical re-education method, and Body-Mind Centering studies in non-verbal communication, and in developmental and somatic movement research. I returned to Italy, where I gained my BA in Ethno-Cultural Anthropology, from the Alma Mater University of Bologna. In these studies, I focused on issues of perception of the Self, as rooted in cultural, social, and psychological patterns. Then I moved to London, UK, for ten years, where I received my MA in Anthropology of the Body and Health in the XXI° Century, from Goldsmiths College. Through these studies, I deepened my knowledge of conceptions and interpretations of the human body in bio-medical sciences, in western and eastern philosophies, religions, and cultures of the world. Through the years, I worked on formulating a holistic paradigm of embodiment, of the body as process of becoming, in its physical, kinetic, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual dimensions. To my research I also added practices and experiences of energetic and shamanic medicine. I trained in Taoist practices dedicated to the embodiment of universal harmony and body-mind-spirit health. I have become a Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, by studying this ancient Taoist healing technique with Grand Master Mantak Chia, founder of the Universal Healing Tao System, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I carry out my transdisciplinary work as an embodimentalist: an artist, researcher, and healer of human embodiment. I develop theoretical and experiential projects, which explore the relationship between body and space, body and health, body and knowledge, body and society, body and migration, body and identity, and seek to open up more potential fields, where research with and through the body is possible.