Visiting

Erin Christine Bell

Ms. Bell’s current research deals with understanding nuances in intuition/heuristic knowledge during meditative states – particularly during un/less-inhibited movement practices. Her work is inspired by the late phenomenologist/neuroscientist Francisco Varela and engages in intersubjective, bodily based experience through interview-research formats influenced by Micro-Phenomenology. Her research practice includes live performance with experiential audience   research, as well as somatic movement experiments followed by participant interviews.

She is interested in how this first-person data can collaboratively enrich current third-person scientific research in areas such as cognition, microbiome study, and cardio research. Also, she is interested in how this work might contribute to consciousness studies, therapy, dance research, performance practice, studies in affective response, agency, empathy and more. As a maker of art, Ms. Bell has consistently found interest in the strength of exposed vulnerabilities, authenticity, vigorous research and humor. Her work is rooted in an endless curiosity of human experience and a belief in human connection. She studies and teaches somatic movement and bodywork, frequently instigating projects and experiments with both trained and untrained performers. She has worked with countless, astounding artists in professional and ‘underground’ contexts in New Orleans, Brooklyn, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bread and Puppet Theater (US), as well as working internationally (Puerto Rico, Germany, Canada, Palestine, Greece and Slovenia) – creating music, theater, dance, puppet shows, video, and creations which do not quite fit into a genre.

 

Benito Elías García Valero 

Mr.  García Valero is lecturer of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Alicante. He did his PhD on the commonalities between the world views derived from the interpretations of quantum physics and magical realism, applied to contemporary Japanese literature. His research interests today are the relations between science and literature, cognitive studies and the new genres of the fantastic.