Online Course THE ROYAL ROAD TO THE (sub)CONSCIOUS: Improvisation and adaptability as life tools in times of precarity by Emma Waltraud Howes

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Online Course THE ROYAL ROAD TO THE (sub)CONSCIOUS: Improvisation and adaptability as life tools in times of precarity by Emma Waltraud Howes

BAI Online Program

Please note that BAI will record the live sessions and check before booking a course the technical requirements as listed below.

Online Course by international lecturer Emma Waltraud Howes

Emma Waltraud Howes works as a translator between movement and form. Her focus is on the development of an expanded choreographic practice that incorporates public interventions, kinaesthetic and architectural research, and graphic scores for performances. Her interdisciplinary works are informed by her background in dance, performance theory, and the visual arts and are guided by observations of bodily gestures.

Online Seminar THE ROYAL ROAD TO THE (sub)CONSCIOUS: Improvisation and adaptability as life tools in times of precarity by Emma Waltraud Howes

The Royal Road to the (sub)Conscious is a four-week course dedicated to the ritual of “soft head-banging” and the practice of improvisation and adaptability as life tools in times of precarity. In contrast to the violent head-banging associated with death metal music, “soft head-banging” instead appropriates the gesture and transforms it by emphasizing bodily care. In the guided process of the workshop students are encouraged to amplify their movements and express their personal intentions with clarity to the furthest reaches of their capabilities and imagination.

The interdisciplinary online course will introduce practical tools and material methods to support a diverse studio practice. Exercises will be divided into four-weekly cycles that will progress over time, and will include: writing, collage, drawing, notation techniques, and ‘tea cups’—an exercise from the Chinese martial arts Bagua, a system for practicing a circular sequence of movements for managing multiple opponents at once. The process-oriented course is intended to reference durcharbeiten (a process of working through, by means of labor)—a method used in psychoanalysis whereby a person learns to accept elements of the unconscious to free themselves from a compulsion to repeat.” (Text & image by courtesy of Emma Waltraud Howes; photo: Archaic Remnants, 2020, photo collage)

Min. seats: 5 | Max. seats: 20 | Language: English

Save the dates in your calendar

The live sessions for this course will be given on Wednesday February 03, 10, 17 & 24, 2021, each day from 6 – 8 pm (Berlin time). You will also receive an email reminder for each video conference before it takes place.

Recording of Live Sessions

We record the live sessions so that they remain available for a logged in course participant until one week after the last session.

Access to content

You will get access to the course content and lessons in our learning management system once you are enrolled.

Technical requirements

We will use the Zoom Meeting application for the live sessions. You need a stable internet connection. There are two ways to access the live meeting:

1. Via the Zoom app
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2. Via Google Chrome Browser on
If you are using Google Chrome to join a meeting, you will see a dialog box to launch the Zoom application.

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We will provide the Zoom Meeting ID before each meeting. BAI will record the live sessions.

In addition to the Online Program, the Berlin Art Institute offers an international Studio Program, a Residency ProgramPortfolio Courses, a Spring Academy, an Arts Incubator, a Friends Program, and the presentation and exhibition display 404 | BAI.

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