Bodies, landscapes, and the air that we breathe

Frizell, Caroline. 2023. Bodies, landscapes, and the air that we breathe. Kritika Kultura(40), pp. 71-85. ISSN 2094-6937 [Article]

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This article maps out material-discursive entanglements of bodies and landscapes, speaking from bodies-in-movement as eco-kinetic, poetic phenomena. The first-hand personal experience of waiting on the end of a phone line for information on disability support becomes a springboard to unpack the term material-discursive, locating it in posthuman thinking, with a focus on the way normative discourses become inscribed at an embodied level. When Covid-19 arrived, or perhaps erupted from within, bodies turned into sites of suspicion and precarity, mirroring the oppressive clout of normative discourses, that move invisibly and insidiously, creating and being created by relations of power. Hands, face and space became a focus of attention; don’t touch, cover your nose and mouth and keep your distance; the Other carries potential contamination and constituted boundaries of human relations are exposed as zones of exclusion(s) are amplified. During Covid, there grew a stark realisation that the self is a phenomenon implicated within a relational matrix in which we are only OK, if we are all OK. Macro, mezzo and micro matters connect at every manoeuvre as we (and who does that mean) navigate personal, political and cultural landscapes. Each breath is a reminder that I am matter, connected to all that is pumped into the air, from salty breezes from the Atlantic, to oxygen gifted by the eucalyptus, to polluted layers of city smog; what we do to the air, we breath back in; what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. This writing seeks to identify how an understanding of bodies-in-movement as ecokinetic poetic phenomena can promote empathic and compassionate socio-cultural and political relationships towards creating cultures of care.

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Forum Kritika on Dancing Democracy in a Fractured World, is a special, themed, section of the online open access journal Kritika Kultura arising from Our Dance Democracy 2, a conference organised online by Dr. Sarah Black (Liverpool Hope University) and Karen Gallagher and Associates (11 and 12 February 2021).


Material-discursive, posthuman, dance movement psychotherapy, cultures of care, disability.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


9 June 2022Accepted
20 March 2023Published

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10 Jun 2022 16:42

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18 Apr 2023 12:23

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