Adel Andalibi PhD.
My work briefly is about paying attention to "attention". No matter if I am wearing my hats of a somatic educator/therapist or an anthropologist, I love engaging with the question of how we live our attention and how/why we do what we are doing. My research and teaching constantly inquires the details of the unique or common journey we embark to think, feel and act the way we do as human beings in the world we live in. In particular I am interested in the somatic and visual aspects of emotional communication. I listen to people's tension and attention. For doing so I use wide variety of approaches of inquiry from social sciences and somatic psychology to ancient/contemporary spiritual or inquiry practices.
I am founder of Here & Now Institute, taught at Universities of Tehran, Peking and Osaka and I am a board member at Commission on Visual Anthropology at IUAES. In the Somatic world I am ISMETA qualified practitioner, pending member.
My most recent work in Somatics is what I will offer for 16th Annual Body Mind Centering Conference: "Water rituals as somatic practice" July 2017, and a book Chapter on “contact improvisation as a paradaigm for therapeutic thinking”
Also some of my recent time is spent on developing a bodywork modality I have devised, which I like to call "Tuning Bodywork", which besides being a dynamic fusion of Thai massage and dance, it touches attachment styles, and hypothetically is an intervention to the attachment pattern of the person receiving.
On a given day of a week, I am either teaching around China, occasionally Japan and Taiwan (Authentic movement/contact improvisation), or seeing a private client (Hakomi or Tuning work), or involved with ethnographic research at Sensory Ethnography Lab. In between and during all of these my brain is flooded by the caffein from Taiwanese tea or dopamine from a contact improvisation jam. Drinking:No, cooking Yes. Animals: Yes. Politics: It is also about attention when it is accumulated.
I studied two graduate degrees, one in philosophy and religious studies and one in Culture and Communication. Also degrees in sensory motor psychotherapy and Hakomi. Yet most of my useful learning experiences occurred through self study, experience, or short encounters with brilliant educators,
Useful approaches and Disciplines I have learnt from or practiced long term, that colors my way of working includes but not limited to:
body Mind Centering
Physical theatre and Clown work
Stanislavsky's Acting realism method
Linguistic philosophy of Wittgenstein
Dao De Jing
I also studied with 9 Zen masters in the beautiful historical Gumengyu's residence at No.13, Heizhima hutong Beijing, all of them are Cats!
Contact Improvisation: I worked with pioneers of the practice including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Andrew Harwood, KJ Holmes, Ray Chong, and a few cats that lived with me. I taught in places both in Asia and north America. Besides being my favorite art-sports, For me CI is an space for research, mindfulness and tapping into transpersonal. Im part of a teacher’s collective that advocates for social justice in the CI practice.
Studied with the first and second generation of Janet Adler’s students namely Susan Schell, and integrated my way with streams from vipassana meditation and hakomi method.
I have been through the feldenkrais training program, but I am not paying the guild’s membership fee and thus not practicing as a practitioner.