A Future of Embodied Scientific Practices - Ulrike Scholtes

Through playful and sensorial exploration of our bodies, we have created space-compositions, mingled, entangled, worked impulsively, and expanded our understanding of body boundaries. Alongside our engagement with food and text, we have learned from nature and experienced decolonial and intersectional creation. As a result, our bodies and minds should now be calibrated to think about a future of embodied scientific practices.

Reflecting on our experiences of this evening, we ask ourselves: what bodies did we become? How can we integrate the knowledge and experiences of this evening, practicing our bodies while practicing science? In this plenary session, we will explore how we can harvest from our embodied awareness (including our relationality and entanglements) produced by the varying sessions and performances of this evening, to inform scientific practices.

What are the bodies we want to have, be and do as science practitioners. What bodies could we become? Ulrike Scholtes will guide this plenary session, joined by the artists and scientists present at this festival, and offer prompts to help us articulate our thoughts and insights in ways that are grounded in and draw on the embodied practices we have explored throughout the evening.

About Ulrike


Ulrike Scholtes (PhD, she/her) works at the intersection of art and (social) science. She is specialized in body awareness, bodily knowledge, embodied methods and artistic research. She teaches and supervises artistic research projects (on bachelor, master and PhD level) and teaches scientist and artists about the role of the body in practicing research. Building on her background in art, anthropology and body work, she teaches body awareness as a research skill. In her artistic practice, she creates site-specific performative interventions that shift people’s ways of relating to their body, their environment and other bodies.

As a teacher/researcher Ulrike works for research centre What Art Knows, iArts and the Master in Theatre (Zuyd), the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (UvA) and MERIAN.