We Contain Space and We Are Within Space.

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-- Excerpts from The Liberated Body Podcast, an interview with Joanne Avison

  • The architecture of the body is under tension: referred to scientifically as pre-stiffened or pretensioned.
  • Our bones grow slightly faster than our soft tissue. So they take up the space and tension the soft tissue which follows it and fills it out.
  • We are closed structures and we are formed under this tension on every scale.
  • It’s the appropriate tensioning of the tissues that gives it its characteristics.
  • When a muscle contracts, which is all it can do, it’s got something to pull on In order that you can move. So that architecture and structure becomes absolutely essential to its function.
  • We exist in the round~ so how do we explain ourselves in round-ness? It’s calling for some pretty big arguments among scientists about (it’s) nomenclature.
  • We are in the round. We contains space. And we are within space.
  • So the problem is bones are omitted because they’re considered to be discontinuous, yet in the biotensegrity architecture you have to have discontinuous floating compression to makein the round.
  • This is where we are daring to butt up against classical biomechanics, because if for example, if the elbow is a lever and a lever is a two-bar open chain with a pin, where is the pin? Where is the pin...we have a joint space...
  • We are formed in the round. We start off roughly spherical as a cell and that cell divides and divides and divides until it becomes what is called a morilla (meaning mulberry or think of a blackberry or raspberry) We are inside a membrane called the zona pellucida.
  • No one knows how cellular specialization takes place. The word that professor Evans allowed to me was spatialization. Because what the embryo appears to do as it grows and forms and wraps around things is (to create) this blueprint (that) includes how it creates and folds and is enfolded by spaces.
  • So called muscles are continuities. If we learned movement in terms of folds, (like fabric) I don’t think we’d make so many mistakes and I don’t think we’d have so many Injuries.

-- Excerpts from The Liberated Body Podcast, an interview with Joanne Avison