Dear friends, 

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of How the Body Makes Marks, an exhibition curated by Chelsea Rushton in UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (April 2 - 21, 2018). 

Since 2008, Professor Galen Cranz has collected approximately 200 pairs of drawings from students in her annual Body Conscious Design seminar in support of a hypothesis that deliberately priming the brain through somatic exercises can influence perception and creativity in drawing and design. The drawings depict common elements of the built environment at different scales—handles, lamps, buildings, urban plazas—drawn as pairs in two different brain states. Participants produce the first drawings after stimulating the neocortex with simple arithmetic; they create the second drawings after stimulating the brainstem and limbic system with exercises that focus awareness on body organs. 

The drawings visually demonstrate the effects of somatic experience on the act of drawing itself and on the implications of drawing in the design process. How the Body Makes Marks invites viewers to envision the qualities in architecture that the drawings foretell, and it promotes somatic practices as tools for designing the built environment with and for the whole body.

Professor Cranz has taught social-cultural approaches to architecture in CED for over four decades. Here, she has evolved a specialization in Body Conscious Design and gathered most of the drawings on display. This coming May, she will celebrate her retirement from 43 years of teaching in the Architecture Department at UC Berkeley. This exhibition documents the contributions of past and present students to Body Conscious Design's expansion as a field of architectural research and creativity.

* With remarks from Curator Chelsea Rushton and Professor Galen Cranz. Refreshments will be served.

* If you can't make it to the reception, visit the exhibition anytime Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, and/or join us for Happenings—live somatic drawing sessions—in the gallery on Thursdays April 12 and 19 from 12 - 1 pm.