Movement Masterclass /w Dmitry Paranyushkin (BLN)
∞OS Bodymimesis Movement
∞OS /eight-os/ is a free open-source operating system for the bodymind. Its objective is to provide a set of habits, tools and patterns that promote adaptability, resilience and evolutionary development – both on the personal (user) level and in society at large.
The core principle of ∞OS is a wave: a build-up or escalation  is followed by conservation (assimilation) , which is followed by release , followed by reorganization (redirection and dissipation) , followed by a new process of escalation (response)  – like an ∞ (8).
∞OS is a software that runs on the hardware of the human body and that is the primary scale it operates at. Human body is a vessel for discovering, understanding, storing and transmitting information. Life itself has been shaped by evolution and contains many efficient strategies for dealing with the constantly changing world – both on the micro level (biology) and on the macro level (social dynamics). We distill and extract those principles and then systematize them into coherent frameworks, algorithms and procedures, which can be applied in a variety of contexts: from everyday life and intersubjective relations to management and governance.
In our lab sessions we explore various physical, psychological and behavioral patterns in order to challenge our limits and enhance our perception, endurance and adaptability. We hack our own psyche and physicality, playing with it and surprising ourselves with the new outcomes.
In order to do that, we use various bodymind practices, such as Systema martial art, which trains endurance and adaptability, both on the physical and psychological levels. We also apply principles from many other body / cognitive practices, including Noguchi Taiso, aerodynamics, nonlinear dynamics, motion capture, Butoh, Techno, contemporary dance, network science, biology and life sciences, various technological tools, fiction – everything that can stimulate our imagination and expand our horizons.
Short Bio: Agent Dmitry Paranyushkin
"Since I was a child I realized that while our mind is very good in understanding things, it’s only through our bodies that we can really make sense of them. I learned Karate, Kung-Fu, piano, swimming, contemporary dance, yoga and many other practices and they were all really inspiring in their own way. The most interesting part, however, is combining everything you have learned into a system, abstracting the movement principles in order to better understand how they could be applicable outside of the learned context, creating your own figures of movement (just like we have figures of speech) in order to better communicate with yourself and with the world around."