Abstract

Abstract

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Abstract

Our mammalian instinct hasn’t changed since pre-historical times and still triggers a fight-or-flight response to stress. All though most stressors today are perceived dangers, they can keep us in a constant state of alert and lead to sickness. One coping strategy is to focus attention on the present moment. While awareness characterizes mindfulness and flow, practices leading to these states of being often involve tangible interaction with material things. With the extended mind approach, biofeedback, knitting and bodily repetition were researched to investigate how engaging with things can enhance the present moment and findings will be experienced in an installation. In a time where our material world is in a technological entropy, it becomes vital to connect with our humaneness and agency in the context of well-being.