BODY is OBJECT is OBJECT is BODY

by Kathy Couch

This is a practice developed to explore humility and utility.

This is a practice to know that objects are people, too. And people are objects, too.

This is a practice to understand the body as an object, no more special than all the objects it encounters and is held by every day. AND that it is just as special as each of them.

This is a practice to expand our understanding of what our body object can do,

particularly when we put it into specific, attentive relationship to another specific object body.

(here we can think of body as ‘any separate object that has mass’)

This is a practice developed to push against assumptions we might hold

about what our body object does and how, what our body objects are for, how they can relate to other objects, and what they can become.


This is a practice to push against assumptions we might hold about what other object bodies do, what they are good for, and what they can become.

[Note: one way to free yourself from assumption is to slow down your process of perceiving.

Remember, perceiving is a choosing (a composing) that we practice ALL. THE. TIME. So, we get very good at it, very fast at it. We are efficient. But, we can choose to expand the time between when we receive information and when we translate it into or file it as something we know. And it is in that gap, this extension of perceiving, that we can discover and allow to emerge things we hadn’t before given time and attention to become.]

The BODY is OBJECT score involves and audio component in which you will be led through the score by Kathy Couch

1. Download the audio track for The BODY is OBJECT. (you can click the yellow audio button link, above, to download all audio tracks for this website) to your phone or listening device. There is some space within the recording, but feel free to pause during times when you need more time for exploration.


2. Ask someone in your household to choose an object for you to work with during this score. The only requirements are:

  • it is not an irreplaceably, precious object.

  • it is not dangerous or easily breakable into dangerous parts

Otherwise, the object can be of any size or shape, made of any material. It could be a book, a jug of water, a ladder, a feather, a box of spaghetti, etc. But it should be something that is very much itself. If you live alone, try to remember the first object you touched this morning once you left your bedroom. Use that object in this exercise.

3. Have the object conspicuously placed in the space/room where you will be practicing this score.

4. Once the object is placed, join the object in the room and find a conspicuous location to place your own body object.

Begin listening to the recording.

Prompts for Response (choose one or more and share in the comments, below):
  • Write a letter to your object describing your experience of and how you were changed by your first encounter. Describe some things you imagine doing together the next time you meet. Ask some questions about any lingering curiosities you have about the object and about yourself.

  • Read the poem Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. Write a free-form response poem articulating the objects/bodies you wish to be famous to and how.

  • Take a photo portrait of the object body. Take a photo portrait of your body object. Post these side-by-side.

  • Have someone take a classic portrait of you and your object together that captures some aspect of your relationship. Post this in the response.

  • Make a 2-3 minute improvised duet with your object. Allow your object to determine the ending. Write 2 sentences or phrases that capture a sense of that ending (or beginning) and offer them in the comments below as a prompt for yourself or someone else.

  • Make a 2-3 minute improvised duet with your object. Allow your object to determine the beginning. Write 2 sentences or phrases that capture a sense of that ending (or beginning) and offer them in the comments below as a prompt for yourself or someone else.

  • Create an 2-3 minute improvised solo for you object, exploring qualities, movements, shapes, and intentions that you have discovered thus far in your relationship. Once complete, create a title for this solo and offer it as a prompt for someone else in the comments below.

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