Written by: Kirsten Williams Edited By: Anna Wohlrab and Gioel Gioacchino

Coding is the process of categorizing and making sense of your research data.

This exercise will help interpret your data through movement and images – watch what else comes out when you embody your codes…

Our experience using this technique:

The inspiration for this exercise came about in the middle of a workshop with Hector Aristizabal – a theatre practitioner working with methodologies such as theatre of the oppressed, theatre of witness, and rituals, among other things. Movement is a big component of Hector’s work. During the workshop we played with creating images and shapes with our body, alone and with others, while moving through the space. Hector encouraged us to take on different postures and remember the posture so that we could go back to it and create a series. He wanted to encourage us to tap into the language of the body and he referred to each position as a ‘code’ – at this point we thought ‘coding!’. Could embodying research codes help us discover something new?

Since then, we have piloted the exercise to find that coding with our body can be very insightful…

Research and Development:

What are we trying to understand about the community?
Why is it important for the community’s development?
At what stage(s) of the research cycle is this method used?


What do I need?
How long does it take?

Benefits and Challenges

What are the benefits of using this technique?
What are the challenges of using this technique?



How to adapt the technique
Tips and Traps

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