the most peculiar forms of
movement is standing still.
And no one can stand still
like a guard of honor does.
They are known from official
buildings all around the world,
those uniformed men, who,
like the proverbial tin soldiers,
perform their duties to the
left and to the right of the
entrance. Oftentimes they are
photographed, people try to
make them laugh or try other
Nothing seems to be more far
off for our frantic society, than
standing to attention. That
this standing still is itself a
form of movement, is usually
overlooked. As a matter of fact:
One cannot not move. The
blood is pulsing, something
is itching on the side of the
shoulder, some dry tickly
cough is making its way. All of
that has to be dealt with in the
mind. And again something is
The honor guard of the
Austrian Armed Forces has
expressed its willingness to
offer a technical training in the
art of standing still in the
frame of BMfB. What happens
in the mind when the body is
still? Which strategies can we
use in order to attain a state of
apparent stillness? A Yoga class
of a special kind, that deals to
no less an extent with the use
of ones own body. Thanks to
the commitment of the Guard,
the BMfB can widen its range
into a field, that is not yet
offered in weekend-courses.
The choreography of the Honor Guard of the Austrian Armed Forces.
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Federal Ministry of Movement (BMfB)
The BMfB is the youngest ministry in Austria, and so far the only one of its kind in the world.
The 9 New Austrians will enhance well-being in Austria by way of transforming typical Austrian activities into sequences of exercise. The exercises foster health and support a relaxed way of dealing with Austrian myths, history and everyday life.
As a result of industrialization and the digitalization of the means of production many traditional crafts, rites, rituals and celebrations are ceasing to exist or have already vanished in the face of globalisation.
The Dept. of Movement Affairs if the Swiss Confederation (EDfB)
In the framework of the “Plan for the International Promotion and Distribution of the Activities and Principles” of the BMfB the initiative for the founding of a Department of movement Affairs of the Swiss Confederation was launched.
Movement Affairs (INAM) belongs to the first initiatives supported in the framework of the ‚Plan for the International Promotion and Distribution of the Activities and Principles‘ of the BMfB with the objective of creating an International Network of Movement Development Administrations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In the last 5 years the Austrian Ministry for movement Affairs has been present in numerous events focusing on cultural policies in Europe and abroad, lobbying for the existence of an updated discourse on body and perception in the political field.