Bodies – and their artistic articulations - are key to understanding the complex surroundings that we live in today: they unfold their diagnostic capacities by reconstructing and reflecting, de-normalizing and re-appropriating, testing, imagining and speculating on what conditions our living-together in manifold and multi-layered ways. Small-scale, in the everyday, or at a global level, bodies, here, appear simultaneously as witnesses, documents, and agents as they move across physical and symbolic territories drawn by vectors of power such as nationhood, sovereignty, and normalcy. However, they are not approached as transparent windows that provide unmediated access to reality or as the last resort of authenticity and immediacy. Rather, they us to rethink corporeality today and underscore the intertwinement between aesthetics, politics, and ethics.In five public events, the SODA lecture series 2019 gathers artists from different fields of engagement: dance and choreography, theatre, visual arts and film. They introduce their artistic practices as specific ways of responding to, of intervening and participating in the worlds that we live in by sensorial, performative, choreographic and symbolic strategies.