The F/OL\D as Somatic/Artistic Practice



Image: Susan Sentler with Jamie Forth, Dancer: Valerie Lim

Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson

Saturday/Sunday, 25th-26th of September 2021


The word code dates back to the 1300’s. This ancient word originally referred to the stem of a tree or wooden tablet smeared over with wax – a palimpsest, a semi-permanent record etched into memory – personal and collective. For the F/ol\d as somatic/artistic practice, the word codex suggests a porous record of one’s historicity. The practice offers a space that reveals all that lies within the liminality  of artmaking.  The F/ol\d-as-codex arises in the moment of moving perception as a fluid system of convex-concave shapings. These tonic signals are tensions that shimmer and shift as they pass seamlessly from enfolding to unfolding and back again. Diacritical markings become hieroglyphic motifs, yet to be deciphered within a field of multi-media play, one co-created by all virtual participants. Abstract or concrete, the code divulges its provenance – the generative stem that surfaces as image, object and movement – yielding a new languaging, a text in the materiality of meaning. Glyph or graphic, gesture or gif, the F/ol\d is a conduit for all things becoming, wrought, and shared.  Come join us online in this re-markable moment in artmaking. We welcome a diversity of experience, regardless of movement training or knowledge of artmaking.


Saturday and Sunday, 25th – 26th of September.

Starting time 9 am EDT both days (2pm UK/Ireland, CET+1)


Fee: €60 both days or €40 one day payable before September 24th to Susan Sentler by PayPal

NOTE: Refer a friend who registers and receive a €20 euro reduction in the 2-day fee.


Please fill out the application either attached to your email or online at

Zoom link will be sent within 2 days of the workshop.

For further information, contact Susan Sentler



Unfolding Entanglements

Through Movement Exploration & Sound

Human Origami* is an embodied improvisational movement practice developed by Glenna and Susan Sentler that explores the multiple dimensions of bodily folding. This basic human movement repertoire lies at the heart of our biological archive. From the emergence of cellular DNA to our growth and development throughout life, we enfold and unfold in a myriad of shapes and patterns.  In recent decades, scientists have invested in unraveling the mysteries of protein folding – a dizzying array of shapes and patterns occurring at dizzying speeds. Proper folding at this micro-scale seems critical to health. While we can’t know the relationship between cause and effect of disease at this point, we can explore this ‘theory’ somatically – through embodied movement.  This we did on March 28th by zoom platform.  Glenna is beginning to introduce human origami to an enthusiastic group of folks living with Parkinson’s disease and like-minded dance artists. The movement session also was inspired by a sound score improvised by soundscape artist Jude Casseday.  Jude’s blog captures the spirit of the event – one that the human origami team will continue to explore as the art-science idea takes off….and there’s more…


Human Origami is


An evolving STEAM network

STEAM stands for scientists, technology experts, engineers, artists and mathematicians – a trans-disciplinary network whose collaborations give rise to new art forms and scientific insights. Human Origami invites collaborations around the science and art of folding, offering new ways of envisioning and understanding the underlying aesthetic of life’s processes. Performing artists partner with bioengineers to fashion designers. The result? A new perspective on the aesthetics and logistics of human organization.


An embodied process of body-mind transformation.  

Human Origami movement workshops explore how the body folds and unfolds in response to an enriched sensory environment of movement, music, language and multi-media that engage body, mind and ear – a liminal experience that transforms consciousness and catalyzes creativity in movement expression.


A window into human development –

Folding is the basic movement repertoire and an archive etched into the history of human development.  Bio-Origami is how we got here, a continuum throughout the lifespan. Folding is how the embryo builds a body without a brain – a brilliance that speaks to the fundamentals of movement dynamics in the ecosystem of life.

GALLERY  – A glimpse of our past events!