The F/OL\D as Somatic/Artistic Practice



image: Susan Sentler; dancer Valerie Lim


A 2-day ONLINE workshop in art curation

through movement improvisation, imagery and multimedia

Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson 

10th & 11th of July

9 am to Noon each day (EDT) (2 pm GMT+1 CET)





The F/ol\d is an exploration into the infinite manifestations of folding – of matter, body, mind and material.This workshop offers another immersion into The F/ol\d.

The Plot? Palimpsest


How does movement enfold into memory – ephemeral movements that lurk at the edges of experience? The palimpsest is a porous layering of enfolded fragments – an opaque account of our historicity of the past and of the present. In this workshop, we will draw upon this powerful metaphor, unleashing its catalytic power to unearth life’s unfolding continuum. We’ll engage with movement and multimedia play, discovering the agency of the palimpsest and its potential as curator in artmaking, Together, we’ll co-create a collage, perhaps a loose narrative of motifs, patterns, images, signposts and plots, nestled within the fluid strata – at once history, her/theirstory and our/story.


Saturday and Sunday, 10th & 11th of July, 2021 ONLINE

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





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!