Human Origami 

Exploring how the body folds for  

Movement creation

Artistic expression

Embodied transformation

Sonic exploration 

Scientific understanding

 

Human Origami is

 A guided movement process in bodily folding.

Human Origami workshops explore how the body folds and unfolds in response to  an enriched sensory environment.

 

An evolving array of multimedia collaborations and performances.

Performing artists, somatic movement artists, visual and sound artists partner with biologists, bio-engineers, physicists, and other scientists. Collaborations of all kinds can give rise to new aesthetics and art forms.

 

A bridge between art and science.

The arts offer new ways of envisioning and understanding scientific data. Science offers theories as conceptual forms and structures for artistic exploration.  These paradigms can then be expressed and examined in new contexts of movement, fabric, paper, and sound.

 

An embodied process of body-mind transformation.  

Folding is a force basic to all experience. Inward folding and outward expansion is one moving continuum. The sonic fold adds another layer of the process, one that engages primarily the ear, and then through the entire body. Paper and fabric add another layer of texture, both tactile and auditory. These media serve as catalysts and frameworks that support the Human Origami experience.

 

A window into human development

Bio-Origami sheds light on human development. Folding is how we got here.  Prenatally, we fold inwardly, creating organ complexity. We also unfold outwardly, expressing our potential to move into the world. Revisiting these early folding dynamics through Human Origami recalls our biological history. For more, read Glenna Batson’s articleHuman Origami: The Embryo as a Folding Life Continuum in the first edition of the International Journal of Pre-Natal and Life Sciences.

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