Monthly Archives December 2017

Origami. Inspiring new anatomical paradigms

Origami paper making began in the 6th century by Japanese Buddhist monks. At that time paper was a precious commodity, so origami was reserved mainly for ritual ceremonies. By the 19th century, origami spread to the west.  Friedrich Fröbel, the founder of the kindergartens, recognized the importance of origami in developing children’s minds. In the 1920’s artist Josef Albers (father of color theory and minimalism in art) taught origami paper folding at the Bauhaus. His work subsequently influenced other modern artists, including Japanese origami artist Kunihiko Kasahara, known for his simple paper cubes that conceal hidden complexity. Today, origami continues
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Human Origami and the Practice of Multiplicities

The scene: a large open studio dotted with folded shapes. Slowly, these shapes begin to shift, moving like ice floes. It’s a session in Human Origami, an improvised movement ritual of folding and unfolding. My guidance acts like spoken word, a non-prescriptive, somatic vocabulary that speaks to the body, to movement, and to memory. Musician Jude Casseday creates an electronic soundscape of harmonics that enter, exit, and re-enter, shaping the space. Movers ride on this word-and-sound bath and the spatial surround in a moving continuum. We are practicing effortlessness, a form of embodied listening where there’s no need to go
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