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The F/ol\d as Somatic/Artistic Practice
Oct 2022 hybrid workshop – London, UK
a catalytic conversation in art making
image: Susan Sentler, dancer: Valerie Lim
Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson
Artistic creation hinges on experiencing the moving body in new ways. In this workshop, Susan and Glenna
invite you to explore the aesthetic dynamics hidden within a simple fold. Drawing upon their decade of
collaboration, the two facilitators provide a portal through which to explore the multidimensionality of
folding. They offer this entry into movement creation through an approach to somatic embodiment and
The word drift finds its derivation in Old English, meaning, ‘a being driven’ (like snow,
perhaps). As well, drift suggests a sense of ‘what one is getting at,’ (as in, ‘Do you catch
my drift?’). When embodied and embedded in creative process, drift becomes a
powerful agent in art making. Far from passive and listless, drift acts as an embodied
nemesis in the controlling mind. Drifting is a catalytic agent, one that allows both mind and body to let go of
habitual control and the limits of finality, common obsessions that interfere with creativity – or simply, what comes next.
Drift ramifies…meeting an array of fragments and phantoms as it suspends in space-time.
Drift-as-fold seeps and slips effortlessly through embodied portals where gravity gives way
to free fall. Multidimensional and dimensionless, drifting folds invite the moving witness to
rise, loom, dissipate and re-emerge in the liminal, shapeshifting matrix.
Here, participants discover new pathways that connect embodied perception
with the emergence of movement freedom.
Susan and Glenna invite everyone to contribute to creating the group field, an immersive, sensory
rich environment. Here, participants can enter and exit in the en/unfolding continuum, exploring
the many manifestations of folds adrift. You’ll partner in a process of making with different forms
of multi-media – paper, fabric, photography, drawing, and filming. A multiplicity of images arise from the experiential mix
of material ‘batter’ – material/matter to curate building a generative archive/anarchive. The
emergence of novel images will transcend the moment, becoming art.
Come enjoy the disparate possibilities of entangling in the fold, adrift with no origin or end.
London Performance Studios Penarth St London UK
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