Coming 2023!

Embodied Practices in Art Making: The Fold

Susan Sentler and Glenna Batson

Intellect Books

 image: Susan Sentler, Jamie Forth, Dancer Valerie Lim


Now in their 10th year of collaboration, Susan Sentler and Glenna Batson snagged a contract with Intellect Books  Embodied Processes in Art Making: The F/ol\d,  prospective date of publication early 2023.


Not merely ‘about’ folding…but rather, an evolving practice of macro- and micro dimensions – body, paper, fabric, photography, sound.


We are delighted to invite five notable authors and a graphic artist to join us in a beehive body-storming session around this exciting project.  Notables include:


Meghna Bhardwaj,  dance artist/faculty, Performing Arts, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi

Jude Casseday, independent soundscape artist, Durham NC USA

Sony Devabhaktuni, faculty, Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Jamie Forth, digital artist/faculty, Computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Daniela Monasterios Tan, faculty, Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza, independent designer, Boston MA USA

Matthew Wang & Sophie DeSeriere, multimedia artists, The Netherlands


For our publisher…

Honing perceptual abilities through embodied practices has been an evolving hallmark of 21sst century artistic research. This book explicates how the processes of artistically focused, practice-based research can apply to making – of anything really – whether of human or nonhuman material. The pedagogy is rooted in embodiment – drawing upon human ingenuity as revealed in the patterning and principles of the living body and in the impulse to create. The approach encompasses a range of possibilities for somatic exploration, curation and an-archiving, whether for performance or for other product realization. Conceived as art-made-differently, The F/ol\d seeks to go beyond the creator’s default mode to engage creatively with the unknown. What we aim for is to spin a meshwork of multiplicity and distillation  – one that opens to new vantage points for solo- or co-creation.  In this sense, the work reaches outside of the constraints of disciplinarity into new worlds. As such, The F/ol\d has appeal to any number of niche areas because its processes adhere to the very nature of embodiment within art making and its underlying tensions and ambiguities.


Select collaborative writings by Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson

pdfs by request –


Batson G, Sentler S (2017). How visual and kinesthetic imagery shape movement improvisation. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 9:2.


Batson G (2017). Human Origami: The embryo as a folding life continuum. International Journal of Prenatal and Life Sciences. 1:1.


Sentler S. (2019). The liquid architecture of bodily folding. In Lushetich, N (Ed), Symbolism: Beyond Mind. Berlin: DeGuyter publishers.


Sentler S, Batson G. Human Origami: uncovering meta-levels of corporeal embodiment through movement improvisation. In: Burridge, S (Ed), Embodied Performativity in Southeast Asia: Multidisciplinary Corporeality. Routledge, 2021.


Sampling Glenna’s Writings


Over the last decade, I’ve published two books and (earlier) a number of articles – peer-reviewed research and popular press.

Read about my books on my Amazon author page.


Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation, with contribution by Dr. Margaret Wilson. University of Chicago Press 2014.


Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives, editor and contributor, with Amanda Williamson, Sarah Whatley and Rebecca Weber. University of Chicago Press 2014.



Articles- both personal interest & scholarly


Dance and Parkinson’s Research


Verbal Auditory Cueing of Improvisational Dance: A Proposed Method for Training Agency in Parkinson’s Disease,  G Batson, CE Hugenschmidt, CT Soriano Frontiers in Neurology 2016. open access


This article was shortlisted for aFrontiers Special Topicsaward in 2017. The trailer video of the research received honorable mention at the Parkinson’s World Congress 2013,  Glenna Batson, Coming Together – Dance Improvisation and Parkinson’s Disease (Thanks to Nick Hristov and the team at the Center for Design Innovation, Winston-Salem, NC).


Dance Science


Batson G. Exercise-induced central fatigue – A frontier for dance science research. Special Issue on Overuse in Dance Training (invited paper), Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 2013; 17 (3): 92-100.


Central Fatigue JDMS V17N2 2013Batson


Human Origami


Batson G. Human Origami: The Embryo as a Folding Life Continuum. International Journal of Prenatal and Life Sciences 2017 Human Origami_IJPLS copy


Critical Somatics


Kampe T, Batson G. Dancing Critical Somatics – An Emancipatory Education for the Future? Chapter in Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance in the 21st Century.  London: Dance Books (2020).  

Dance & Somatics


Batson G: The Somatic practice of intentional rest in dance education – Preliminary steps towards a method of study. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2010 Intentional Rest_Batson


HITE cover

Batson G. The Alexander Technique and the science of self-regulation. In: Health Integrated Training and Education (HITE), Alexander Technique in Context, London: UK 2014HITE Chapter_Glenna Batson


 Batson_AT publication summary_1993-2021

Summary of all my publications on the Alexander technique since the early 1990’s

Available on request!