ABSTRACT: Disseminating dance in online spaces provides an opportunity for kinesthetic knowledge to reach broader audiences. However, the transmission of dance in online spaces also primarily relies on visual and aural modalities that cannot fully capture the nuanced physical sensations of a kinesthetic experience. In recent years there has been an influx of interactive online dance resources; yet there is little analysis of how these works effectively translate kinesthetic knowledge to online audiences. We bring together research in dance film and interaction design practices to explore kinesthetic transmission in online spaces and conduct analyses on interactive digital dance resources. Based on our literature review and analyses of these dance resources we propose the I-TEC design framework for kinesthetic transmission. In this framework, Instructional, Translational, Exploratory, and Contextual interactions are brought together to expose the multiple embodiments, perspectives, and translations of kinesthesia.
My dance film Floating Departures, will be screened in Chicago on Wednesday, June 22nd as part of the International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). A behind the scenes documentary where we describe our process will also be screened following the film.
Virtual and in-person registration is available for the conference: https://moco22.movementcomputing.org/attend.html To see any of the practice works in-person please register for ‘Regular In-Person’ and use the promo code MOCOART at checkout ($25 USD).
Unfortunately I will not there in person, but am hoping to connect with attendees on Discord!
Please also see our paper that will be published in conjunction with the screening: “Floating Departures: Developing Quarantine Dance Technique as an Artistic Practice Beyond the Pandemic”
Abstract: We describe our process of quarantine dance technique in making the dance film and meditation, Floating Departures. This work, created during lockdown in 2021, brings together dance movement, poetry, painterly styles, and sound to explore cyclical patterns and points of departure in movement and life. To create Floating Departures we used a broad range of technologies–from everyday objects to smartphones to AI art systems. We experiment with various techniques to record ourselves and bring our movement together in a shared digital space with post-production video editing techniques. Using a bricolage approach, we incorporate materials, such as bubble wrap and balloons, to transform our spaces and explore our personal experiences during lockdown. We construct multiple layers of reality that are further transformed in unanticipated directions with AI technologies. Through our creation process, we develop a collective physical body to explore a new realm, unbound by reason or logic, that was only made possible through our remote collaborative processes and technologically-mediated interactions.
So honoured that Floating Departures will be part of the 6th edition of IMARP-Mostra Internacional de Dança – Imagens em Movimento. Films will be screened online for free via the IMARP YouTube channel Dec. 13-18, 2021. See https://www.facebook.com/imarp2021/posts/288435996598734 for more information!