Floating Departures IFAFF Screening

Dance Performance

I am so honoured that Floating Departures is a part of the International Fine Arts Film Festival in Santa Barbara! All films are available to view online now!

Check out Floating Departures in Dance Part One: https://internationalfineartsfilmfestival.com/dance-part-one

screenshot from: https://internationalfineartsfilmfestival.com/dance-part-one

Paper Presentation at MOCO ’22 in Chicago

Presentations, Research

I am excited to present my paper at the 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO) on Friday, June 24th as part of paper session #3. See the full program and abstracts here: https://moco22.movementcomputing.org/program.html

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.

Floating Departures Screening at the Dance Center in Chicago

Dance Performance, Publications, Research

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.

The screening takes place at the Dance Center 1306 S Michigan Ave. from 5:00-9:00pm along with many other dance and technology works. For more information on the program of events see: https://moco22.movementcomputing.org/about.html

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!


Screen capture from Floating Departures (2021) film by Shannon Cuykendall and Steve DiPaola in collaboration with Alexandra Pickrell and Roya Pishvaei. This frame features performer Roya Pishvaei.

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.