Becoming-Creature/Interactive Media Field Review

I am devising a performance in a gallery that combines interactive video installation and dancers becoming-creature. I postulate that the interactive installation prepares spectators to examine their frame of reference and participate in their own viewing of the live performance. A creative process derived from Deleuzian philosophy of “becoming-animal” removes the need to align with…

Vasifis, Oxipit, Unknown A, and Sylv

The performers, Sydney Samson, Abby Koskinas, Caitlyn Higley, Kara Komarnitsky, and I created this quartet together. Each performer imagined and became their unique creature. (Please excuse the jarring edits–the piece was performed in the round and videoed from opposite corners.)

Unbecoming Human: An Online Screendance Festival

Curatorial Statement This two-part online screendance festival explores the possibilities and abilities that “unbecoming human” creates. Screendances in part one if the program present unbecoming human through becoming creature. In these screendance pieces, humans perform animality or creature-ness, through movement vocabulary and edited or mediated imagery. While some characters in these films seem limited by…

Experiential Window System

This interactive window came on the heels of a video installation that I made for the Hopkin’s Hall Gallery, State of Swing. Making this, I considered reality’s complexity, and the filtering and framing we do to make meaning for ourselves. Two videos play simultaneously, and filters hang on a pedestal for viewers to pick up and look…

A Walk in the Woods

I wanted to get away from the keyboard for this assignment, and make something that asked people to move and make noise. I considered making some sort of mock fight what got people to dodge or gesture to certain sides of their body, but I didn’t want to make anything violent. Serendipitously, I was an outdoor gathering while…

A Story with Sound

Assigned to use sounds to tell a story of cultural significance, I watched hours of news footage from the morning of September 11, 2001, and processed the events as if for the first time. I was shocked that morning, but it all felt surreal. There were so many pieces that I couldn’t understand as a 14…

State of Swing (Hopkins Hall Gallery Oct 15 – Nov 29)

What you need to know before you watch: I created this film for exhibition in a gallery show called Cinema Expanded. It will be in the Hopkins Hall Gallery from Monday, October 15 to Thursday, November 29.  The projector sits on a pedestal on the gallery, shining this film onto a white wall. Colored gels (or filters) hang…

Fringe Festival Reflection

As I fly back to Columbus after 10 magical days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I’m relishing in the developed relationships, attended performances, and our seven performances of Pie Equals Square at Zoo Southside. Although I missed the first few days of MFA year two, I attended over 20 performances ranging from African and Western concert dance,…

Edinburgh Fringe (Aug. 16-22)

After almost two years of rehearsals, I have just finished a weekend of Pie Equals Square performances, and the audiences in Minneapolis seemed to enjoy the work! Paula Mann, the choreographer, creates like mad! In fact, I think she scrapped about 2/3 (if not more) of the movement that had once been in the piece–vehemently rejecting…

Contra: Dance & Conflict Paper Presentation

Thanks to the Ray Travel Award, the Arts & Humanities Small Grants and the OSU Department of Dance Semester Funding Initiative, I have just returned from the 2018 Dance Studies Association conference, a meeting of international dance scholars and practitioners in Valletta, Malta. My paper compared the experiences of the Syrian-Lebanese population with those of…