L I N E S (inconclusive stream, aesthetic interest)
July 1, 2015
Video Study of Force-Form Duality, Re-Lensing, and why I make so many videos . . .
September 4, 2015
Here is a video I hope can parallel my previous post. It’s a media study of the force-form relationship I have been playing with. Again, I’m not interested at all in the gender-centric aspect of this idea, and this might come as a surprise being that I’m wearing a skirt in the video (shouldn’t have worn that damn skirt). At the time of the recording I was playing with gender breaking which is a prerequisite in every artist’s development nowadays (come on, its 2015). From a conceptual viewpoint, it may can pictorialize some things discussed in the last post. Or not.
I think what I find most interesting about the use of media is how it gives a piece a second life. Besides the obvious function of documentation, which I am very adamant about, playing with picture and video in the dance medium remixes the work, often putting it in a whole new light. It’s a “re-lensing” (quite literally) of sorts, and has become an integral aspect of my current work because of the insight it offers. Now it’s no secret that many artists enter a process with one idea, and exit with a product totally different and unexpected from the initial plan. This has to do with the translation from mental vision/inquiry to the physical manifestation, which is where the WORK really lies (more on this later). “Re-lensing” allows you to take the detours you turned down in your process e.g. new sound, restructuring, timing, use of space, all things that affect tone, theme, concept, intention, I could go on forever.
I’ll admit, I used to use dance video purely for self-marketing. Soon after, I found comfort in the accessibility argument, which I still find cogent (getting dance to where the people are, hello social media). Now, it has become another aspect of the work, literally another lens. Working with genius Natalie James from Visual Barz Productions has really inspired me to explore more media elements in the work. Not only in documentation, but in the live work as well. Our premiere of “MK Ultra Episode 2” at The Current Sessions Volume 5 Issue 2 was a testament to that (ill save The Current Sessions experience for another post or maybe 3).
Looking forward to continue re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-lensing.