Is there a way to be gone and still belong?

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In a time of mediated distance, what is lost alongside our kinesthetic sensibility?

Can we retrieve the knowledge borne by our bodies and made manifest in movement?

If all knowledge is rooted in animate forms, then the relevance of these questions has renewed salience in a world of limited physical human contact. This work re-presents the movement of a diverse range of dance artists inside a navigable virtual environment. Through exploration and interaction, visitors are invited to reflect on the vitality of this archive of embodied knowledge and perhaps rediscover a way back to their flesh-bound homes.

Is there a way to be gone and still belong? was exhibited as part of Life, A Sensorium, an exhibition presented at the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2020.

Featuring the recorded movement of Susie Burpee, Maxine Heppner, Emily Law, Claudia Moore, Natasha Powell, Nivedha Ramalingam, and Irma Villafuerte.

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ISEA 2020 Artist Statement

ISEA 2020 Artist Panel