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Title:blue | confuse | who
Author(s):Emadian, Elliot
Contributor(s):Ford, Mary Kate
Abstract:Dance is an embodied form, one of the few artistic disciplines that demands an organic component. It gets labeled "ephemeral." In fact, choreographic work is always read in context with its environment, dancers, any available visual information. Photographically, these historical traces carry over a liveness and document the sedimentation of identity. As a gender non-conforming artist, my choreographic research demands a consideration of perception, of semiotics, of image. How can I disrupt the stability of a visual sign and the meaning that it signifies to open new possibility for perceiving a work? For me, this is the space that dance photography can occupy. I consider photography more than a mechanism for documentation, it is a rendering of another potential for reading an image. In blue | confuse | who, the body is confounded by its light environment becoming a floating peak of blue. A seeing viewer's ocularcentrism is confronted by an undiscernible image. Light becomes a choreographic and photographic tool for undoing assumption about the dancer's body. At its root, photography is the capture of light. Light is visual perception and, through photographic recording, becomes a key tool to unsettling that perception in my choreographic work.
Issue Date:2019
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Elliot Emadian
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-05-03

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