Widows, Temporarily from Kristen Jeppsen Groves on Vimeo.

Directed by: Kristen Jeppsen Groves
Dancers and Military Spouses: Melissa Baker, Veronica Hovander, Brittany Starr, and Erica Constancio
Music: “Hallelujah” by Vitamin Strings Quartet
Location: Vicenza,Italy
WarriorMilitary Arts project, May 2011

My new work “Two to One” is a duet created by me and my husband about military and art identity and lifestyles that will be presented at the Artist, Interrupted show at the Wild Goose Creative on May 20, 2011. As part of the research process for the work I created a short film using photos and footage from a recent military graduation. The video is one of my first explorations into military identities and bodies as a performative construct.

As of now, I am interested in exploring the more personal triumphs and challenges of a military and arts relationship that my husband and I share. We are both athletes and we are both teachers – we train and command, direct and lead, create and destroy. The duet is a way for me to draw my family into my art instead of my art taking me away from them.

Pattern – Video Dance- OSU dance and technology 2008

“Erratic Sporatic” Photoshop project ~ OSU dance and technology 2008

“He [mankind] has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory.”

I have started exploring the possibilities of technology within dance and want to share my explorations with you. From my dance and technology course I’ve come to understand important aspects of technology and how it can enhance and enlarge my vision of choreography. Here are a few of my thoughts:

I see technology as a result of our complex world. As we become more complex beings our needs and problems have shifted to necessitate technological tools to maintain our new world. Relating this to dance and to our discussion – is more technology being used in dance always cutting edge? Or have we complicated the art of dance to force facilitation of technology to further our understanding and embodiment of dance? Has the body been exhausted to the point where further discoveries and pursuits require an outside or ‘inhuman’ tool? Does use of these tools increase understanding and potentials of movement and dance or is it the means to connect ourselves to the outside world where can be the common denominator of cross-reference and understanding?

Another quote stated: “Our goal of augmenting the human intellect… will exhibit more of what can be called intelligence than an unaided human could… by organizing his intellectual capabilities into higher levels of synergistic structuring.”

This may be my answer to why we use technology. From my limited exposure to technology and arts/dance I see the potential technology has to connect dance to new audiences, collaborations, and explorations that may not be possible without it. I know I value to preservation that technology provides for our art form, increasing accessibility, audience, and influence. I am interested in furthering my knowledge of technology because it is a means whereby I may find a higher level of thinking, organizing, and creating within dance.


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