Video sculpture dance piece about patterns, memory, and loss
Masters Thesis project

Artifacts is a meditation on memory and loss inspired by the nature of dance. It began as an attempt to improve the experience of archival performance, specifically dance performance. Dance is an especially tricky form to preserve because it is not underpinned by tangible objects (canvas, paper) or familiar notation (music, text). It is an ephemeral form based in human gesture that exists in four dimensions: linear, planar, depth, and time.

The result of this exploration was a video sculpture piece. Six panels are suspended mid-air at different depths and a dance video piece is introduced across each of the panels at roughly 1-minute intervals. Each panel shows a different iteration of a “main phrase” and over time, the movies fade to memory.

Artifacts Documentation from theresa ling on Vimeo.

Exhibited at Rust Fest, Youngstown Museum, 2009