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DIGITAL PERFORMANCE COLLABORATIONS

In 2013, I founded Francesca Albrezzi Digital Arts Consulting (FADAC) and began taking on various projects that merged technology with the arts.  In the early days, this looked like website creation and graphic design. More recently, I have been working in close collaboration with performing artists to capture, share, and preserve their work using new digital filmmaking equipment and platforms. My work in the field is ongoing and is fuelled by interest and support of artistic/technical collaborations and interdisciplinary work. The following are examples of some of the work I have produced under the auspices of FADAC.

 

BERNARD BROWN AT FOWLER OUT LOUD

In January of 2017, Bernard Brown choreographed and performed for the Fowler Out Loud Series at the Fowler Museum. Brown presented several solos and small ensemble dances connecting past and present. The case performed in the exhibition Nkame (which means “greeting” and “praise” in the language of Abakua). The show was a retrospective of Cuban print maker Belkis Ayon “who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography” (Exhibitions 2016). Brown and the dancers “explore how movement, space, and intention can translate to freedom for the black body, mind, and spirit” (Fowler Out Loud: Bernard Brown 2017). For the performance, two cameras were used; however, one camera overheated during Brown’s first solo. This equipment failure will allow me to discuss some of the technical difficulties of filming a performance over a long period of time. As the first opportunity that I had to observe people’s reaction to the technology within the space, the experience revealed ways that setting can dictate behavior with unfamiliar devices. The technology within the space had a Duchampian effect, causing visitors to gaze pensively at the object as if to question if it was part of the exhibition.

 

Affiliation: FADAC, Bernard Brown, Fowler Museum

Date(s): (January 2017)

Tools: Samsung 360, Youtube 360

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR8JIK9TGZQ&feature=youtu.be

 

DARRIAN O'REILLY AND SARAH JACOBS AT FOWLER OUT LOUD

Darrian O'Reilly and Sarah Jacobs collaborated for another Fowler Out Loud performance. Combining various sections of their thesis project performances within the atrium of the Fowler museum, choreographers O'Reilly and Jacobs “combine physical humor and idiosyncratic theatricality,” animating the space with an all-female cast of dancers (Fowler Out Loud: Darrian O'Reilly and Sarah Jacobs).  During Jacob’s introduction to the piece, she extended an invitation to the audience to move about the space during the performance to better view the “intimate exchanges and unexpected imagery [which] activate the architecture, revealing the spaces between” (ibid). Point of view is important to the reception of art and in my dissertation research I am considering comparisons between theater in the round and 360 film.

 

Affiliation: FADAC, Darrian O'Reilly, Sarah Jacobs, Fowler Museum

Date(s): (January 2017)

Tools: Samsung 360, Youtube 360

Link:

 

THE DANCER-CITIZEN LIVE 2018: MOVING THE MAP

Serving as the regional technical coordinator and cinematic producer for the Moving the Map live stream performance with Bernard Brown and Allison Wyper at the Pieter Performance Space.

 

Affiliation: FADAC, The Dancer-Citizen, Bernard Brown, Allison Wyper

Date(s): (February 2017 - June 2017)

Tools: Samsung 360, Youtube 360

Link: http://dancercitizen.org/moving-the-map/

 

THROWING FACE

Throwing Face is a dance new media fusion work choreographed by Cheng-Chieh Yu as part of First Hand, the 2018 Faculty Dance Concert for the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) at UCLA. The performance explores qualities of human exchange, physical humor, language and the disembodied voice. Media tools are used to foreground a dichotomy of spoken conditions, against relational-body choreography. The work questions: when does language become symbol liberated from both situation and an embodied intent? I worked with Professor Yu to test various platforms form live streaming and served as technical director for implementing the live stream into the performance through projection. An early iteration of the performance was shown at Culture Crossing 2018, at the WACD department, where I was also involved in coordinating the livestream component of the work. In this instance, no projection was used.

 

Affiliation: FADAC, Cheng-Chieh Yu, World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Date(s): (February 2017 - June 2017)

Tools: Facebook Live Stream

Site: https://sites.google.com/yahoo.com/firsthandfacultyconcert/home