“By creating alternate realities and bodies, I imagine transcendent representations of fantasy that effect how bodies move and are viewed. Normalizing bodies outside the conventions of society breeds optimism and hope by imagining a world that is different. Part of this radicle act of resistance imagines the future delivery of digital performative, embodied art and dance as time-based, iterative, and choice-based.”
Screenshots by Tara Lee Burns | Photo by Crystal Michelle Perkins
Tara Lee Burns’ MFA Thesis in Dance, “ITERATION X” is a series of four works that not only identify as documentation, archive, and performance, but are interchangeable artworks of alternative and simultaneous realities as resistance and hope. The four works bridge aesthetics ranging from the bright colors of the VR and AR environments, thick hot pink elastic cords, and bodies of improvisation evolving from themes circling location, space, and the body as place.
Extending the Body, a live performance at OSU’s Arboretum North in October 2020, exposes a body wearing a VR headset as prothesis and signifier as cyborg or other and was described by audience members as a “cyborg ninja” in the trees.
REVEAL, a dance film, highlights dancer Angela Pujolas as manipulator of her environment as she uses thick pink elastic to stretch and peal back layers of her reality, exposing alternate and simultaneous worlds of vivid color.
a canvasUnBound, a live performance in ACCAD’s Motion Lab as documentation, is an interactive performance using painted imagery from “Extending the Body” as artifacts that react to the movement of the dancer.
moonshot: solos for your home, is an Augmented Reality App that will allow the user to watch motion captured solos activating the small spaces of their home.
Areas of research include a multidisciplinary and intersectional methodology including cyborg feminism rooted in feminist, gender, and transgender studies, digital and 3D cinema, performative drawing, and the phenomenology of the body including embodiment and affect in Virtual Reality.
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Extending the Body
An Experiential Invitation
Play all the videos at the same time, pause, let sounds overlap, create your own world. The sounds and videos are remnants from a live-performance and are layered to allow for a multi-viewing and listening experience.
"Extending the Body" was part of an evening of works surrounding the Arboretum North lake on OSU’s campus by the Department of Dance’s 2021 MFA cohort. Five timed groups were guided to access the real-time embodied painting transmitted from the VR headset and soundscape via their mobile devices. As they crunched through the leaves, they discovered a body bound by thick neon pink elastic amongst the trees.
“As the performer, I inhabit a virtual world while colliding with the physical world beneath my feet. The sounds around me influence the movement score as much as the paints in my environment creating paintings in a 3D alternate virtual world.”
In “Extending the Body,” I embrace the imperfections of streaming technologies in the middle of a garden as part of the experience. When performing in VR, the system often recalibrated and reconnected creating glitches, stutters, and pixilation in the representation of the 3D painted environment. These video traces embrace the alternative translation in this website reimagining. How can this representation show the difficulty of seeing through multiple mediums, the complexity of not only multidisciplinary but the complexity of seeing into another person’s history, situation, or identity? This work laid the groundwork for the addition components in this exhibition.
Oculus Quest, Tilt Brush 3D Painting Environment, Pink Parachute Elastic, Climbing Harness, OBS Streaming, Twitch, Soundcloud, the personal device of the user
Choreography of the camera by Katherine Logan
Live-streamed recording of embodied painting in Tilt Brush
Recorded, edited, and performed by Tara Lee Burns
Digital Photos of Tara Lee Burns by Abby Koskinas
Digital Photos of embodied 3D painting in Tilt Brush by Tara Lee Burns
“Extending the Body” 2020
Special Thanks to Collaborators and Key Supporters
Norah Zuniga Shaw, Valerie Williams, Oded Huberman, Jonathan Hunter and my amazing cohort who I shared this event with: Emily Craver, Davianna Green, Laura Neese, Andi Pei, and Yildiz Guventurk, KJ Dye, Emily Kaniuka, and Alessandra Christmas.
Film by Tara Lee Burns
Performed by Angela Pujolas
Movement collaboration by Angela Pujolas
REVEAL 2020 00:02:57
REVEAL, performed by Angela Pujolas and filmed at OSU’s Arboretum North explores location as memory. Pujolas stretches and separates the hot pink extensions of her frame, imagining and opening alternative and simultaneous worlds of vivid color. Whispers and shades of color and light augment and question identity—the history—collected and embodied. “Where are the boundaries of your flesh and who determines them? How do we affect our surroundings? What is revealed from our actions? Are you listening? Do you see?
“a canvasUnBound” is a performance with an interactive system including 20 panels of 10-second recordings that fade in and out in relation to the body’s coordinates in space. In an attempt to recontextualize the memory of embodiment, the archive of panels is filmed and edited from the 3D paintings in Tilt Brush created in the performance of “Extending the Body.” Performed in the ACCAD’s Motion Lab, the movement was based on the history of the artifacts and merging of body and environment. A live outdoor iteration of “a canvasUnBound” will be performed at the Drake Film Festival on April 13, 2021.
In rehearsal with Oded Huberman & Katie O’Laughlin in ACCAD’s Motion Lab.
moonshot: solos for your home
Created by Tara Lee Burns
Performance and choreography by Tara Lee Burns
Materials: Beta version for Android Phone created through Unity, Maya, ACCAD’s motion capture lab & conceptualized in VR 3D painting program Tilt Brush
This project began with a concept image created in Virtual Reality (VR) 3D painting program Tilt Brush through live painting improvisation. Choreographing and performing a solo in a motion capture session and connecting that movement to a fluctuating polygon 3D Model (Maya) before bringing it into Unity to create functionality on a device.
“imagination augments the values of reality.” – Gaston Bachelard “The Poetics of Space”
"Moonshot: solos for your home" places a more than human identity in the home of the user. By imagining a pre-recorded/motion captured solo made alive in the user’s space I am exploring audience as performer and archive as performance. The audience member becomes the performer by engaging with an Augmented Reality (AR) entity in the space through watching from a distance, moving around 360*, or sitting immersed in the body of the performer. The choreography and movement of the dancer was archived through motion captured choreography of dancer and performer. By placing this danced archive in the hands of the user, I am questioning the essence of performance and exploring alternative performance venues.
Download BETA version of this App to your phone (ANDROID DEVICES ONLY):
Special Thanks to Collaborators and Key Supporters
To Shadrick Addy for the meetings and scripts that deepened the uses of Augmented Reality (AR). To Vita Berezina-Blackburn for all those motion capture sessions. To Norah Zuniga Shaw, again, and again.
Special Thanks to Emily Oilar and Hybrid Arts Lab for their support and providing this opportunity to showcase and contextualize the connective tissue of my work.
Iteration X is presented in partnership with Urban Arts Space’s Hybrid Arts Lab, a multi-venue learning lab that experiments with how art is imagined, made, viewed and understood.