Are you a person in love with science and technology, or dance and photography?
When I first was asked to cover Dark Room I leapt at the chance to expand my horizons, and after doing some research, I realised that this dance piece is very exciting and innovative. Established by Body Narratives Collective, Dark Room is based on dance, science, technology, and photography. Knowing that, my level of interest was piqued, because I love the concept, and as mentioned in a previous post, I have a dance background.
…captured the images to reveal the photographic process as a performance medium.
For this particular post I have an added interest in technology and photography, which started from a young age. I have always been the one taking pictures and was the first one in my family to buy the latest technology gadget. I am now very curious to see how it will come to light, and if there is one thing I have learnt, it is that in dance anything is possible.
Dark Room has cleverly taken gallery walls and captured the images to reveal the photographic process as a performance medium, whilst utilizing photographic techniques. A short-lived dance is captured through a variety of tools to become objects of art. A range of old technologies paired with new designs highlight the tension between old and new in our daily lives.
“Inspired by Wade Davis’ description of the Barasana people of South America, who have no word for ‘time’, Dark Room offers a narrative that transposes mediums in a fractal world where one symbol transforms into something else while scientific observations are shared, and memories are captured.” ~ Body Narratives
In her interview with me, Julia Carr, a featured performer, compared a theatre black box to a dark room, which is almost obsolete due to our digital age. Both places are blank canvasses and magic is created, light is added. I love the comparison; it’s so simple and accurate, and yet overlooked as a connection. Julia is a contemporary dance artist and draws inspiration from many other dance pieces. She finds her passion from life and the people around her.
As a dancer and an artist, I find it exciting to discover new forms of dance or collaborative pieces. I have my creative mind ready for December 4 and 5, 2013. After watching Dark Room, I may even find a liking towards science. Who knows?
What do you connect with more: science, technology, photography, or dance? What are your thoughts on this intense combination?
By Fatima Sumar, Roundhouse Blog Team. Fatima works with Matrix Connectivity Solutions running their social media, runs her own wedding consulting business QueenoHearts Planners Ltd, and creates jewellery. After coming on board at the Roundhouse, she realized how much the Roundhouse has to offer and the amount of love she can give back to the community.