The idea for "Self-Defined" (a small film section of a larger performance/integrated media piece performed December 2015) was to work with an emphasis on process as a self-contemplation. As inspired by dream journaling, I explored the consequences of allowing yourself to be defined by other people and articulated it through both literal and surreal expressions. The journey of this piece really focused on self worth and how it becomes “dirtied” by external forces. My idea for this piece was to create a work that explored my personal concept of self worth.
My creative vision was really focused on the exploration into live dance with integrated media. I wanted both live composition and screendance to be able to coexist while still being successful in guiding the focus of the audience throughout the piece to make each section feel like part of a whole. Because there are so many elements of self and external factors affecting the internal dialogue and emotions, I really took my exploration into the realm of maximalism. This artistic choice created a place where my vision could thrive and allowed for the overwhelming emotional consequence of loss of self worth to be reflected in the almost visually and audibly overwhelming work. Through these explorations, I have ended with the 8.5-minute multimedia piece titled, Self-Defined.
This video is the ending screendance solo.