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The performance piece Western Door/Power Trail has been selected for the 2014 Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival. Western Door/Power Trail is a collaboration between maker/performer Karen Schupp, assistant professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and interactive media composer Todd Ingalls, faculty in Arts, Media + Engineering. The work traces issues of sustainability and water rights in relationship to ideas about power and relocation. Through exploring and embodying these ideas, evocative sound and visual environments emerge anew in each improvised and interactive performance. Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging new media artists, from New Mexico, the U.S. and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances and web-based art forms.
Project Date: June 2014
Karen Schupp, assistant professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, was interviewed for Movement Research's University Project. The University Project aims to shed light on the shifting relationship between academia and working artists. Schupp outlined her personal research about the effectiveness of the ASU curriculum and her own pedagogical approaches to cultivating leadership in the classroom. Karen also offered her perspective on the currency of Masterís degrees in dance and how she prepares her students to be professionals in the field of dance.
Project Date: January 2014
Melissa Rex, clinical professor of dance in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, has been invited as a guest speaker/presenter/facilitator at this yearís Alopeciapalooza in Claryville, N.Y. The event brings together many children (and their families) dealing with Alopecia for a week of healing and sharing. Alopecia is an auto-immune disease that affects the growth of hair in millions world-wide. Rex will facilitate group discussions stemming from her own experiences as a child and teenager, which she wrote about in an essay that was published in "The Lion and the Unicorn" (Spring 2013 issue), as well as facilitate classes in creative movement and performance for the children and their families as part of her continued research in this area. "I am hoping to gather some information and feedback with the possibility of interviews with some of the children and families to expand on my essay and/or write a new article," Rex said. "Movement, performance and a creative path in my life are what saved me from my own depression and suicidal moments."
Project Date: June 2014