Video Portrait (in under 3 hours!)

Here is a brief clip of a Movement- Based Expressive Art project! For materials I used a ladder, an inexpensive portable projector, vintage home videos, a bare wall and some music.

A video self-portrait is a way to tell a story, layering movement, music, and visual art to express a thought, feeling or state of mind. The artist benefits both from the experience of creating and the act of reflecting on what was created. I used this opportunity to explore the experience of touch in human relationships. A video self-portrait can be anything, as long as you think it through and it is meaningful to you! 

My catalyst for creating a recorded project was participation in Inanimate 48, a movement event created by Merri Burgess, a Colorado-based dancer. The only requirements: use an object that would bear my weight, and complete in 48 hours. 

Her event description:

“Here we delight in exploratory material born from curious minds. We consider Inanimate Dance a platform and oasis for creative work that does not fit within any other established value systems. We strengthen our community by being inclusive and creating connections through sharing super awesome dance creations of others and leading an international community in collaborative events”.

I figured - why not try a ladder? I had never moved with a ladder. Yoko Ono used ladders in her conceptual art. Her instructions were to climb the ladder and peer through a magnifying glass to see a tiny“Yes!” on the ceiling. So I decided to say "Yes!" to the ladder myself.

Although I was allowed 48 hours, I wanted create this Video Portrait in three hours or less. Not only did this reflect how much time I realistically had to dedicate to a project, it reflects the Expressive Arts philosophy. It’s the process that counts, make it up as you go, follow what you find. It doesn't have to look any particular way. Or even make sense.

My statement for this Video Self Portrait:

I am interested in the impact of touch on our human - being. How loving touch instills safety, resilience and a sense of being REAL. And how touches that never happened, but could have, or should have, leave a residue of rigidity, isolation, and grasping.