Since the year of 2014, I have the opportunity of creating and teaching Specialized Online Seminars on Contemporary art, at the program of Aula Virtual from Taller Multinacional, exploring innovative ways of approximating to the Art Theory and the Art Criticism in our time, but also configuring new methodologies applied to creative processes that explores the incorporation of technology and new media. In this sense I would like to talk about my experience as professor and facilitator of the online seminar Videodance: Hybridization between Body and Image in Movement, which I have developed in relation to this audiovisual gender and how can be used for artistic porpoises in the contemporary context.
Videodance: Hybridization between Body and Image in Movement includes a theoretical approach and a practical project, in accordance to the interests and inquiries of each one of the participants. At the beginning, we discussed the origins of Videodance and its influence by experimental and avant-garde cinema, and then we analyzed a wide range of proposals from different times and contexts around this audiovisual gender.
This seminar has allowed me to prepare specific materials, contents and didactic tools for generating a continuous interaction and involvement of all the participants in collective creative processes. I had students from very different disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and countries, like Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and even China, interested on the convergences between dance and visual arts in our time. All these factors have contributed enormously to the creative process that I have conducted in two intensive months, and also have opened new inquiries and perspectives around this hybrid gender and its artistic possibilities.
Finally, I would like to say that each of these videos has been created as a very personal search of the own body and its creative possibilities, with the goal of constructing images, including a wide range of conceptions about dance and movement in the contemporary context. These Videodances explore the place of the body and its relation to cultural identity, the connection and distance between nature and urban space, the inspiration of daily life rhythms for constructing choreographies, the convergence between different art fields, the blur of the frontiers between reality and fiction, the fragmentation and reconfiguration of body, the construction of new narratives, and the suggestion of new experiences about time and space, generating very interesting results.