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Aug 25, 2016 6:44 PM ET

Archived: Digitized Figures at Gowanus Loft: Smart Snow’s immersive installation melds video, dance, and text to conjure a landscape at the intersections of technology and nature

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 25, 2016

Digitized Figures at Gowanus Loft

Smart Snow’s immersive installation melds video, dance, and text to conjure a landscape at the intersections of technology and nature.

About this project

Digitized Figures is an immersive installation that incorporates video, text, and live dance to conjure a richly textured and fluctuating landscape. The installation elements surround and interact with the viewer, inviting them to play in and co-create the performance environment.Digitized Figures will be a totally immersive experience that you roam through, interacting with the text, the projections, and the dancers. It is completely unique in the way it incorporates poetry, performance, and technology to create a magical new world.

"Portlet" from Digitized Figures
“Portlet” from Digitized Figures

The Campaign 

Hello All! — We’re Kathleen Kelley and Sarah Rose Nordgren, a dance choreographer/media artist and poet who make up the collaborative team Smart Snow. 

This campaign is raising money for a new performance installation that we’ve been developing for the past two years. Digitized Figures will have its world premiere at the Vanderbilt Republic’s gorgeous Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn, NY, and will be performing this fall 2016from Friday October 14 – Sunday October 16 and Friday October 21 – Sunday October 23. (See the Facebook event page for tickets and details!). 

Your support is absolutely crucial to making this ambitious new work possible. Our $5,000 Kickstarter goal reflects only about 25% of the funds it will take to present this piece at the Gowanus Loft. Your contributions will go directly to covering the project’s production needs which include (but are not limited to): 

  • renting necessary equipment such as projectors, monitors, and speakers
  • hiring our production team (technical director, stage manager, production assistants, projection designer)
  • paying our dancers
  • hiring a costume designer 
  • supporting our press, publicity, and marketing efforts

Whether you can contribute $1 or much more, we are incredibly grateful for your support in bringing Digitized Figures to fruition! 

Vanderbilt Republic's Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY
Vanderbilt Republic’s Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY

 The Work & Collaborators

Kathleen Kelley and Sarah Rose Nordgren have been collaborating formally and informally for 17 years, ever since they met each other at a party in high school and recognized each other as artistic soul-mates. 

Since then, Kathleen has gone on to perform internationally as a dancer and to produce many live performances and dance films, and Sarah Rose has become an award-winning poet and writer. However, this will be their first large-scale performance and video installation they’ve produced as a collaborative team! 

Sarah Rose & Kathleen
Sarah Rose & Kathleen

Digitized Figures will be the culmination of years of conversations and shared ideas between the two artists. As women working at the intersections of art and technology, both Kathleen and Sarah Rose share an interest in the mirrored relationship between technological and evolutionary processes, and the “natural” and the “human” inside of digital spaces. 

In our commitment to create art that pushes the forms of dance and poetry into new technological territories, Digitized Figures introduces a completely new form which we call “choreographed text.” This form, in which text moves and “dances” across the screen, invites the viewer into a new relationship with language itself, presenting it as digital material saturating the performance environment. 

choreographed text in Smart Snow's "Territory"
choreographed text in Smart Snow’s “Territory”

We created the text, video, and choreography for Digitized Figures over a period of months through our artistic correspondence, sending lines of poetry, movement, and notebook sketches back and forth between New York and Cincinnati that eventually became the three core videos in Digitized Figures. Along the way, we’ve had the chance to present bits and pieces of the installation as a works in progress at various venues in Cambridge, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Iowa City, IA, Cincinnati, OH, and Montclair, NJ. We’re so excited to take what we’ve learned from these smaller showings and finally create the fully realized version of the installation with the addition of interactive video, four live dancers, and a completely new component that allows viewers to impact the performance through the use of tablets. 

Work in progress at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA
Work in progress at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA


Risks and challenges

At this point, nothing stands in our way besides the necessary funding. We’re depending on the success of this campaign to support the months and years of hard work we’ve put into this piece in order to make the premier of Digitized Figures possible. Over the past two years we’ve been developing this project on a shoestring budget thanks to the dedication and generosity of the artists, so we’re hopeful (and excited) that we can present this ambitious, collaborative installation in its most fully-realized, immersive, and vibrant manifestation.

Thank you for reading, and for supporting this project!


Contact Information:

Smart Snow

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