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Understanding, Transforming, and Preserving Movement in Digital Spaces, will be led by LaJuné McMillian, a new media artist, maker, and creative technologist based in New York. Held on Zoom, the six-part workshop will kick-off on March 24, 2021, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM EST, with additional sessions taking place across the following five consecutive Wednesdays at the same time. It is free of charge to the public and doesn’t require any prior knowledge or technological skills. Participants do not need to commit to all six sessions in order to engage in the workshop.
Through the workshop, participants will learn about extended reality(XR) tools and their relationship to race, gender, and culture. It will explore issues of cultural representation, erasure, and exploitation through readings and discussions as well as provide an introduction to motion capture, avatars, rigging, and 3D environments. Core elements of the class will integrate performance, virtual reality, and physical computing to question access, control, and representation inherent in these technologies. Together, McMillian and workshop participants will also use various free software to co-create a live performance that will be produced this summer by A Blade of Grass. Additionally, the group will build and continue the development of an online archive of ethically digitized Black movement for the Black Movement Library.
About the Artist
LaJuné McMillian is a New Media Artist, Maker, and Creative Technologist living in New York. In their practice, McMillian is dedicated to making art abstracted from their personal experiences. They have created pieces that integrate performance, virtual reality, and physical computing to question our current use of technology and forms of communication. Part of their research is centered around creating technology and mediums that are inherently intersectional, allowing communities that have been ignored to have a space to be recognized, loved, accepted and heard. Their work explores interconnection and experiencing life beyond the material world. LaJuné has shared their work widely at venues and festivals including: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, MakerFaire, National Sawdust, Liberty Science Center, Chelsea Film Festival, Creative Tech Week and Weird Reality. They are also the Lead Character Animator for NeuroSpeculative Afrofeminism which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and is currently touring at festivals including SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival. They are currently a 2019 Resident at Eyebeam.
A Blade of Grass’ public programs are made available for free thanks to the generous funding of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; David Rockefeller Fund; SPArt; New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; and our beloved community of individual supporters.