Alone Together.

Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, gave a TED talk last year that has been a huge inspiration for #EverybodyAllTheTime. In both the talk and her book, Turkle discusses the effect of technology and social media on modern relationships. She emphasizes that we are learning to “expect more from technology and less from each other”.  I am exploring this idea in the project through movement, both on-screen and off. In #EverybodyAllTheTime, the screen images are reliable, constant. They are comfortable. The audience will know what to expect from the screen images, much like we know what to expect from our regulated, methodical interactions with each other through technology. In contrast, the performers will explore the same movements executed on-screen in real time, first on their own, and then with each other. They will find new qualities within the movements by varying the tempo, size, and mood. Together, they will experiment with weight-sharing to discover how bearing someone else’s weight affects their own movements. The performers’ real-time exploration will be outside of the audience’s expectations for dance performance, and hopefully, the performers will move past their expectations for themselves.


One thought on “Alone Together.

  1. Thanks for this post and the link to Sherry Turkle’s TED talk. I just watched it, and see the irony in the fact that I’m at home alone recuperating, but have reached for my devices to see what’s going on in the rest of the world, effectively shunning the alone-time I have available to me. I’m wondering if your piece is going to address the seeming tension between the fact that your generation generally is addicted to its devices, but at the same time, you sound like you lament the points she is making in her talk.

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