Mar 4

Dance & Technology | Designing for Interaction with Technology

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Online
Dance & Technology | Designing for Interaction with Technology

Now, more than ever before, we are dependent upon, addicted to, and socially expected to not only understand but also know how to utilize new technologies. and yet what is technology? According to Marshall McCluhan technology is "any extension of ourselves" or, more broadly, "any new technology" is an extension of the human. Therefore anything beyond the body that we have created is indeed technology.

Language, books, clothing, and even abstract ideas such as dance are all technologies. How can we as movement artists interact with technology to create new ideas that would not exist without the fusion? what technologies work well with moving bodies? and what exactly is dance? All these questions and more will be explored in a zoomside chat with cari ann shim sham*.

*Open to all students currently enrolled in an SMC dance course. Contact Vanessa Van Wormer at for questions

Co-sponsored by the SMC Dance Department and the Broad Stage.

Facilitator: Cari Ann Shim Sham

cari ann shim sham* is a wild artist working at the intersections of dance & technology. she makes still & moving images, movement, sound, experiential interactive spaces & street art stickers. she is an edible mushroom hunter, a firm believer in science, a constant practitioner of unconditional friendliness, a dedicated proponent of anti-racism, a critic of silicon valley, a ritual worshiper of nature, a fervent feminist, an active artivist, a daily yoga & meditation junkie, and an emphatic lover of animals.

she is actively engaged in the disruption of negatively addictive crowdsourced platforms that expect user generated creative content for free in a scheme to sell advertising to manipulate & influence its users. as a curator she creates spaces that cultivate new ideas for sustainable arts practices. with a curation practice over a decade deep, her commitment offers free submission and innovative programming for new artists with a focus on dance film, vr, ar, xr, and interactive installation. she is an associate arts professor of dance & technology at nyu tisch school of the arts.

Dance for Camera Week

Join the SMC Dance Department and The Broad Stage for an immersive week of workshops exploring dance for the camera. This week focuses on creating choreography for the camera, providing an overview of the history and practice of dance film, and introduction to cutting edge dance filmmakers and festivals. 

  • Sunday, February 28, 7 p.m.: Screening, Dance Camera West 2021 Festival (available for one week)
  • Monday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.: screendance workshop | part 1
  • Tuesday, March 2, 12:30-2 p.m.: dancing with devices | filming the moving body
  • Wednesday, March 3, 1-3 p.m.: screendance workshop | part 2
  • Thursday, March 4, 12:30-2 p.m.: dance & technology | designing for interaction with technology