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Postcard from Paris

Postcard from Paris

Carol Harris, "View from the Kitchen on Preston," is featured in "Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire," on view at the Stamps Gallery until Nov. 18, 2018.

By Peter Sparling

Since September, I have been living and working in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, exploring and writing about dance and the connection — and possibilities — with technology. My extraordinary study continues through the end of the year.

I am documenting my experience on my “Open Studio,” a website

The direct link to the video journal is

I am here at an extraordinary center for 270 composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, dancers and video artists from all over the world. One of my projects is to create a “Videojournal de Paris” which documents and contextualizes my daily video work. A month into my stay, I’ve accumulated a series of screendances that explore motion, framing, and the extraordinary images that I find everywhere around me. They are embedded in my journal entries, which include reflections on the work and their inspirations.

While in Paris, I am also seeing dance performances and writing articles about them for Ballet Review, and American Journal on Dance.

I presented my screendances at the Cité Auditorium on Nov. 2, and have been invited to Lisbon Dec, 7-11 for the InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies. At the festival, I will give  day-long workshop, entitled Fundamental Relationships of Camera and Body: A Screendancer’s Guide, and serve on the international jury for the screendance video competition.

Please let me know what you think of the open studio and video journal.

Peter Sparling is a professor of dance in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.