TouchUpdate – Bill Shannon

The laser scan pattern in this video is not visible to the human eye.

I’ve been on the road for a few days with the TouchUpdate team preparing for our show premiere at New York Live Arts.  This past week has been fantastic with our two showings at DancePlace in D.C. Their communications coordinator Amanda even made a video for Instagram TV.

The project has come a long way from when I first worked on the Projection Mapping Masks in 2015.  When I get a chance, I’ll be writing about the creation of the masks and video sculpture.  Until then, here’s a brief of the show.

Bill Shannon premieres Touch Update, a new work exploring contemporary modes of digital versus interpersonal representation and physicality. Shannon combines movement, wearable projection technology, and video installation to explore the social constructions that surround disabled bodies. His Touch Update features collaborators and performers Ron Chunn, Teena Marie Custer, Raphael Botelho Nepomuceno, Jacquea Mae, David Whitewolf, Cornelius Henke III, Anna Thompson, and Taylor Knight.

If you’re in NYC come to the show. Here’s the info.

New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St. New York NY 10011 (between 7th and 8th Ave)

Closest to the 1/2/3, A/C/E and L

Tickets: Start at $15

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30pm

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm

Friday, November 16 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

This performance of Bill Shannon is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bill Shannon’s Touch Update is a National Performance Network / Visual Artists Network (NPN / VAN) Creation and Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater in partnership with Painted Bride Art Center, Dance Place, and NPN. For more information: npnweb.org.

^ V2 masks visible at 0:56 into the video ^

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