Date of Award

Fall 8-10-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (MFA)

Department

Dance

Advisor

Dr. Maura Keefe

Graduate Program Director

Tammy Carrasco

Abstract

This thesis investigates the transmission of movement in the 21st century as

mediated by technology. Specifically it focuses on the translation between embodied

(physical) and disembodied (digital) renderings of dance as it is shared across space

and time. Framing these discussions within the creative portion of my thesis, Please

Subscribe, illuminates the practical application of this theoretical research. It outlines

the dance as an active, embodied research process, which pulled from the work of

specific artists as impetus for investigation. The written portion of my thesis

investigates concepts of technological embodiment, networked art, and viral

movement trends in an effort to better understand the role of the body within

movement transmission. With an emphasis on embodiment within technological

exchange, it examines what it means to be human within the 21st century.

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