The Barnard College Archive houses a stunning array of images of Barnard women dancing throughout campus – in the gymnasium, on the lawn, in the canteen, in the Minor Latham Playhouse, and of course, in the dance studios. Together they tell a story about the importance of dance to Barnard during defining moments in its history.
To honor that legacy, students in the Department of Dance’s Site-Specific Composition course (DNCE 3566, Fall 2014) will interpret several dance-related images from the Archives to create short, site-specific dances, each filmed on the site specific to the image. These dances will be available using the free augmented reality app, dancetechAR. Guided by an student-produced online podcast, the app will provide a virtual tour to five sites on the campus. Dances associated with the sites will be revealed by directing the device camera at specific locations.
These interactive dances will powerfully suture Barnard’s past with its future by linking the archival photograph with mobile technology, summoning the traces of dances past through new and innovative site-specific dances, and drawing upon the inspiration of dancers from yesterday to body forth Barnard’s digital future.
1:25 Barnard Dances will commemorate the Marion Streng Studio in the Barnard Hall Annex.