TRYING TO REMAIN VERTICAL
“This is me, trying to remain vertical,” is an interactive performance installation designed by Julie Akerly (choreographer) and Matthew Mosher (media artist). The project is based off of Steve Paxton’s “Small Dance.” Paxton is respected as a movement analyst in the world of dance. The small dance can appear very simple, but it is incredibly complex. It exposes the body’s constant effort to keep us remaining in a vertical position while standing. Joerg Hassaman, a contact improviser, describes the small dance as “...a dynamic process. It is continuously losing balance into tiny falls until the body reflexes direct the falls into the next moment of balanced alignment.” This installation draws awareness to the natural reflexes that occur in the body while standing. Users and viewers will experience the subtle movements made by the body while standing “still” through sound and light feedback.
This project has been funded by the Art in Odd Places Orlando Festival, SMOCA Mix at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Mesa Spark! Festival of Creativity.
In 2014, Julie Akerly and Matthew Mosher co-founded [nueBOX], a residency program for performance and installation artists in Phoenix, Arizona. They created the program to help and build a supportive platform for experimental, interdisciplinary, collaborative and provocative performance and installation work.
They have collaborated on several interdisciplinary projects including Separation: Short Range Repulsion (2013) which was shown at the Athens Slingshot Festival and Deterministic Probabilistic Neural Network (2014) which was created for EMERGE: Carnival of the Future.
As researchers and educators they have taught courses in dance and technology, and have had their research published in multiple academic journals. For more about each of these artists, visit their individual websites.
Performance Reel from Art in Odd Places Orlando (2016)
Performance at Mesa Spark! Festival of Creativity (2017)