Late last summer I read with some interest the open call for Movement Research at Judson Church. It seemed like an exciting opportunity to work within an openly research-led environment (and not least of all get to present at Judson Church).
I read this in the application guidelines (in full-caps):
DO NOT SEND PROMO VIDEOS OR VIDEOS THAT ARE CLIP EDITED. ALL EDITED PROMO VIDEOS OR VIDEOS WITH A SAMPLING OF CLIPS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
I certainly appreciate that the temptation for people to send promo clips must be quite strong, but at the same time, I can’t help but think that Movement Research is protesting a little too much.
We are constantly editing and framing our work in many different ways — including on video — and I would prefer that we as artists were encouraged to develop different kinds of awarenesses and intelligences in relation to processes of editing. These would be in tune with the screen-centric nature of performance making, presentation and viewing in this early-ish part of the 21st Century.