In this article I explore screendance’s affair with social media, and the logics of production and consumption endemic to dancing for and with smartphones. I use an incidental encounter with two people making a dance video to try and make sense of the ways in which screendance practices and practitioners are being changed by social media technologies. The writing is built on the work of Harmony Bench, Shoshana Zuboff, Alan Jacobs, Zygmunt Bauman, Neil Postman, Yuk Hui and Annie Pfingst and Helen Poynor. I use their scholarship and art to construct an experimental and non-linear seven-part narrative about how screendance can become a set of practices that visibly contradict the extractive datafication of humans in motion.
Ellis, S. (2022) ‘Lithium Dancing (Hidden in Plain Sight)’. The International Journal of Screendance [online] 13. available from https://screendancejournal.org/article/view/8617 [10 September 2022]
Supported by C-DaRE — the Centre for Dance Research — at Coventry University.