Collective Auto-Mythologizing for the Camera


For movers and filmmakers alike, the focus of this research project will be durational dance on film.

CAMming, or Collective Auto-Mythologizing for the Camera, continues our line of research (see Wormhole through Your Brain + Alive… & then Some) about the experience and analysis of trance dance and its further translatability into live performance, or in this case into film. CAMming is a method of co-creation where the directorship is shared collectively, shifting continuously amidst its co-conspirators. Participants take turns witnessing and improvising in various altered states framed by movement, vocal- and/or imagination-based tasks, for sessions of up to 45min±1 hour at a time. Inspired by a process we have been developing over the years, called `deep observation of trance’, ‘myth-making’ emerges after the physical exercises, when the participants exchange what they have experienced and observed without judgment or hierarchy. These findings lay the foundation for a communal dreaming, where characters, dance moves, gestures and other performative materials emerge. These materials are then synthesized into a score to be filmed and edited during the weekend intensive. It is an important intention in the practice to integrate these principles into the consciousness of the body — the auto comes when the practice is so deeply embodied that it becomes second nature or automatic. Principally, the CAM sessions encourage participants to dance into a state of metaphorical and egoic death, in order to shatter self-limiting beliefs. We get out of our own way to ready ourselves to channel this newly uncovered knowledge through the forms of music, dance, sound, and ultimately the eye of the camera.

During the week, we will introduce and guide the participants in our working methodology, which is bookended by guided meditations and includes a rigorous physical + vocal warm-up in the morning and scoring + several CAMming sessions in the afternoon. Over the course of the week, we will assemble a tool-kit which will include but is not limited to: gimbal dancing/solar plex training, the gaze vs. the lense, cam-personing, chorus corralling, vernacular dancing, speaking in angel tongues, pissable sculptures, etc.  During the intensive weekend, a filmmaker will join us to shoot a durational dance film loosely based on the themes: Anthropophagy, audacity, authority and conducting a flustered symphony. On the second day of the intensive, we will LIVE score the film together. Co-mythologizing builds a future world of trust and reciprocity, which celebrates space for chasms, dissension, and disruptions to the status quo. The process is intended to surprise us with new frequencies and modalities that can only emerge from the instability of working in real-time and improvising together.

Justin F. Kennedy & Emma Waltraud Howes

Exhibition History

  • CAMming: Collective Auto-Mythologizing for the Camera
    Vienna, AT

Related Publication