Participants in the #IdentityMashup lab created (dis)embodied stories based on Jung’s shadow archetype, and explored identity through a mashup of avatar roleplaying, livestreaming and performance in a mixed reality environment. Short stories based on shadow work were told through an avatar whose face was mapped to a live video stream of the participants’ actual faces, creating hybrid physical-online identities that were simultaneously distorted and revealing. Participants in NYC shared improvisational dance movements with participants in Seoul based on stories both groups had written and brought to life. Creativity and camaraderie were explored across cultures and countries, where groups of strangers transformed themselves into a hunting hawk, an operating room complete with vital signs monitor, and an all inclusive organic machine riffing on words derived from the writings.

This telematic #IdentityMashup lab was conducted at La MaMa’s CultureHub in partnership with Seoul Institute of the Arts, as part of a networked ARTALK in which participants in NYC and Seoul, South Korea, connected and collaborated.

When we creatively explore our personal histories and current circumstances, we question the nature of reality, cultural identity and home. Mixing realities and integrating movement exploration challenges pre-conceived notions of cultural identity, opening the door to fantastic tales as well as a grounding sense of empowerment as we journey through virtual and real interpretations of migration and integration, inspired by our past as well as future identities.

Conducted by
Josephine Dorado and Phillip Gulley 

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16 May 2012