Problems of Adaptive
Aesthetics and Design
Kinetic Light - Founder & Artistic
Abstract: How do we understand
the relationship of disabled bodies, minds, and technologies? This talk engages
questions of cyborgs, inclusive design, and disability aesthetics.
Biosketch: Accepting the outcome
of a dare, Alice Sheppard resigned her tenured professorship to become a
dancer. After a series of classes with AXIS
Dance Company in Oakland, Alice trained privately with
Kitty Lunn in New York
and made her debut with Infinity Dance
Theater. Alice was offered an apprenticeship to AXIS Dance Company; she
became a core company member and toured nationally and taught in the
companys education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent
dance artist, Alice has danced in projects with
Ballet Cymru /
Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom.
In the United States, she has worked with Marjani Forté,
MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and
Steve Paxton. As a
guest artist, she has danced with AXIS Dance Company and
Full Radius Dance.
A USA Artist,
Capital grantee and NEW INC 3rd cohort
member, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of
disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and
history, Alices commissioned choreography attends to the complex
intersections of disability, gender, and race. Alice was a 2018 AXIS Dance
Participant made possible with support from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Alice is the founder and artistic lead
for Kinetic Light, a project based
collaborative, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design,
identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the
disability arts movement. Through nuanced investment in the histories,
cultures, and artistic work of disabled people and people of color, Kinetic
Light promotes intersectional disability as a creative force and access as an
aesthetic critical to the creative process.
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