3 channel video installation. 2mins, looped
Virtually Together is a three channel video installation, with each wall in a room displaying a projected couple (at human scale) dancing. Each person was filmed individually dancing to the same song, and then digitally edited together into couples dancing in sync. Every person is dancing alone but, virtually, they're all together.
This work came about from an interest in the acquisition of skills. The ways in which we now learn is often mediated by the internet: Google, Wikipedia and Youtube. These websites often form the beginning of the learning experience, whether it be how to do squats, unlock your iPhone, or poach an egg.
Learning to dance Salsa forms the foundation of this artwork. Salsa dancing is all about being in a group, and moving in time with a partner. So what is it like if everyone is collectively learning, but individually, from the internet? They are together in the virtual world, but dancing alone in their bedrooms in the real world.
The installation plays silently and continuously in a loop, with the figures intermittently flashing, reminding the audience that these dancers are not truly partnered.