Tara Lee Burns’ MFA thesis in dance, “ITERATION X” is a series of four works that not only identify as documentation, archive and performance, but are interchangeable artworks of alternative and simultaneous realities as resistance and hope. The four works bridge aesthetics ranging from the bright colors of the VR painting program Tilt Brush, thick hot pink elastic cords and improvisation scores evolving from themes circling location, space and “the body as place.”

“Extending the Body,” a live performance at Ohio State’s Arboretum North in October 2020, exposes a body wearing a VR headset as prothesis and signifier as cyborg or other and was described by audience members as a “cyborg ninja” in the trees.

REVEAL, a dance film, highlights dancer Angela Pujolas as manipulator of her environment as she uses thick pink elastic to stretch and peal back layers of her reality, exposing alternate and simultaneous worlds of vivid color.

“A CanvasUnBound,” performed as the only live component at The Drake Film Festival in March 2021, is an interactive performance using painted imagery from “Extending the Body” as artifacts that react to the movement of the dancer and

“moonshot: solos for your home” is an augmented reality app that will allow the user to watch one-minute motion captured solos activating the small spaces of their home.

Areas of research include a multidisciplinary and intersectional methodology including cyborg feminism rooted in feminist, gender and transgender studies, digital and 3D cinema, performance art, contemporary painting and the phenomenology of the body including embodiment and affect in virtual reality.

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