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Space, Falling

Space, Falling is a collaborative and improvisatory performance by Lily Selthofner and Gladstone Deluxe. The work is centered around the transposition of pattern and rhythm from the sonic onto the spatial and sensory, and the exploration of extra-logical geometries.

Performed on May 8, 2023

Special thanks to Marjorie Folkman, Zosha Di Castri, Eva Thomas, and the Barnard Movement Lab

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Disco Ball Funeral

Created April 2023

This project was made possible through the production and technical support of the Movement Lab in the Milstien Center of Barnard College.

Screened with live performance and installation as part of Performance Arts Course at the Undergraduate Arts Showcase in May 2023.

Catch Up

Created April 2023

Dancing on January 19, 2023

This short Screendance film was created for the Listening: An Ethnography of Sound Course at Columbia University

This project was made possible through the production and technical support of the Movement Lab in the Milstien Center of Barnard College

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Caution Wet Floor

Caution Wet Floor

Exploratory response to questioning posed by choreographer Deborah Hay, excerpted from Using the Sky: A Dance. Made for an assignment in the Dance Composition: Form course at Barnard College.

Created February 2023.

Visual Art Component of Caution Wet Floor
Visual Art Component of Caution Wet Floor
Exploration: Pathways

https://lilyselthofner.com/climbing-lost/
Climbing, Lost by Lily Selthofner — poetry used in sound

Splash Again(st)

Sometimes people feel like fish out of water.

This short film and visual art piece are components of a performance art work exploring stillness, created for the Performance Art course at Columbia University.

Created February 2023.

Splash Again(st) Visual Art Component
Process — Thoughts on Stillness

Upward Spiral

Upward Spiral is an experimental Screendance documentary that navigates the subjective embodiment of selves, objects, and spaces, forging paths between aloneness and togetherness.

I created Upward Spiral to explore the subjectivities of embodiment that hover in the gaps between aloneness and togetherness. First, I worked with my cast members one-on-one to create single-shot films that explored how sacred objects, spaces, and routines are embodied within aloneness. Woven together, these individual experiences portray collective rituals and moods of identity and grounding – as represented by the “object-altar” – the materialities of embodiment.

I also collected 43 drawings, where I asked people to draw their response to the question: “How do you feel in your body right now?” During the rehearsal process, my cast and I explored how movement can influence, represent, and be inspired by the “body-drawing” lens of embodiment as a shared mode of articulation. We also played games and journaled to explore where the self changes between aloneness and togetherness – these processes culminating in a song and series of audio interviews in the film.

All together, the culmination of many subjective experiences, articulated progressively deeper through various mediums, guides the audience through a fundamentally human Upward Spiral towards a more articulately-embodied togetherness.

December 2022

Screenings:

CoLab Performing Arts Collective Fall 2022 Showcase

Pop-up: Screendance Showing

Satisficing

Satisficing explores resistance, interjection, and compulsion in everyday routines.

October 2022

Screenings:

Pop-up: Screendance Showing

Species Loneliness

In reflection of the COVID-19 pandemic, this video explores ‘Species Loneliness’ as defined by Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: “a deep, unnamed sadness stemming from estrangement from the rest of Creation, from the loss of relationship.”

Spring 2022

Screenings:

CoLab Performing Arts Collective Spring 2022 Showcase

Kala

This experimental dance film was made as an assignment for Text, Magic, Performance at Columbia University, relating to shadow puppet theater in Java, Indonesia, specifically Kala, the demon of time.

Created Spring 2022