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Dance with a Stranger

Artist – Daniel James

How do we share experiences and have human connection in the digital age? It’s a big question! Artist Daniel James has created an interactive digital artwork that gets you thinking about it. When you touch your hand to it, a person will appear and invite you to dance with them while your hands are pressed together.

The ‘strangers’ who appear on screen are members of the Lower Hutt community, filmed during workshops held in the lead-up to the public presentation of this artwork on Saturday 17 August at the Final Fantastic Festivities. A family friendly day full of free art workshops, mural painting, performances and an 80s dance party.

Come along to our drop in sessions and be filmed dancing in Dance with a Stranger! There are four sessions around Lower Hutt:
Sat 27 Jul – Walter Nash Centre, Taita – 12.30-4pm
Sun 28 Jul – Naenae Bowling Club – 9.30-11am
Sun 28 Jul – Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub – 1.30-5.30pm
Mon 29 Jul – Wainuiomata Community Hub – 12.30-4.30pm

About the Artist:

Daniel James is an interdisciplinary artist based in Wellington. With a creative practice that spans more than ten years, his work traverses audio and video, robotics, performance, installation art, and interactive electronics. Career highlights include an upcoming performance at Prague Quadrennial 2019 (audiovisual components of a contemporary dance performance), a human scale robot installed at Prague Quadrennial 2015 (New Zealand national pavillion), networked (NZ/UK) audiovisual performances at Museum of Modern Art Oxford and Goldsmiths College, and co-producing the open source film project Stray Cinema (London/Barcelona). Dan holds a PhD in Fine Arts specialising in audiovisual remix performance.