Bridge 3: Project Statement

April 3, 2019 - Integrative Studio 2

research question

How has the commercialization of street dance through social media influenced street dance culture?


I am really into street dance since high school. Through out the process of learning dance, I went through injuries, judgement, and a lot of process about getting the wrong understanding of how actual dancing really feels while the world was over populated with too much famous studios that was commercialized from the online world.Some of the people they don’t tell you the truth and even they themselves doesn’t;t know what the truth is and was struct in this universal lie that was created by the commercial world. The only information that was early accessed to the majority of people was usually the popular culture, and it was really hard for people to find the root of history and the way of true learning from the right teachers. I want to understand how does these commercialized society and social networks effect on the dancers, how the dancers react, and how they learn through out the process, and also discover how street dance was viewed and transformed because of social media in the technological age as well.

how find source 

while searching for the resources, I search for how social media effect on human relatioinship, since dance is an socially engaging activity. Also, I’ve search for the history of dance, and how social media and technology nowadays effect on human behavior, communication, and so on. Spirituality in dance was also a big part of my research, since dance was actually a healing process to express yourself, which nowadays due to a lot of the technological use, people had increase rate in anxiety and decreasing on awareness of their own feelings and expressions.

how I find my materials

I bought my materials from all over the place in New York.

The boxes and frames were from target and flying tiger, the dancing couples were found at a little Italian store near little Italy, the crystals were from chinatown, the little African sculpture was from the Chelsea flea Market, and other extra materials were the ones that I bought from Taiwan that suits the need of the project itself.

responses you have to Cornell’s work

Joseph Cornell was a great collector and also a guy who was having sensitive relationship towards birds, which was a symbol of his artistic quality. I love how Joseph gently collected what he have into boxes and played with different kind of composition, which made people felt valuable to have his work in an apartment as a “collection within a collection”.

history of Victorian Cabinets of Curiosity

The cabinet of curiosity was a practice that begins in the 13century, which people often felt creepy and mysterious about the collected pieces. Collected objects were often dead animals, poisons, and dolls, and was beloved by various artists in the past. I thought of these mysterious collections as “souls”, and thought maybe people in the past was chasing for the desire of forever young, so that’s why these collections were like mummys that was stored in the museum and may be seen by people forever. Live and Death is always an important theme to artist, and for me I thought of artists as the adventurers who has the courage to seek for truth in living and death.

how to use the source 

Object one – dancer couple – secondary source

Weems, Mickey. “Popular Dance.” In The Fierce Tribe: Masculine Identity and Performance in the Circuit, 163-83. Logan, Utah: University Press of Colorado, 2008.

I choose the couple dancers to represent the evolution from couple dance to individual dance through out history.

Object two– the African sculpture – secondary

Scott, Anna Beatrice. “Dance.” In Culture Works: The Political Economy of Culture, edited by Maxwell Richard, 107-30. University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

The African sculpture was use to represent the African Dance culture, which the source had mentioned a lot of how the Popular Dance, which is the commercialization of the Black Dance is used in American Society through technology as a tool of business and marketing instead of historical culture. 

object three – the DJ Rcords – primary

Ferriday, Zack. A View from the Booth: How the New York Club Scene Is Changing.”  Native Instruments Blog, January 31, 2019. https:// scene-is-changing/ 

The Rcords was used to represent the interviewed DJ.

object four – the crystals – primary

Linda Rabin. “Dance and Spirituality – Linda Rabin.” Linda Rabin. Accessed March 23, 2019.

The crystal represents the quality of spirituality in dance.

Object five – the African hair – secondary

Wolf, Stephanie. “Essay: Hip-hop Dance from the Streets to the Stage.” Colorado Public Radio, January 15, 2014. hip-hop-dance-streets-stage

The hair was used to introduce the interview being Portan, which was a black dancer from Spain who talks about how commercialization of street dance provide work for the dancers, and also, he expresses his preference for free styling before street dance was commercialized into choreography.

Object six – The frame – secondary

Gebski, Todd. “How Does Technology Impact Your Daily Life?” Motus. November 16, 2017. Accessed March 23, 2019. impact-your-daily-life/.

The frame represents the jail of anxiety that creates by technology from the source.




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