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Daniel Burkholder: On-Site: Lynden
June 3 – June 19
From September 2020 to May 2021, artist-in-residence Daniel Burkholder explored the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden through his practice of embodied screendance. This approach combines dance, mindfulness, somatic modalities, and improvisational movement captured by a stationary video camera during 20-30-minute sessions. Returning weekly to the garden allowed Burkholder to experience the sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic changes that occur over the course of three seasons: from the changing colors of the autumn, to the sudden snowstorms of the winter, to the gentle transformation of buds into flowers in the spring. The artist kept returning to the questions of how to be in relation to a site, how this relationship develops over time, and how movement anchors this practice. This video installation compiles excerpts from the video footage to offer an opportunity for visitors to reflect, meditate, and experience the environment as it changes from one scene to the next.
Visitors are invited to stand, sit, lie down, meditate, nap, or move in relation to the video. The artist has also provided two prompts for those who want to experience some of the practices of presence that informed the work.
About the Artist
Daniel Burkholder choreographs, improvises, performs, teaches, designs lights for theatrical performances, and practices the Feldenkrais Method and Mindfulness. His choreographic/improvisational work spans theatrical performances, site-specific events, immersive media, and screendance, and has been presented at numerous venues throughout North America and internationally. His current work includes: On-Site, a series of embodied screendance experiments; Embodied Truth: finding ways to move together, a collaboration with Kimani Fowlin examining race and gender through the lens of parenting; and, act/re/act, a podcast exploring improvisation through conversations with remarkable artists. Burkholder is currently an associate professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the director of the MFA in Dance program.