Hey everybody, Chris Elam here, and I wanted to talk a little bit about my recent experience performing and speaking at TedxEast. Are you familiar with the Tedx series? TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, unique talks given by live speakers combine with TEDTalks videos to spark conversation and connections.

Speaking at TEDx was amazing. I’m a huge fan of the TED video series, and knew that what I shared during my presentation would be viewed by a really large audience from a broad range of backgrounds. I wanted to bring attention to the subject of how we as audiences and artists shape our relationships to the arts, and the opportunities to co-produce and collaborate as active cultural participants. That’s one of the main points of why we wanted to create AEP, and it was an honor to spread the word about the great movement that artists are taking to give audiences more involvement. I was one of seven speakers at the event, including great talks by the founder of MeetUp.com and the CEO of GroundReport.com

It was particularly exciting to perform my dance solo “Cast Iron Crutches” for the audience before I spoke. I think there was something magical in preparing people to talk about the interaction between art and technology by allowing them to see the art and then hear from the artist immediately after. It was a thrilling challenge to dance a 5-minute solo and then change out of my costume in 20 seconds and go directly into speaking for another 5 minutes!  My heart was beating quickly during the talk from having just danced, but that’s live performance, and part of the charm which the audience seemed to enjoy. I’m glad the video captured both live, and I hope you enjoy watching it here:

Oct. 30, 2010, Filed under category Announcements


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