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Artist Talk: Choreographer, Musician and Digital Artist Grisha Coleman

February 23, 2023

When: 6:00 pm February 23, 2023
Where: The Cube, Moss Art Center, Virginia Tech
Everyone is welcome! 


As an artist and scholar, Grisha Coleman works in areas of movement, digital media, and performance that engage creative forms in choreography, music composition, and human-centered computer interaction. Her research explores relationships among physiological, technological, and ecological systems and human movement, our machines, and the places we inhabit. She is a professor of movement, computation and digital media at Northeastern University in the College of Media Art and Design and an affiliate professor at Arizona State University, School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

Coleman’s fellowship project, “The Movement Undercommons,” reimagines the use of new mobile motion-capture technology to build a data repository of vernacular movement portraits that center on cocreating critical and often overlooked narratives emergent of movement patterns through animate, sonic, and sculptural treatment of movement data.

Coleman earned an MFA in music composition and integrated media from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been supported by a 2021-22 fellowship at the Radcliffe-Film Study Center at Harvard University, as well as by Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, MacDowell, the MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Pioneer Works, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Stanford University’s Mohr Visiting Artist program, and the Surdna Foundation. She was previously a dancer with the acclaimed company Urban Bush Women and subsequently founded the music performance group Hot Mouth, which toured internationally and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

"From Urban Bush Women to Robots: Meet Grisha Coleman" (Dance Magazine, 8/31/21)

This talk is sponsored, in part, by a 2023 Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Grant from the Office of the Provost for the Arts