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69 | #HarmonyBench

On our fourth episode of ‘dance film’ month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview author and academic Dr. Harmony Bench. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about her book Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common, Dunham’s Data, digital ways of thinking, social media best practices, and dance on screen. Special thanks to Ann Cooper Albright for connecting us for this interview.


[0:28] Martheya and Azaria introduce Harmony Bench


[2:17] Martheya asks: “In your book Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common on page 140 you state “Imitation and replication lie at the heart of how dance travels.” Can you talk to us more about this idea and how you think about dance traveling via social media? Dance film festivals?”

[6:34] Azaria asks: “What do you say to everyone who thinks these(Tik Tok/Digital Dance) are fads?”

[8:16] Azaria asks: “What is Dunham’s Date? Why is this kind of work important?”

[13:09] Azaria asks: “Do you think you will use these tools you are developing now on a grander scale?”

[15:55] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about your anticipated user experience for Dunham’s Data?”

[17:39] Martheya asks: “What is the common? Can you talk about data, surveillance, and monetization and how you see this playing out in the digital space?”

[24:46] Martheya asks: “Do you have any advice to help us navigate social media best practices?”

[29:05] Martheya asks: “Have you noticed a big difference in how you give your attention?”