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Episode 138 | The Element of Surprise: Erica Felicella

Erica Felicella, Dallas-based interdisciplinary artist, joins Martheya to talk about The Element of Surprise. They discuss mentorship in the arts, Dallas Aurora, AI, and the digital arts. (31:51)


[0:12] Martheya says welcome back 


[1:01] Topic: Erica’s Career & Mentorship 

  • [0:59] Martheya asks: “I was thinking maybe you can briefly introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about the art that you're interested in making.”

  • [1:55] Martheya asks: “Could talk about like where you started and then how you got to where you are right now?”

  • [3:28] Martheya asks: “Can you talk a little bit about maybe how those relationships formed or for our listeners who might be looking for mentors or want to mentor other people in the arts community? Can you share maybe some insight or advice on how to form those important relationships?” 

[8:55] Topic: Audiences & The Element of Surprise 

  • [8:55] Martheya asks: “Have you ever had  audiences be disappointed?”

  • [11:02] Martheya asks: “Do you have maybe three or four key components that you make sure all of your trailers  have that might be useful for myself and for our listeners when we're thinking about, you said, tugging at the heartstrings of the audience to really form that relationship before they enter the performance space.” 

[14:33] Topic: Dallas Aurora & The Digital Arts

  • [14:33] Martheya asks: “Could you tell us, what is Dallas Aurora? And maybe you can talk a little bit about your role as executive producer.”

  • [16:15] Martheya asks: “Erica, can you talk about what attracts you to digital arts?”

  • [17:20] Martheya asks: “What are you seeing are the trends right now with art and technology in 2024? And then what are your thoughts on where are we going tomorrow?”

  • [19:48] Martheya asks: “Do you already have thoughts or concerns for  how individual artists and organizations can continue to negotiate the influence of AI?”

  • [24:53] Martheya asks: “What do you think are the components of this successful intersection of art technology and community?”

  • [26:42] Martheya asks: “How do you say no to the box?”

[28:12] Martheya asks:  

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

  • Instagram

[28:37] Martheya asks:  

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • The Nutcracker

[28:48] Martheya asks:  

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)? 

  • Yes

[38:39] Martheya asks:  

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Facebook for invitations and Instagram for increasing knowledge

media courtesy of Erica Felicella

Connect with Erica Felicella

Felicella is a Dallas based interdisciplinary artist with a focus in performance, new media, photography and installation. She also spends much of her time dedicated to the advancement of artists and the cultural community in North Texas.


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