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Episode 139 | multi/trans/inter/anti-disciplinary dance & technology: Erica “EG” Gionfriddo, ARCOS

Updated: Jun 21

Erica “EG” Gionfriddo, Co-Founder of ARCOS, joins Martheya to talk about multi/trans/inter/anti-disciplinary dance & technology. They discuss ARCOS, how social media has shifted artmaking, building your portfolio online, and the impact of AI in the classroom . (41:43) 


[0:12] Martheya says welcome back 


[2:14] Topic: EG & ARCOS

  • [2:14] Martheya asks: “Can you talk a little bit more about ARCOS?”

  • [6:14] Martheya asks: “Could you talk to me about one, what are the technologies that you're working with?”

  • [7:11] Martheya asks: “Could you talk about maybe why that's of interest to you and why that might be important?” 

  • [11:58] Martheya asks: “I don't know if you want to call them like audience or participants or those who experienced the work of Arcos what are you hoping to create for them or what do you hope their takeaways are?”

[16:42] Topic: Social Media & AI

  • [16:42] Martheya asks: “We've talked about this big umbrella term of technology, and I want to dig a little bit deeper into social media specifically. Are there other shifts in social media that have influenced your approach to art making and sharing?” 

  • [24:17] Martheya asks: “Could you talk a little bit about that and maybe the advice you give to your students could be transferable for myself and for our listeners?”

  • [27:15] Martheya asks: “Do you have any practical tips like things that you think are important to have if you do have a social media or a website or do you have like maybe you could give us three to five like practical tips we could take and apply right away?”

  • [29:31] Martheya asks: “I want to talk a little bit more about what you're seeing in higher education and particularly AI in the classroom.  Have you seen a lot of people submitting papers that maybe Chat GBT wrote, or  do you have any tips for other dance educators who want to integrate these exciting, important new digital technologies, but they also want to create parameters and frameworks that leave room for original thought and creativity?”

  • [33:51] Martheya asks: “How do you say no to the box?”

[35:09] Martheya asks:  

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

[35:35] Martheya asks:  

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Musical theater from my childhood

[36:04] Martheya asks:  

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

  • I'd have to put it along a spectrum 

[36:19] Martheya asks:  

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram 

Connect with EG & ARCOS

Facebook: /arcosdance

Twitter: @ARCOSdance

Erica “EG” Gionfriddo is a dance artist and educator investing in the intelligent body each of us occupies. They are co-founder of ARCOS, whose ongoing experimentation creates via a method of “hacking,” or repurposing everyday technologies into performance. Their hybrid works have been presented by the American Dance Festival, UNESCO, CURRENTS New Media Festival, Ammerman Center Symposium on Arts and Technology, Engagement Symposium of Philosophy and Dance, and an award-winning production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. EG serves as Co-Head of Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where they are an Assistant Professor of Practice and Provost Teaching Fellow.

Photo Credit: Sarah Navarrete @bysarahannie


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