United & Severed: That Window of Time

Installation Art Project by Kristine Diekman and Karen Schaffman

United & Severed (2008) is an art installation based on the experiences of people living with traumatic injuries. Using videos, audio, dance and real life stories to create a multi-layered sensorial environment, the project reflects the physical reality of life redefined and invites contemplation of human resilience.

Personal stories of shock injury are integrated in an installation art space using sculpture, video, audio, choreography and text. The installation is designed to explore mobility both physically and conceptually. Artists Kristine Diekman and Karen Schaffman collaborated on writing, audio, video, choreography and installation. Richard Keely and Ann O’Cain collaborated on the sculpture and its installation. Kim exists as both a scalable installation and a single channel video.

Exhibit Installations:

2008

California Center for the Arts

2009

Art Produce, San Diego

Screenings:

2010

International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

2010

Istanbul Dance Film Festival

2009

“Topographies: Sites, Bodies and Technologies,” Society of Dance History Scholars, Stanford University

2009

Festival de VIDEOANZA 2009, Tijuana, Mexico

2008

Mostravideo Itaú, Brazil, “Memory and Time”

2008

SEEDS Festival; Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science

Conference Presentations:

2009

College Art Association, Empathy and Media Panel

2008

California Center for the Arts; panel on traumatic injury and narrative; artist’s talk

2008

CORD, “Receptions,” Congress on Research and Dance