Let's Dance America!

Jeffrey Augustine Songco's avatar Jeffrey Augustine Songco

"Let’s Dance America!" is a video compilation of short stories that I have collected and written, and then perform for the camera. Each story begins with an answer to the question: "when and where did you first learn the Macarena". While the song itself acts as the common denominator for the stories, each story transpires into one of many personal yet familiar experiences that address a variety of themes including dance, the body, love, faith, family, nationalism, tragedy, and celebration. In keeping with the concept of 'going viral' and literally addressing UICA's ArtPrize 8 exhibition title "FUTURE TALK" curated by Heather Duffy, "Let's Dance America!" also features social media components ripe for viral distribution, including a selfie station, a functioning app to tweet and share animated gifs, a hashtag #LetsDanceAmerica, and a Snapchat filter for revelers to use during ArtPrize weekends. Disguised as a celebration of American pop culture, the work subversively focused on the coded words of gay identity, including 'viral,' 'positive,' and 'exposure'. For a complete description and interpretation of the artwork, please visit: songco.org/lets-dance-america

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 52 minutes
  • Medium: video and performance
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: variable