The View


The View from Elizabeth Stehling on Vimeo.

Digital Video
7 minute loop
Filmed & Edited by: Elizabeth Stehling
Dancers: Katarina Fitzpatrick and Hannah Lareau
With Additional Footage & Music by: Steve Snell


Email Elizabeth for a link to watch: liz.stehling{at}gmail{dot}com.

Filmed at The View Hotel in Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation as well as Plug Projects and Stockyards Brewery in the Kansas City West Bottoms. Special thanks to the directors of Plug Projects, and Greg Bland at Stockyards Brewery for use of the location.



The View follows two women on their search through mediated worlds, one carrying an hourglass, the other a smartphone. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of digital technology on our relationships to time, to ourselves, and on our ability to experience the sublime. Hypnotic, transient realities continuously fracture the frame of a majestic landscape. As the sands flow and seconds pass, we fall deeper into the loss of our digital innocence.

This piece for Plug Projects Time Trials takes inspiration from futurist theories including Alvin Toffler's book, Future Shock, written in 1970. It describes ‘future shock’ as a state of mind that comes about when an individual is not able to mentally or emotionally keep up with the rapid rate of technological change. Written pre-Internet, it is fascinating to compare where digital progress has taken us today in context of his predictions.

PLUG Projects hosted Elizabeth Stehling as a resident of the Time Trials program. For the month of January 2018, Elizabeth used the two galleries at PLUG to film a new site-specific work, collaborating with dancers Hannah Lareau and Katarina Fitzpatrick. The video was screened on April 7-8, 2018 at PLUG Projects in Kansas City, Missouri.


Dancer Biographies:

Katarina Fitzpatrick is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company (KACICO), as well as a guest artist with other local performing groups and independent artists. Her choreography has been presented in the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Contemporary Dance performances, at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Katarina holds a BA from Mercyhurst University with majors in Dance (choreography concentration) and Anthropology/Archaeology. She has trained at the Kansas City Ballet School, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, The Ailey School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Hannah Lareau teaches for Kansas City Ballet, Empire Dance Academy, and several other places around Kansas City. She has trained throughout the area, as well as many summer training workshops in Los Angeles. She teaches many styles and performs for her own collective called Illuminate Dance Collective, as well as That’s Entertainment KC, Epic Innovative Events, and works often as a freelance performer. Dance is her passion and release; it is her avenue to share stories with the world through the art of movement.




PLUG PROJECTS (established in 2011) is a curatorial collaboration by four Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. Their goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists

Support for Plug Projects is provided by the Rocket Grants program, administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the ArtsKC Fund, the Francis Family Foundation, the PLUG partners, as well as private donations. PLUG Projects is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.





Copyright Elizabeth Stehling 2018