Full Responsibility is a single screen film. It was developed through practice-research in a collaboration between screendance artists Simon Ellis and Rebecca Salzer (University of Alabama). Pre-production and production of the materials for the edit were completed while in residency at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in the spring of 2018. Tuscaloosa is home to The Machine,[^1] and to the weight of the history of slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow, and civil rights. The air is thick with race. In our conversations we noted the compromises, the complexities, the conflicts of the diversity agenda, and we noticed that we have different feelings about our whiteness; or perhaps it is that we are different kinds of white liberal.
The film is a response to a number of key influences: the nature of "white fragility";[^2] the phenomenon of apologies online^3; and expanded screendance and choreographic practices. If screendance is understood as a filter through which to look at or notice things about moving and still images,[^5] then we imagine this film tests the limits of how that filter can or might be applied.
The work follows previous artistic and scholarly investigations of race, whiteness and privilege by Ellis with Colin Poole as "Colin, Simon and I".[^6]
[^1]: See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Machine_(social_group)
[^2]: DiAngelo, (2011) ‘White Fragility’. Int. J of Critical Pedagogy 3 (3), 54–70.
[^3]: See the 2nd part of Reply All's "Dramageddon" podcast for a characterisation of YouTube apology videos as being "delicious".
[^5]: Ellis, (2018) 'Between Faces'. Keynote presented at Light Moves International Festival of Screendance, Limerick Ireland, 9 November 2018.
[^6]: e.g. Ellis, Simon, and Colin Poole. 2014. A Separation. London: Sadlers Wells [Performance]; Ellis, Simon, and Colin Poole. 2016. Our White Friend. London: Independent Dance [Performance]; Ellis, Simon, and Colin Poole. 2018. No Conflict Here. Malta: Dance Studies Association [Performance Presentation].