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The Moving Cell Project


Abbie Anderson


October 30, 2013

Institution ArtsConnectEd

What goes on inside a living cell? Can we use dance to imagine, embody, and understand the conditions inside a cell?

This Art Collector Set is based on the work of a scientist and an artist who collaboratively investigate these questions. David Odde is a biomedical engineer who studies how cells crawl and divide. Carl Flink is a choregrapher and the director of Black Label Movement. His dancemaking is known for its intense athleticism and humanistic themes. Together, their work is called The Moving Cell Project.



This Set demonstrates a multidisciplinary approach that lends itself to arts-infused or arts integration teaching. Relevant areas of study include dance, movement arts, physical education, and the sciences (biology, physics, chemistry). This Art Collector Set is designed with two potential uses in mind:

  • A home study module for a flipped classroom. Before assigning the Set, use class time to cover essential vocabulary (bodystorming, cell, hypothesis, molecule, etc.). Outside of class time, students review the Set independently (or in small groups). Then exploration continues in the classroom. 
    • VARIATION: The slide titled "More predictions and rapid-prototyping" could be removed from this home study module and used instead as a classroom activity. To do so, rephrase the thought experiments as active bodystorming experiments to be performed and analyzed during class time.
    • RESOURCES: Please see the attached list of teacher resources.
  • Professional development and source material for educators. Educators are encouraged to digest the content of this Set and use it to generate their own lesson plans.
    • APPENDIX: An appendix is attached for in-depth study of The Moving Cell Project's work.

This Set was developed through a partnership with Walker Art Center and Perpich Center for Arts Education (Dance Outreach).

Feel free to customize this Set by making modifications appropriate for your classroom. As a registered user of ArtsConnectEd, first duplicate this set to make a copy in your account, then edit its contents using Art Collector.

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 10-Adult
Instructional Method: Interdisciplinary, Multimedia Instruction
Added to Site: October 30, 2013