Ewa Borysiewicz in lecture

In Other Words

September 2013—May 2014

There is neither a first word nor a last word. The contexts of dialogue are without limit. They extend into the deepest past and the most distant future. Even meanings born in dialogues of the remotest past will never be fully grasped once and for all, for they will always be renewed in later dialogue.... Nothing is absolutely dead: every meaning will someday have its homecoming festival.
—Mikhail Bakhtin, Estetika

In Other Words was a series about dialogue, conceived through conversation. It brought together six artists who deliver lecture-performances and six thinkers who give lectures in the traditional sense, communicating primarily through words. Each performance and lecture can be experienced independently, but are together in the EMPAC program for a specific reason: their juxtapositions reflect upon each other, build connections across the boundaries of each event, and extend the dialogues into a continuous process of renewal.

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EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6PM
Talk, Commission
The Beautiful Violent Futures of J.G. Ballard
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6PM
Talk, Commission
How a Sausage Dog Works
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6PM
Talk, Commission
Deconstructing Perception
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6PM
Dance/Theater, Talk, Commission
Dance and Finance—Social Kinesthetics and Derivative Logics
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7PM
Programming the Universe
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7PM
Performance, Commission
“Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7PM
Talk, Commission
New Media, New Documents: On Images, Examples, and Evidence
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 7PM
The Test Drive