artist residency

Fire Dialogues: The Quest for an Impossible Music

Guillermo Escalon and Igor de Gandarias
October 27–November 3, 2023
EMPAC and the Hudson River

Filmmaker Guillermo Escalon and composer Igor Gandarias are in residence at EMPAC to record the Hudson River journey of Beatriz Cortez’s sculpture Ilopango, the Volcano that Left, for a forthcoming film (2024). The sculpture will sail up the Hudson River by boat from its exhibition at Storm King Art Center to EMPAC for the opening of Shifting Center, where it will be installed for the duration of the exhibition. Shifting Center also features Escalon and Gandarias’ film Rapsodia.


Friday, November 3, 2023


Shifting Center is made possible by Teiger Foundation. This project is supported by a Curatorial Research Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit