EMPAC—The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

In this lecture, Greg Moynahan, an associate professor in the history and science, technology, and society programs at Bard College, will consider the rise of scientific experimentation and its relation to experimentation in the arts. He will consider the early history of both through their common location in collections and museums, suggesting that the appearance of the problem of infinity in natural philosophy was important for the modern relationship between scientific and artistic experimentation. The talk will focus on thinkers such as Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz (the inventor of calculus and founder of modern computing), whose article An Odd Thought Concerning a New Sort of Exhibition described a “museum of everything that could be imagined,” which informed the first plan for the Prussian Academy of Science.

The Observer Effects series invites thinkers to present their highly integrative work in dialogue with the fields of art and science. This lecture series takes its title from a popularized principle in physics that holds that the act of observation transforms the observed. Outside the natural sciences, the idea that the observer and the observed are linked in a web of reciprocal modification has been deeply influential in philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, and politics.

March 6, 2013

CURATOR: EMILY ZIMMERMAN

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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout


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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout the year. EMPAC is also a space where artists and researchers engage in new creative practice through its residency program.

For information on these and other upcoming events,
visit empac.rpi.edu.

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