1. Gordon Hall: Residencies In Depth

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    Titled after a line from composer John Cage’s remarkable 1959 Lecture on Nothing, Gordon Hall’s lecture-performance Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody will offer a history of lecture-performances using sculptural objects, sound, and projected images. Hall is the founder and director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, a roving series of curated lecture-performances that embraces the lecture format itself as a creative medium. The Center for Experimental Lectures emerged from Hall’s studio practice, where sculptures and performances pose questions about the possibilities created and foreclosed by different kinds of platforms, from furniture to politics. Curator: Emily Zimmerman

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    • Ewa Borysiewicz: How a Sausage Dog Works

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      Curator Ewa Borysiewicz discusses the work of Polish avant-garde filmmaker Julian Józef Antoniszczak (1941-1987). Antoniszczak created animated films by scratching images directly onto the film, and his work is commonly associated with naïve, trashy fables and harmless humoresque. Borysiewicz screens Antoniszczak’s animations and unpacks a hidden and carefully considered political dimension in the filmmaker’s cameraless workshop. The aim of the workshop was to stimulate the creativity of viewers subjugated to oppressive social and political conditions imposed by the Polish communist state. This talk is presented in conjunction with Julien Maire’s lecture-performance, Open Core, taking place on September 20. Antoniszczak’s experimental approach to technologies for producing visual images echoes the work of Julien Maire, who similarly disassembles image-making machines to create new methods for moving images. The talk will present Borysiewicz’s research into the archive of Julian Józef Antoniszczak, and was inspired by the work and ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin and his reflections on the subversive aspects of humour and the carnivalesque. September 24, 2013 Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/other-words/ewa-borysiewicz http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/open-core http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/sublimate

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      • David Link: Software Archaeology. On the Resurrection of Programs for the Mark 1, 1948–58

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        The Ferranti Mark 1 (1948–1958), the world’s first commercially available electronic computer, was used to create some of the earliest computer music and video games. This talk by artist and media archaeologist David Link will detail the problems and solutions of resurrecting software for the Ferranti Mark 1. Link’s research in the field of software archaeology, which belongs to the broader field of archaeology of algorithmic artifacts, proceeds in a theoretical and practical way at the same time. As humans increasingly problem solve through machines and software, history must also account for algorithmic artifacts 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. May 1, 2013 Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/spring/david-link

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        • Thomas Keenan: New Media, New Documents: On Images, Examples, and Evidence

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          In this EMPAC commissioned talk, Thomas Keenan will consider new forms of documentary in relation to the rise of social media. This talk is presented in conjunction with Rabih Mroue’s performance 33RPM. Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/other-words/thomas-keenan Rabih Mroue's 33RPM http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/33rpm

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          • Ellen Esrock: Touching Words & Images

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            Rensselaer professor Ellen Esrock researches the effect that our sense of touch, temperature, body position, and pain has on our perceptions of visual art and literature. In this talk, she explores how spectators and readers use their own body to reshape the boundary between themselves and an imagined fictional world. This softening of boundaries permits readers and viewers to immerse themselves in worlds outside of their own and to locate these worlds within the self. Touch, as part of the somatosensory system, functions along with the viscerosensory and motor systems to deepen our emotions and cognitions of these blended realities. Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/detail-view/ellen-esrock

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            • Randy Martin: Dance and Finance—Social Kinesthetics and Derivative Logics

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              In this commissioned talk, New York University professor Randy Martin will link the movement of capital within financial markets to the history of dance. Made in response to Bureau de l'APA’s La Jeune-Fille et la Mort, performed on October 12, Martin will draw parallels between choreographies of currency and bodily movement. Using the concept of the derivative as a key example, he will show how logics from financial markets inform social values and ultimately impact cultural production. Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/other-words/randy-martin

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              • Alva Noë: See Me if You Can! Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

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                New ways of thinking about the nature of visual consciousness allow us to reconsider art and its place in our lives. In this lecture, Alva Noë, a leading figure in cognitive science, will argue that art is philosophical and philosophy is aesthetic. Against this background, new possibilities are presented for understanding what it is to be a person, questioning if our experience of the world stems from the firing of neurons in our brains or from our interactions with our surroundings. Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/spring/alva-noë

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                • Deville Cohen: Residencies In Depth

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                  Deville Cohen talks with Assistant Curator Emily Zimmerman about his work in development, Zero, in Studio 1 at EMPAC. Deville Cohen's most recent work, ZERO, is inspired in part by the television crime drama The X-Files. His interest in idiosyncratic systems of relations and understanding leads to taking closed narrative forms, like the television show structure of a crime scene, investigation and resolution, only to twist it apart. That recognizable structure breaks down, becomes abstracted and is exhausted, revealing the fragile qualities of the materials, devices and logics he uses. Influenced by theater, sculpture, cinematography and collage, he creates abstract psychic dramas that are clearly handmade, but nonetheless visually and structurally complex. -- www.empac.rpi.edu http://devillecohen.com/

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                  • Ed Osborn: Residencies In Depth

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                    Ed Osborn's sound art pieces take many forms including installation, sculpture, radio, video, performance, and public projects. His works combine a visceral sense of space, aurality, and motion with a precise economy of materials. Ranging from rumbling fans and sounding train sets to squirming music boxes and delicate feedback networks, Osborn's kinetic and audible pieces function as resonating systems that are by turns playful and oblique, engaging and enigmatic. Osborn has performed, exhibited, and lectured, and held residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The recipient of many awards including a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Stipendium and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he on the faculty of the Visual Art Department at Brown University. Curator: Emily Zimmerman

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                    • Ryan + Trevor Oakes Talk: The Periphery of Perception

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                      Ryan and Trevor Oakes have held a lifelong conversation about the nature of visual perception, resulting in a complex new method for drawing reality. In this panel discussion, writer Damien James and photographer Michael Benson join the Oakes brothers to discuss their drawing method, as well as their approach to thinking about light, optics, and vision.

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