Tuesday, May 03, 2011

[HvEXAS] This week: Maxine Sheets-Johnstone + Euphorie


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Maxine Sheets-Johnstone: Movement and Mirror Neurons: A Challenging and Choice Conversation
Wednesday, May 4, 6 PM

Dancer, choreographer, and philosopher Maxine Sheets-Johnstone will give a talk over dinner on the primacy of movement in perception and our fundamental understanding of aliveness. A topic rarely acknowledged in the history of western philosophy and science, Sheets-Johnstone will examine how our understanding of space and time is fundamentally conditioned by our experience of movement.

"What moves straightaway captures our attention; it is consistently at the focal point over what is not moving. This focal tethering to movement is no less first-nature to other creatures than it is to ourselves. We are all attuned to the animate over the inanimate; we are alive to movement from the start. Indeed, animation is at the core of every creature's engagement with the world because it is in and through movement that the life of every creature—to borrow Husserl's phrase from the first epigraph—'acquires reality.'" — Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, The Primacy of Movement

A limited number of complimentary light dinners will be served at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the talk. Wine and refreshments will also be available as part of our paid cafe service.

Thursday, May 5, 8 PM
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The project Euphorie was born from the desire to develop a project based on interactions between video, sound, movement, and accidents of life as a 40-minute theatrical performance driven by low-tech tools.

1024 architecture is a company created by Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel, both co-founders of the EXYZT collective. 1024 architecture focuses on the interaction between body, space, sound, visual, low-tech and hi-tech, art, and architecture.

EUPHORIE / MiaouMiaou / 02.10
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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (Series #3) + index (v.4)
May 11 – September 1
Monday – Saturday, 12-6 PM

Glasses and bowls touch as they float through pools of water. The fragile sounds of this chance music combined with music created from the building's network activity that plays on two computer-controlled pianos in EMPAC's lobby.


EMPAC is offering two unique one-week workshops this summer in music and audio, each suited for advanced undergrads, graduate students, and professionals: Composing for Large Scale Multi-Channel Loudspeaker Environments, taught by Hans Tutschku (Harvard) June 5 – 10, and Physical Modeling for Digital Audio Workstation Plug-ins taught by David Amels (New York) July 18 – 23.

Evacuate the Dance Floor
Sat. 05/07, 2 PM

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EMPAC 2010-2011 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.

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