Friday, February 17, 2012

[HvEXAS] REMINDER! Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There | Sat. 02/18, 8 PM | EMPAC, Troy, NY
Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There 
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8 PM 
EMPAC Studio 1 – Goodman
Troy, NY
$18 general admission / $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty + staff / $6 Rensselaer students

What happens when you place two chatbot programs in conversation? What might they have to say about age-old philosophical questions? In Hello Hi There, Obie Award-winning director and writer Annie Dorsen poses these questions by staging two chatbots as live performers, reflecting on the issues of language, creativity, and political power raised in an infamous television debate between philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist Noam Chomsky in 1971. Each conversation between the chatbots forges a unique path, resulting in an unexpected and humorous meditation on what separates humans from machines.

Prior to Annie Dorsen's performance, there is a FREE screening of the original, lively 60-minute debate between Foucault and Chomsky cinema-style (including all the movie snacks you can eat!) in EMPAC's Studio Beta at 6 PM.

* Clips from Hello Hi There

* Transcript of the Foucault/Chomsky 1971 debate:

Obie Award-winning director and writer Annie Dorsen works in theater, film, dance, and digital performance. She is co-creator and director of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which Spike Lee subsequently made into a film. In 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical and with Juren and DD Dorvillier on Pièce Sans Paroles. In 2009, she created two music theater pieces, Ask Your Mama and ETHEL's TruckStop. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Evelyn's Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines - service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

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