In Other Words
There is neither a first word nor a last word. The contexts of dialogue are without limit. They extend into the deepest past and the most distant future. Even meanings born in dialogues of the remotest past will never be fully grasped once and for all, for they will always be renewed in later dialogue.... Nothing is absolutely dead: every meaning will someday have its homecoming festival.
—Mikhail Bakhtin, Estetika
In Other Words was a series about dialogue, conceived through conversation. It brought together six artists who deliver lecture-performances and six thinkers who give lectures in the traditional sense, communicating primarily through words. Each performance and lecture can be experienced independently, but are together in the EMPAC program for a specific reason: their juxtapositions reflect upon each other, build connections across the boundaries of each event, and extend the dialogues into a continuous process of renewal.
EMPAC 2013-2014 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.