“Contemporary Performance and the Multiverse”

December 9th at 7pm
Location: Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Avenue (at 56th Street)
Free with RSVP

On December 9th, PS122 will host the second discussion in its new Conversations with Culture series, “Contemporary Performance and the Multiverse.” The conversation uses as its launching pad PS122 artists Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl’s work Terrible Things, a new collaborative work exploring the multiverse though personal narrative, particle physics, and a shifting “set” of 600 marshmallows that stand in for particles, potential energy, and the sub-atomic realm. Panelists will discuss the role and ramifications of contemporary performance as a mode of articulating scientific theory and expressing our human experience of the laws and mysteries of the physical universe. These events are free and open to the public and endeavor to reinsert performance into the cultural, economic, and environmental debates coursing through contemporary society, from which it has recently largely been excluded.

Participants Include:

  • David Z. Albert, Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, Author of Quantum Mechanics and Experience and Time and Chance

  • Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl – co-creators of Terrible Things, which premieres at PS122 on December 4th.

  • Brian Schwartz, Director of the Science & The Arts program at the CUNY Graduate Center and 2009 winner of the Andrew W. Gemant Award, given annually by the American Institute of Physics to recognize significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics.

  • DJ Spooky, creator of Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica playing at BAM
    Dec 2 -5. https://djspooky.com/
  • Richard Easther, Professor of Physics at Yale University

“Contemporary Performance and God”

October 20th we are hosting our first Conversation with Culture @ 7pm – 11th Street bar (11th Street b/w Avenue A & B).

Participants include:

  • JAY WEGMAN, Director of the Abrons Art Center and and former Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • MORGAN THORSON, choreographer: HEAVEN premiering at Performance Space 122 on October 25th
  • JOHN MERZ, Diocese of New York Episcopal Chaplain to NYU
  • MICHAEL DE DORA JR., Executive Director, Center for Inquiry-New York City
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