Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Staying or Going? Regardless, at the Graduate Center: Coming Back for More

I could only make it to the first session of the PEN World Voices Festival today but what I saw was encouraging, indeed. Elyse Dodgson, who has been working as the Assistant Director International of the Royal Court Theatre for the past 20 years briefly described the 2-year project that is culminating at the Graduate […]

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I Come From There, Wednesday – Friday April 28-30, 2010

The exciting PEN World Voices Festival: I Come From There, New Plays from the Arab World, begins this afternoon, Wednesday April 28, at 4pm with a presentation by Elyse Dodgson, Associate Director International of London’s Royal Court Theatre. Ms. Dodgson will discuss the International Playwright’s Program at Royal Court and its partnership with playwrights from […]

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Illuminating the Science, Part 2

Last week I expressed some skepticism that art and climate science were complementary languages. I also expressed some hope that the nature of these two fields – that is, that they both are ways of better knowing the world – really were reconcilable, and could create a better robustness of understanding the natural world. My […]

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America-in Play’s-“Crossing Over”

America-in-Play, a collective of theatre scholars and artists, presented their riff on nineteenth century Medicine Shows, entitled “Crossing Over” at the MESTC on April 19th. The title was apt in many senses of the word, as the group’s playwrights and actors blended old and new, comedy and pathos in a format that was full of […]

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A refreshing night at Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change event

I had the fortune to celebrate Earth day at the event – Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change. Unlike numerous events on the theme of climate change, this event challenged two groups of professionals with almost exclusive lingo to share their thoughts, work, and to debate on the same panel. As a young graduate […]

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Art + Climate Change: Call to Action

Please don’t show us a photograph of a polar bear on a sinking piece of ice. Not interested in sickening images of smoke stacks, nor of fallen trees, or drought in Africa. Not even a piece about traditional livelihoods in a remote Andean valley where a glacier is melting. We’ve seen it all and we […]

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Intimate, yes, but… how close?

“Maybe if we look at our history together,” one of the characters in Baete Haeckl’s play Luna’s Bracelet starts, “something will happen.” The hypothesis is part of a cacophony of such questions that crescendos towards the end of the excerpts of Luna’s Bracelet read at the Segal Center on April 1st, 2010. The play formed […]

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Illuminating the Science

I’m pretty excited about the 6:30 panel at the Earth Day session at the Segal tomorrow: ILLUMINATING THE SCIENCE: ART AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Klaus Lackner, a geophysicist, will be discussing his invention of artificial trees, which would work to filter CO2 from the environment, presumably in areas where trees are sparse and carbon emissions are […]

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Wherefore art thou, Intersection?

When I prepared for the MESTC “Intersections with Art & Performance” a couple of weeks back, I asked a similar question to my wonderful colleague Mr. Watt about the necessity of disciplinary division. Kenn’s post-event thoughts resonate much with my own: while the issue was raised, mostly in terms of commercial and institutional requisites, it […]

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Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change pre-event

Some thoughts on climate science and art: On Thursday I’ll be attending Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change. The event’s project is surely ambitious.  It claims not only that climate data might be better communicated, or made more robust, through the arts, but that indeed “the landscape of numbers can be populated by dreams […]

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