INFINITE RECORD SEMINAR IV: Archive, Memory, Performance

Performances, Exhibition, Symposium

International Conference in KielNovember 14 and 15, 2014
Rinaldi, 34 Carleton St., Cambridge and
Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive., Cambridge

Hosted by Professor Jay Scheib and Senior Lecturer Anna Kohler, Music and Theater Arts, Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Convened by Dr. Karmenlara Ely and Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann,
Østfold University College/Norwegian Theater Academy

The “archive” refers not only to the performative traditions, documents and stories of the past, but also the demand to perform and answer repeatedly to the problem of our own
inevitable disappearance and death. In 2012, the Norwegian Theatre Academy at Østfold University College in Fredrikstad convened an international body of professional artists, activists and scholars including Choreographer/dancer Wen Hui of Living Dance Studio, Beijing, media artist/composer Arnold Dreyblatt and dancer/theorist/director Louise Höjer, (collaborator of Tino Sehgal) to confront creatively, critically, scholarly that which we call “the archive.” “The archive” is the impulse to preserve, leave traces, mark time – or carry forward through sharing that which burdens or inspires vis à vis their anfractuous confrontations with history. By embracing the winning 1999 International Essay Prize, “Dictionary of Winds,” by Ivetta Gerasimchuk, as our central text and centripetal force we are witness to the contest of the “anemophiles” and the “chronists” whose opposing relationships toward the act of archiving inform our discourse. The “chronist” on the one hand, precisely catalogues the world—preserving memory against forgetting. The “anemophiles,” on the other hand, spread their traces to the wind—they pollinate. The unchallenged figure in this “Dictionary of Winds,” is the “timekeeper,” reminding us of impermanence—the metronome of ephemerality, mortality, and death.

Bridging the sciences and the arts, the final seminar of Infinite Record features lectures, panels, and performances by an array of artists and scholars including: Joan Jonas, Anna Kohler, Jay Scheib, Serge von Arx, Bunky Echo-Hawk, John Jesurun, Arnold Dreyblatt, Ingrid Jungermann and Maiya Geddes, Eleonora Fabião, John Gabrieli, Rebecca Schneider, Julie Tolentino, Dr. Karmenlara Ely, Maria Magdalena
Schwaegermann, and more.

Institutional Partners:
Dr. Karmenlara Ely and Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, Østfold University College/Norwegian Theater Academy; Prof. Petra Maria Meyer and Prof. Arnold Dreyblatt, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel; Dr. Claire Hind and Gary Winters, York St. John University, UK; Professor Jay Scheib and Senior Lecturer Anna Kohler, Music and Theater Arts, MIT.

Supported in part by the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, The Council for the Arts at MIT, Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Dean of the School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, and the Program in Theater Arts, Music and Theater Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Current Program Schedule: CLICK HERE

Here are links to announcements about the first three installments of the Infinite Record Seminar:

 

INFINITE RECORD SEMINAR I

 

INFINITE RECORD SEMINAR II

 

INFINITE RECORD SEMINAR III

 

 

Register:  http://mitmta.eventbrite.com

Contact: infiniterecord@mit.edu

Parking: http://mta.scripts.mit.edu/CES/parking/

MIT Map (http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E33)

Suggested Hotel:
The Mary Prentiss Inn
6 Prentiss Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
(617) 661 2929 | stay@maryprentissinn.com

Other Hotels near MIT:

  • The Liberty Hotel
    215 Charles Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    Phone: (617) 224-4000
    Toll Free: (866) 507-5245
    *Please ask for the MIT rate
  • The Kendall Hotel
    350 Main Street
    Cambridge, MA 02142
    Phone: (617) 577-1300
  • Residence Inn at Marriott
    6 Cambridge Center
    Cambridge, MA 02142
    Phone: (617) 494-1885
    Toll Free: (800) 331-3131

 

Directions: 

Via the MBTA Subway from Logan Airport to the Prentiss Inn
Take the Silver Line (Bus Service) to South Station.
At South Station, transfer to the Red Line heading Outbound toward Alewife.
Exit at Porter Square Station, and walk south (left) on Massachusetts Avenue toward Harvard Square.
After four blocks, take a left on Prentiss Street.

From the Prentiss Inn to MIT:
On Mass. Ave.  at the Porter Square Station
Take the Red Line train heading Inbound toward South Station.
Get off at MIT Kendall.  When coming out of the station you will be facing Carleton St.  No. 34 Carleton St,  MIT Building E33 (Rinaldi) is on the left side of the street.

From MIT to the Prentiss Inn:
From the Kendall Station on Main St. at Kendall Sq. just 50 feet from Rinaldi is the MBTA Redline across the street next to the COOP and Marriot Hotel.
Take the Red Line train heading Outbound toward Alewife.
Exit at Porter Square Station, and walk south (left) on Massachusetts Avenue toward Harvard Square.
After four blocks, take a left on Prentiss Street.

Venue Addresses:
Rinaldi, E33
34 Carleton St.
Cambridge, MA

Killian Hall, 14W-111
Hayden Library Bldg.
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

 

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