Troy, NY — On Thursday, September 28, Berlin-based artistic duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will screen their new film Telepathic Improvisation at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The event begins at 7PM and will include a conversation with Victoria Brooks, EMPAC’s curator of time-based visual arts.
Shot in the EMPAC Theater during Spring 2017, Telepathic Improvisation takes as its starting point the late Rensselaer professor and famed composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 score of the same name. Scored as prose rather than musical notation, the original Oliveros work calls for the audience to telepathically communicate with the performers, creating “heightened states of awareness” based on an expanded space of communication. Indeed, “telepathy” in this sense, means simply “feeling at a distance.” Boudry / Lorenz take this idea further, asking the film’s audience to also communicate with the other, non-human, elements onstage, from the theatrical lights to a group of autonomous white boxes that glide across the stage.
The film is bookended by a 1969 text by German revolutionary Ulrike Meinhof that prescribes resistance in the face of global capitalist oppression. In this vein, Telepathic Improvisation attempts to disrupt historical narratives surrounding agency and action by elevating the technical, non-human actors to the equal status of their human counterparts and communicate new worlds collectively.
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz have been working together in Berlin since 2007. Their staged films and film installations often start with a song, a picture, a film or a script from the past. They produce performances for the camera, staging the actions of individuals and groups living—indeed thriving—in defiance of normality, law and economics. Telepathic Improvisation is presented as part of a year-long series of major presentations Everybody talks about the weather… We don’t by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz in the US, co-curated by Alhena Katsof in collaboration with the Walker Art Center’s Moving Image Commissions, Minneapolis; EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy; Participant Inc., New York; and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH).
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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.