William Forsythe Symposium:
Choreographic Objects

Wed, Apr 1, 2009
Wexner Center for the Arts

William Forsythe, his collaborators, and other authorities gather to discuss his concept of "choreographic objects."

Exhibition preview | 2 PM
Performances of Monster Partitur | 2:30 & 5:30 PM**
Gallery D

Symposium Discussions | 3–5 PM
Film/Video Theater

[Watch a live stream of the symposium here]

You'll hear about how this idea took form in the works on view in the exhibition William Forsythe: Transfigurations and in Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe, an ambitious new web project created by Forsythe with Ohio State's Department of Dance and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

A celebrated roster of special guests will join Forsythe for these talks: Mark Goulthorpe of MIT's School of Architecture; Alva Noë, professor of philosophy at the University of California Berkeley; Synchronous Objects creative directors Maria Palazzi, director of ACCAD and associate professor in the Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design, and Norah Zuniga Shaw, the director of the dance and technology program and assistant professor in the Department of Dance; and Charles Helm, the Wexner Center's director of performing arts and curator for the Forsythe exhibition. See below (under "more information") for longer bios on the panelists.

**Please arrive early to see the Monster Partitur performance. Each performance is free, but audience size is limited to approximately 50-60 viewers per performance, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance is approximately 20-25 mins. in length (and seating is not provided). If you are unable to attend Monster Partitur on the day of the symposium, additional performances are scheduled from April 1 to April 5.

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This symposium is presented collaboratively by Ohio State’s Department of Dance, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, and Wexner Center for the Arts, with additional support from the Knowlton School of Architecture. Funding has been provided by the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs.

It is planned in conjunction with exhibition William Forsythe: Transfigurations, which is made possible at the Wexner Center with support from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius and from the Contemporary Art Centers network, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs. The exhibition is also made possible through the Wexner Center Residency Award program.

The symposium is also planned in conjunction with the launch of the web project Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe is coproduced by The Forsythe Company with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. Funding is provided by The Forsythe Company, The Forsythe Foundation, The Ohio State University Office of Research, Rotterdamse Dansacademie/Codarts, and Tanzplan Deutschland, an initiative created by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The Forsythe Company is supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse. The Forsythe Company is also supported by Mrs. Susanne Klatten. Additional support is provided by Ernst & Young.