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Blind Dates Recursive 05

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 2–3 pm, Dia Beacon

Event details
Saturday, April 13, 2024
2–3 pm

Dia Beacon
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York

Included with museum admission, registration is recommended.

Blind Dates Recursive 05

Question: Who decides memorials? [When?/Where?/How?/Why?]
Facilitated by Paul Legault 

Paul Legault is a writer and editor who is interested in translation as a generative practice for creating original works of writing and art. He has published several books, including The Madeleine Poems (2010); The Other Poems (2011), a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (2012); Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 (2016); Lunch Poems 2 (2018); and The Tower (2020). He co-edited The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (2012) and previously, together with Sharmila Cohen and Lauren Hunter, the translation journal Telephone which featured a foreign poet in each issue translated into English by multiple writers. From 2013 to 2015 he served as Writer in Residence at Washington University in Saint Louis. He currently works at Penguin Random House and lives in Beacon, New York. 

About the program series

Blind Dates Recursive is a series of participatory public conversations held at Dia Beacon in conjunction with Rita McBride: Arena Momentum (on view through January 2025). These engagements take place on McBride’s Arena (1997), a modularly structured tribune that is activated by the presence of audiences and performers alike.

Inspired by the artist’s decision to make the digital design files of Arena freely available through a copyleft license, which allows for the public to access and reinterpret the work, Blind Dates Recursive provides an ongoing, open forum to consider and enact the shifting nature of authorship.

Each month, an invited facilitator poses a question and draws on their unique field of expertise to act as an instigator, listener, and moderator of the responses and conversation. Participants are encouraged to think out loud and in dialogue with each other during the hour-long session, at the end of which the facilitator will guide the group to collectively form a new question. The new question will be posed at the next session by a new facilitator. In this way, like a game of Telephone, Blind Dates Recursive generates iterative gatherings and an evolving public dialogue over the course of the exhibition.

The public is encouraged to participate on a recurring basis.

Blind Dates Recursive 06
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 2–3 pm

Blind Dates Recursive 07
Saturday, July 13, 2024, 2–3 pm

Blind Dates Recursive 08
Saturday, August 10, 2024, 2–3 pm

More information on the full program series is available here.

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