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Image: Tim Etchells. Red Sky at Night. Installation, 2010. Photo: Tobias Hübel

Talks & Conversations

Committed to fostering debate and dialogue between artists and the public, Crossing the Line 2013 presents a series of talks and conversations around socially engaged arts practice. These talks are intended for both professional development and public discourse.

Conversation with Ernesto Pujol & Carol Becker
Wed, Sept 25 at 7pm
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, NYC [map]

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Carol Becker, Writer and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, joins Ernesto Pujol for a talk about the process of Pujol's sited performance work as it has evolved in relationship to the Buddhist concept of “Ignorance.”

In English
Presented as part of the Rubin Museum’s new conversation series.

Ernesto Pujol
Time After Us
From Thu, Oct 3 at 10:30am to Fri, Oct 4 at 10:30am (24 hrs)

St. Paul’s Chapel
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Tickets $15

Rubin Museum of Art

Co-presented with the Rubin Museum of Art

Lecture by Tim Etchells
Sat, Sept 28 at 6pm
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium, 55 East 59th Street, NYC [map]

Update: Kate Valk will deliver the talk on behalf of Tim Etchells

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Tim Etchells, the Artistic Director of the British experimental performance group Forced Entertainment discusses how language is constructed and recycled, investigating the rules that both liberate and constrain us.

In English.

Due to an unforeseen illness, Tim Etchells will not be present for his conference tomorrow at 6pm. Tim has asked Kate Valk, the award-winning founding member of The Wooster Group and a long-time collaborator, to represent him and to deliver the talk on his behalf. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for this special moment.

The performance at 8pm with Jim Fletcher will take place as scheduled.

Tim Etchells
Sight is the Sense that Dying People Tend to Lose First

Sat, Sept 28 at 8pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
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Free & open to the public!
RSVP required by Mon, Sept 23


With the support of the British Council

The Active Partnership: Artists, Communities, Funders & Institutions
Tue, Oct 1 at 6pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC [map]

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A panel discussion examining better ways to develop and support socially engaged works through partnerships.

Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass

• Paula Marincola, Executive Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia
• Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial & Education Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts
• Maria Canela, Community Organizer and participant in Immigrant Movement International
• Mary Mattingly, Artist

In English

Free & open to the public!
RSVP required by Mon, Sept 16


A Blade of Grass

Co-presented with A Blade of Grass

Does Capitalism Work?
Steve Lambert in conversation with Prof. Richard Wolff & Dr. Harriet Fraad

Wed, Oct 2 from 7–9pm
AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street, NYC [map]

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Artist Steve Lambert continues his examination of the impact of capitalism on American society in a unique dialogue with economics theorist and author Richard D. Wolff and psychologist Harriet Fraad.

In English.

Steve Lambert
Capitalism Works For Me! True/False

Fri, Sept 20 from 12–5pm 
Sun–Wed, Oct 6–9 from 12–7pm

Times Square
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Steve Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done). Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, and others. Lambert’s work has been featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum and The Library of Congress. He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010 and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973–2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967–1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969–1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris, I (Sorbonne). His economic theories are elaborated in several books co-authored with Stephen Resnick, as well as in numerous articles by them separately and together. Professor Wolff was also among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism. His work is available at and

Harriet Fraad is a New York-based psychotherapist-hypnotherapist. She has been the president of the Psychohistory Association. She is a founding member of the feminist movement, and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For forty years, she has been committed to transforming U.S. personal and political life. She is a joint author of the book Class Struggle on the Home Front (Palgrave, 2010). She also lectures and publishes widely on the social causes and consequences of psychological problems. Dr Fraad’s work deals with the interface between economy and psychology. With her husband, Richard Wolff, she coproduces the blog Economy and Psychology. Visit

Free & open to the public!
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A Blade of Grass

Presented in partnership with A Blade of Grass and Times Square Arts.

Engaging Reality
Conversation with Berlin’s Rimini Protokoll Collective

Mon, Oct 7 at 6:30pm
Segal Theatre Center, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street, NYC [map]

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Join us for an evening conversation with the legendary Berlin-based collective Rimini Protokoll. Moderated by Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at CUNY, this talk will look at the highly individual performance work of artists Helgard Haug, Stegan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel, who together make-up the multi award-winning collective.

In English

Screening from 3–6pm
Prior to the talk, there will be free screenings at the Segal Center from 3–6pm of excerpts from recent major works, including Wahl Kampf Wallenstein, Prometheus in Athens, and the “100% series.”

About Rimini Protokoll
Rimini Protokoll creates participatory documentary theater experiences in which real people, or “experts,” share their own stories, voice their own opinions, and illustrate their own circumstances. Recognized as pioneers in the alternative theater scene, the truly international collective has been commissioned by major festivals in Europe and elsewhere. Recent works have explored such topics as Egyptian muezzin, Muslim criers who lead the call to prayer, resisting the consolidation of their profession (Radio Muezzin); Athenians grappling with the Greek economic crisis (Prometheus in Athens); and jet-setting children of corporate executives who feel most at home while in transit (Airport Kids).

Free & open to the public
Seating is limited
First-come, first-served

Segal Center at CUNY Goethe-Institut New York

Co-presented with the Segal Center at CUNY and the Goethe-Institut New York, in collaboration with The Graduate Center's James Gallery.

Proud Presenting Sponsor of Crossing the Line 2013:
Lead Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Florence Gould Foundation
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