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Talk About Nothing

October 18, 2010 - January 29, 2011

Talk About Nothing


How we perceive and conceive of what is and what isn't is a universal question. It may, in fact, be the biggest question. It is at the heart of Buddhism's Diamond Sutra, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Einstein's theory of general relativity. And here at the Rubin Museum of Art--itself, a museum of ideas--we have brought together some of the world's most active minds to talk about...nothing. There will be a lot to say.

-Tim McHenry, Producer




Featured Guests & Programs

Karen Armstrong + Imam Shamsi Ali

Amit Chaudhuri + Simon Critchley

Oliver Sacks + John Dugdale

Andrew Harvey + Eve Ensler

Wolfgang Laib + Martin Brauen

Antony Gormley + Tenzin Priyadarshi

Mike Nichols + Christopher Potter

Bill Viola + Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Brian Cox + Alison Gopnik

Andrew Cohen + Lama Surya Das

Ken Burns + Traleg Rinpoche

William Grassie + Shobo Bhattacharya

Philip Glass + Sat Hon

Sandra Bernhard + Michael Cunningham

Rick Moody + Melissa Franklin

Robert Wilson + Charles Renfro

Nico Muhly + Andrew Solomon

Lisa Randall + Christopher Potter

Marie Howe + Christopher Potter

Patsy Rodenburg + Christopher Potter

Laurie Anderson + Charles Seife

Paul Muldoon + Craig Blinderman:
The Sound of Insects

Fiona Shaw + Simon Critchley

Richard Panek + Lee Smolin

Peter Sellars + Raj Patel


This series ran counterpoint to the exhibition Grain of Emptiness (November 5, 2010 - April 11, 2011).

A profound inquiry into the art of representation, Peter Liechti's The Sound of Insects probes the ever-elusive and mystifying line between life and death. The film also blurs the line between documentary and fiction. View the trailer here


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