Posts Tagged ‘EMPAC’

Dance Movies Premieres April 6 at EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
TAO is the third collaborative dance film between Argentinian filmmaker Cayetana Vidal and choreographer and dancer Sofia Mazza, who explore the superimposition of movement and image.

TAO is the third collaborative dance film between Argentinian filmmaker Cayetana Vidal and choreographer and dancer Sofia Mazza, who explore the superimposition of movement and image.

Troy, NY: The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces the Dance Movies Commission premieres, an evening of screenings, an installation, discussions with the commissioned artists and EMPAC curators, and an open reception on the Theater stage. The event will take place in EMPAC’s Theater on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

This evening event marks the official premiere of the 2011 Dance Movies Commission projects, which were supported by this ongoing unique arts funding initiative. Cayetano Vidal’s TAO will be screened along with excerpts from past DMC recipients. The event will also feature presentations and talks by the commissioned artists as well as founding EMPAC dance and theater curator Hélène Lesterlin and current curator Ash Bulayev. The evening will conclude with an open reception on the Theater stage featuring light fare and beverages. Colin Gee’s installation In the First Place… will be open throughout the event as well as 10 AM to 7 PM on Friday, April 5.

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The Euro Sci-Fi Gem “World on a Wire” (Welt am Draht) at EMPAC March 28 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s rarely screened science fiction thriller World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) is an adaptation of Daniel F. Galouye’s novel Simulacron-3. The original was thought lost but recently the film was reconstructed and restored, and showcases both the genius and the peculiarities of Fassbinder. Imagine his future world peopled by the same cabaret singers and archetypes he used in Genet’s Querelle. His work is always astonishing.

Once again we have a provocative film. Here the filmmaker blurs the boundary between reality and simulation making what we think we see something that is ceaselessly questioned.

At the institute for cybernetics and future science (“Institut für Kybernetik und Zukunftsforschung, IKZ”), a new supercomputer hosts a simulation program that includes an artificial world with over 9,000 “identity units” who live as human beings, unaware that their world is just a simulacron. Professor Vollmer, who is technical director of the program, is apparently on the verge of an incredible secret discovery. He becomes increasingly agitated and anti-social before dying in a mysterious accident. His successor, Dr. Fred Stiller, has a discussion with Günther Lause, the security adviser of the institute, when the latter suddenly disappears without trace, before passing on Vollmer’s secret to Stiller. More mysterious still is the fact that none of the other IKZ employees seem to have any memory of Lause.

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Win FREE Tickets to the Peter Evans Quintet @ EMPAC at RPI on Friday

Monday, March 25th, 2013
Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Taking jazz into the 21st century, the adventurous Peter Evans Quintet will incorporate real-time sound processing with traditional instruments when they invade EMPAC at RPI in Troy on Friday night (March 29). The live electronics allows the group to change their collective ensemble sound fluidly from mellow tones to jagged rattling to cacophonous reverberation. Drawing on traditional jazz idioms as source material, trumpeter-composer Peter Evans and his band contort them into something resembling classical European avant-garde, complete with complex rhythms played with pinpoint accuracy and confounding extended techniques.

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Catch Radiohole’s “Inflatable Frankenstein” at EMPAC, March 22 [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces Inflatable Frankenstein, a theatrical performance by Brooklyn-based collective Radiohole. The event will take place in EMPAC’s Theater on Friday, March 22 at 8 PM.

Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?

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Is It Neurons Firing or Is It the Art? Alva Noë Explores Perceptions at EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Alva Noë (Photo: KUG/Wenzel)

Alva Noë (Photo: KUG/Wenzel)

Why do so many people love art? And what, exactly, comprises art? It’s a question often proffered by cable channels as fodder to fill the spaces between commercials, barely scratching the actual topic’s depth. Thinking deeply about art and how we humans experience it helps us understand a lot of things about ourselves, our lives, our cosmos.

Once again EMPAC at RPI gives us a rare chance to get deep into the subject, exploring new ways of thinking. Coming up is a chance to hear one of the leading experts on the nature of visual consciousness whose talk will allow us to reconsider art and its place in our lives. In this lecture, Alva Noë, a leading figure in cognitive science, will argue that art is philosophical and philosophy is aesthetic. Against this background, new possibilities are presented for understanding what it is to be a person, questioning if our experience of the world stems from the firing of neurons in our brains or from our interactions with our surroundings…

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LIVE: Laurie Anderson @ EMPAC at RPI, 2/14/13

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Shane Koss, Laurie Anderson,  Liubo Borissov and Konrad Kaczmarek (via Skype)

Shane Koss, Laurie Anderson, Liubo Borissov and Konrad Kaczmarek (via Skype)


Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Sara Ayers

As EMPAC’s inaugural distinguished artist-in-residence, Laurie Anderson is committed to engage with RPI and the greater Capital Region community through events that bring focus and insight to her unique and wide-ranging artistic work.

The first public event of Anderson’s residency was a talk held last month, “Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording.” It was an informal and fun affair, which managed to deftly blend arts and technology – a perfect fit for EMPAC.

For the first hour, Anderson served up a somewhat rambling, chronological talk about the variety of “instruments” that she has utilized throughout her artistic career, including the Tape Violin Bow, the Neon Violin, the Handphone Table and the Electric Chair. Utilizing photos, videos, audio clips and sometimes live demonstrations, Anderson also explained how she put technology to unusual purposes – for example, attaching a lipstick camera to the end of her violin bow or putting a pillow speaker in her mouth to orally control the sound of a violin.

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Free EMPAC Talk: Bard’s Greg Moynahan Connects Science and Experimentation with the Arts [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

 Bard’s Greg Moynahan Connects Science and Experimentation with the Arts

Troy, NY: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm, the Observer Effects series will continue with Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe, a free talk by Bard College professor Greg Moynahan that considers the rise of scientific experimentation and its relation to experimentation in the arts. Moynahan is an associate professor in the history and science, technology, and society programs at Bard College will examine the early history of both science and the arts through their common location in collections and museums, suggesting that the appearance of the problem of infinity in natural philosophy was important for the modern relationship between scientific and artistic experimentation. The talk will focus on thinkers such as Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz (the inventor of calculus and founder of modern computing), whose article “An Odd Thought Concerning a New Sort of Exhibition” described a “museum of everything that could be imagined,” which informed the first plan for the Prussian Academy of Science.

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Visionary “The Machine Starts” interactive media performance at RPI’s EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
In a dystopian future how will people live and go about their daily business?

In a dystopian future how will people live and go about their daily business?

Troy, NY: An interactive performance piece – the product of collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students in arts and architecture – will incorporate interactive video, performers drawn from parkour and a capella, and audience participation in a narrative based on E.M. Forster’s 1909 sci-fi novella The Machine Stops.

The Machine Starts, developed in the Production, Installation, and Performance (PIP) design studio, will be presented in six performances on Feb. 28, March 1, and 2 in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), according to Michael Oatman, professor of architecture and co-coordinator of PIP.

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