Posts Tagged ‘EMPAC’

Fugue States, Feral Horses and the Choreography of Flesh @ EMPAC on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Ward of the Feral Horses, by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

“Ward of the Feral Horses,” by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

Over at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, New York we look forward to “media-dance” pioneer and Merce Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, who will be in residence this spring to develop a new piece of choreography tailored for the screen.

The multimedia dance form he helped popularize has been a programming priority at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy) ever since its opening.

With generous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES commission will present this year’s selected works on Saturday (January 31) at 7pm. Admission is free.

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New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 1/29-31/15
Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 1/31/15
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays


10 Artists Show 4 Works Over 10 Hours in One Day @ EMPAC Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

On Saturday (October 4), EMPAC at RPI in Troy will present a day of contemporary art spanning disciplines, inviting the public to experience a festival of newly commissioned works that push boundaries of storytelling, along with one of the most technically outstanding guitarists of our time.

At 4PM, Temporary Distortion begins a six-hour performance of “My Voice Has an Echo in It,” combining live music, text and video in a fully enclosed 24′ x 6′ capsule made of two-way mirrors. All performers are completely confined within this free-standing, soundproof box; the audience watches and listens from outside, but the performers cannot see outside the container.

The first of three EMPAC-commissioned works premiering that day, “My Voice Has an Echo in It” calls into question the very nature of live events, with all sounds created by the performers captured, processed and stored by a computer before being played back for the listener after a few seconds delay. The audience experiences the performance both as a live spectacle and a disembodied record of what has just been presented. Audience members can listen to the performance through headphones stationed at windows in the soundproof box and are free to come and go whenever they please.

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A Cabinet of Curiosities Performed in “Death and the Young-Girl” at EMPAC in Troy [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Death and the Young-Girl (photo: Robert Bouthillier)

“Death and the Young-Girl” (photo: Robert Bouthillier)

There are several unusual – and endlessly fascinating – programs at EMPAC in Troy in the coming days. Most interesting is theatrical experimentation that conflates sound poetry, classroom lessons from a one-of-a-kind ballet instructor, songs, sculptures and music by a string quartet which combine to form a multifaceted and symbolic portrait of “the Young-Girl.” Created by Québec-based Bureau de l’APA, and presented by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, on Saturday, October 12 at 7pm it is another chance to see what the cutting edge artists of today are doing to push the creative envelope.

Inspired by a treatise by the French collective Tiqqun titled “Raw Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl,” Bureau de l’APA’s “La Jeune-Fille et la Mort (Death and the Young-Girl)” illustrates in fragments the concept of the “girlization” of the world so characteristic of our era of over-consumption and pathological seduction. According to the texts, “the Young-Girl is not always young; more and more frequently, she is not even female. She is the figure of total integration in a disintegrating social totality.”

Ferociously undisciplined and rigorously unruly, Bureau de l’APA generate emotion in uncommon ways as they deconstruct ideas, words and clichés and hijack eras, genres and styles. Blasts of protest have never blown with such grace on our certainties and convictions.

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Glistening Music from Oneohtrix Point Never at EMPAC at RPI, 9/12/13 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never – a k a the ambient-noise musician Daniel Lopatin – generally forgoes percussion altogether, instead creating beautiful, glistening caverns of space that shift in sneaky, oceanic fashion. At once they’re vast and also slippery. But something as pedestrian as a beat? Never that.

The Brooklyn-based composer creates music that is often described as “cinematic” and “orchestral.” While broad in range, Lopatin does not ignore the small stuff; his sound engineering crafts and controls every detail and effect. Pulling from a wide range of influences—synth sounds, television commercials, classical minimalism, and high-end audio production—Lopatin condenses the disparate sounds to form music that slopes forward with self-contained narratives.

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FILM/LIVE: “The Films of Laurie Anderson” @ EMPAC at RPI, 5/2/13

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Sara Ayers

Back in 1998, Laurie Anderson was headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – just down the hill a bit in Troy from EMPAC at RPI – to perform “The Speed of Darkness.”

“I guess you could say that it’s kind of my tirade about technology,” Anderson said in an interview at the time. “I was just feeling so frustrated with all of this equipment that I decided to write about it. It really is a situation where equipment and the technology tends to escalate. Not just for me, a `multimedia artist,’ but I think for everybody, and everybody feels this pressure.”

Chances are Anderson was feeling that same pressure earlier this month during the second half of her double-header, “The Films of Laurie Anderson” at EMPAC. The earlier 5pm screenings went off without a hitch, as she screened a wide variety of short films, including “What Do You Mean We?” (produced as a segment for the PBS-TV series “Alive From Off-Center”), “Drum Dance” (an excerpt from her 1986 concert film “Home of the Brave”), “O Superman” and “Beautiful Red Dress” (a pair of music videos), a captivating interpretation of “Carmen,” an excerpt from her 1994 CD-ROM “Puppet Motel,” a handful of decidedly left-of-center “Personal Service Announcements” (addressing the national debt and the national anthem, among other intriguing topics) and a strange promotional video for her 2010 album, Homeland.


Win FREE Tickets for “It’s going to get worse and worse, my friend” @ EMPAC on Friday!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Counter to the childhood rhyme of “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” we know that speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries, it has fired up countless masses and mobilized them into action… for better or worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Such is the power of words.


Laurie Anderson and Pauline Oliveros Film & Performance May 2 at RPI’s EMPAC in Troy [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Laurie Anderson and Pauline Oliveros @ EMPAC

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York announces an evening of screenings by EMPAC distinguished artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson featuring a special guest performance with both Anderson and Rensselaer Arts professor and composer Pauline Oliveros. The screenings will take place in the Concert Hall at 5 and 8PM on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The back-to-back presentations will provide audiences with a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in Laurie Anderson’s films and videos. She will lead us through two separate screening programs, including many of her works. The 8PM presentation will be capped off with a screening of a silent film to which Anderson and Pauline Oliveros play together.

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Be Here Now: The Quay Brothers’ “Phantom Museums”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The Quay Brothers: Selections from Phantom Museums @ EMPAC

As part of their Shadow Play film series, EMPAC at RPI in Troy is offering a one-night-only screening a handful of short films by the Quay Brothers at 7:30pm on Thursday (April 18). Culled from their double-DVD collection Phantom Museums, the films span the 30-year career of identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay, highlighting their unique stop-motion puppet films that are brimming over with haunting, dream-like visions. Still is truly stunning, mesmerizing stuff…

The films begin at 7:30pm on Thursday, and admission is $6. The screening includes:
“Street of Crocodiles” – 1986 (20:32 min.)
“The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer” – 1984 (14:12 min.)
“Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies” – 1987, (14:29 min.)
“The Comb” (from “The Museum of Sleep”) – 1990 (18:04 min.)
“Still Nacht IV” – 1994 (3:56 min.)
“In Absentia” – 2000 (19:17 min.)

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