October 4th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg
October 1st, 2010, 12:01 pm by Sara
While EMPAC is widely known for the high-tech, limitless possibility of its genre-smashing performance art, the concept of Live Shorts was that invited artists were asked to create a performance that was constrained by a rather strict set of rules:
1.) The performance must be under 20 minutes in length.
2.) The performance area is 20 x 30-feet.
3.) The performance may include one screen, one projector and a sound system.
There were nine artists who participated in Live Shorts throughout the weekend-long Filament festival, and they were grouped together in presentations of threes.
On Saturday afternoon, we caught Live Shorts ST2B in EMPAC’s Studio 2, and here’s what we saw:
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The Filament Festival wraps up a 3-day weekend of cutting-edge multimedia performances, talks and installations this Sunday with The Star Room, a performance of a work begun by composer Maryanne Amacher and finished after her death by Sergei Tcherepnin and Micah Silver.
A contemporary and/or inspiration to the likes of Lamonte Young, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and Thurston Moore, Amacher was noted for her massive, immersive sound installations that Alvin Curran described in a remembrance as “a silky glass roaratorium of palpable audible vibrations.”
When she passed away last October, Amacher had been working for two years on an EMPAC-commissioned piece for the Theater. During her residency, she created an ethereal space for floating sounds with 30+ loudspeakers, most hidden in rooms distant to the performance space. Sergei Tcherepnin and Micah Silver, who worked most closely with her on the project, have collaborated on an interpretation of this unfinished work with the hope of sharing a glimpse of what this piece was to become.
Preceding the performance will be a ceremony naming the air plenum beneath the Theater in honor of Maryanne, a space she called The Star Room.
Filament: Maryanne Amacher: The Star Room @ EMPAC, Troy
Sunday October 3, 4:00 PM
FREE + Open to the public
(Previously on Nippertown: Remembering Maryanne Amacher by Micah Silver.)