Concerts and More on Tap at EMPAC at RPI This Fall


It’s back-to-school time, which also means that EMPAC at RPI in Troy is ready to launch a new season of all modes of outside-the-box performance, from 3D electronic music to jazz, from dance to classical music, from films to talks.

EMPAC specializes in “time-based art productions that explore the human relationship to emerging media technologies, challenge the boundaries of traditional performance genres, and provoke new ideas about how art and science intersect in the contemporary moment.

Here’s the schedule of events for the 2016 fall/winter season at EMPAC at RPI:

Thursday (September 1), 7pm
VIDEO/READING: Patricia L. Boyd & Anne Boyer, a new video work by Boyd and a reading by poet Boyer.

Friday (September 2), 7:30pm
MUSIC: “108 Troubles,” a performance by Rob Hamilton exploring the 496-channel wave-field audio system.

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30pm
DANCE: “Three Cases of Amnesia,” Choreographer-dancer Jonah Bokaer performs three solo pieces, “False Start,” “Charade” and “Nudedescendance.”

Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm
MUSIC: Mabel Kwan performs “Trois Hommages” by Georg Friedrich Haas, dedicated to György Ligeti, Josef Matthias Hauer and Steve Reich – simultaneously on two differently tuned pianos.

Thursday, September 29, 7pm
PERFORMANCE/VIDEO: Hannah Rickards’ “One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-colored object on the ground,” a performance that uses navigational techniques to choreograph the interaction of a moving camera with two performers.

Thursday, October 6, 8pm
MUSIC: Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) is a London-based rising star of electronic music, mixing R&B with a penchant for sci-fi with woozy, glitched-out beats.

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
FILM/TALK: Ephraim Asili’s “Return of the Electric Love (Take II).” The Hudson-based artist screens and discusses his recent film, an optically printed 35mm film made from found footage of kung fu movies.

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
FILM/TALK: Charles Atlas screens and discusses a program of films that were were influential in the development of his work-in-progress 3D video and performance work, “Tesseract,” including Andrzej Sekuła’s 2002 sci-fi film, “Cube2: Hypercube.”

Saturday, October 29, 8pm
MUSIC: Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn. Two of the most progressive voices in American jazz piano join forces for a performance that blurs the line between composition and improvisation.

Friday, November 4, 9pm
MUSIC: Jlin & Qrion, cutting edge dance music perfectly suited to the contemporary moment, when regional flavors and the tension between sampled material and self-composed sounds are finding common other-worldly ground.

Thursday, November 10, 7pm
FILM/VIDEO/TALK: The Unreliable Narrator. Martine Syms screens several of her recent videos, alongside a discussion of moving images that have been influential to her work.

Thursday, December 1, 7pm
TALK/VIDEO/PERFORMANCE: Magic Electronics. An evening-long conversation between Belgian artist Laure Prouvost and EMPAC curator Victoria Brooks during which the pair will screen and discuss a selection of Prouvost’s work.

Friday, December 9, 8pm
MUSIC: Ipsa Dixit, an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music by composer-vocalist Kate Soper, which explores the intersection of music, language and meaning by blending elements of monodrama, Greek theater and screwball comedy.

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