EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel Hosts an Open Dialogue on Art

TROY, NY—Why is there art? Why should anyone care? Isn’t everything art and everyone an artist? What is the place of art in this society and at Rensselaer? And what is EMPAC’s place in all this? On Wednesday, April 11, at 7PMJohannes Goebel will host ART!??!!!, a dialogue on these and other questions at EMPAC | Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The founding director of EMPAC, Johannes Goebel has published and lectured internationally on the arts, science, engineering, technology, and aesthetics. He has participated in the integration of digital technology with contemporary artistic theory and practice over the past few decades. In 2001, Goebel was hired by Rensselaer to direct the implementation of EMPAC, a bold new vision for transdisciplinary research and artistic production at the nation’s oldest engineering university. In parallel and leading up to the completion of the landmark facility in 2008, Goebel laid the foundation for the artistic and research program including its unique artist-in-residence program, which, in its first decade has logged over 4000 production days, presented over 600 cross-genre performances, and commissioned more than 100 new time-based artworks across the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and visual arts.

With EMPAC, Rensselaer has created a platform that is known around the world for its advanced technological capabilities and adventurous programming. As Rensselaer continues to pursue its vision of The New Polytechnic, integrating the traditional methods of science, engineering, and art with programs like ART_X, EMPAC serves as a hub for creative life on campus and a strong assertion of art’s place within STEM education. Approaching its 10-year anniversary this fall, EMPAC remains a radical proposition in the world of higher education, research, and the performing arts, and has become a model for other aspiring projects across the globe.

The event is free and open to the public. Goebel invites audience members of all backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a dialogue about ART!??!!!.

For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.

EMPAC | Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s most technologically advanced university performing arts center. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work at the confluence of human and digital space. Four exceptional venues enable audiences and presenters to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for transdisciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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