Kurt Hentschläger to Perform Audiovisual Work EKO

The third in his trilogy of works created for the splendid void of total darkness


Troy NY – On Thursday, November 14, at 7:30PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present the galactic premiere of Kurt Hentschläger’s audiovisual performance EKO in the splendid void of total darkness.

EKO is the third work in Hentschläger’s ongoing series staged in complete darkness. Beginning with the 2017 installation SOL and the recently premiered 2019 installation SUBEKO is a dedicated live performance within this body of work.

Erasing the audience’s perceptual boundaries, the absolute absence of light in EMPAC Studio 2 is interrupted for only fractions of seconds with bursts of micro-animated geometric forms emanating from an LED wall display. Returning again to darkness, abundant retinal afterimage impressions unravel within each viewer’s eyes, slowly fading and fusing with the surrounding darkness until the eventual next eruption of light. Attuned to the fragile nature of these ghostly retinal afterimages, the piece’s ambient electronic soundscape gently diffuses through the space with occasional infra bass density.

New York-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual installations and performances. Between 1992 and 2003 he collaborated with Ulf Langheinrich in the pioneering artist duo Granular-Synthesis. In advance of the premiere, he will be in residence at EMPAC to complete work on EKO.
For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.

Kurt Hentschlager
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:30PM
EMPAC Studio 2
General Admission: $20
RPI Student: $6

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.

EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.

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