EMPAC Presents the Premiere of “echo/archive”

Troy, NY — On Friday, March 2, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present the world premiere of echo/archive, a performance collaboration between choreographer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin. Developed over the past year at EMPAC, echo/archive combines live dance with live and pre-recorded video to reflect the layers of memory and heritage that exist in each human body. Elena…

EMPAC premieres  Laure Prouvost’s “They Are Waiting for You”

Troy, NY — On Friday, February 16, French artist Laure Prouvost will present the New York premiere of They Are Waiting for You at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Developed at EMPAC over the past year, They Are Waiting for You is Prouvost’s first major work commissioned for the stage, drawing on themes that the Turner Prize-winning visual artist has become known…

Researcher Patrick Keilty to give talk on the impact of design and information systems in the pornography industry 

Troy, NY — Online pornography is a $97 billion industry with more than 100 million people around the globe visiting pornographic video streaming sites every day. Within that industry, sophisticated technology companies employ hundreds of technical staff to design and develop interfaces, algorithms, data-mining and analytics software, video-streaming software, and database management systems. These designers are responsible for making strategic choices about information management and the…

Filmmaker Ephraim Asili and Poet Sonia Sanchez Present Their New Collaboration, “Inheritance”

Troy, NY — Hudson Valley filmmaker Ephraim Asili is in residence at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop his first feature-length film, Inheritance. On Tuesday, January 23, at 7PM, Asili will present a free live performance of scenes from the film, including a cast of actors and Philadelphia poet, activist, and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez.…

EMPAC Spring Season Kicks Off with Kapwani Kiwanga’s Multimedia “Afrogalactica”

Troy, NY — The Spring 2018 season at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute kicks off on Tuesday, January 16, with Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s multimedia performance Afrogalactica. The performance begins at 7PM in the EMPAC Theater. Afrogalactica is an ongoing project synthesizing film, poetry, mythology, pop culture, science, and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding the African diaspora. An…

EMPAC Announces Spring 2018 Season

Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to present its Spring 2018 season of concerts, theatrical productions, dance performances, film screenings, installations, talks, and work-in-progress presentations. View the entire calendar at empac.rpi.edu. The season kicks off on January 16 with Afrogalactica, a film-performance by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Drawing on the Afrofuturist tradition, Kiwanga assumes the role of speculative anthropologist, mixing…