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 7PM, Johannes Goebel will host ART!??!!!, a dialogue on these and other questions at EMPAC | Curtis R.…

Ni’Ja Whitson Performs “A Meditation on Tongues” at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, April 5, at 7PM, choreographer Ni’Ja Whitson presents their dance performance A Meditation on Tongues at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A Meditation on Tongues is Whitson’s live-dance adaptation of filmmaker and activist Marlon T. Riggs 1989 film Tongues Untied, a groundbreaking portrait of black, gay identity. Upon its release, Riggs’ Tongues Untied was one of the first efforts…

EMPAC’s Other Uses Series Continues with Filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins

Troy, NY — On Monday, March 26, at 7PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents the next event in its yearlong film series Other Uses. Focused on the work of filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins, the event will feature documentary and performance videos the artist made from the 1970s to the present. Jenkins will be making a…

Restless NYC’s This Was the End transforms Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into a multimedia theatrical installation

Troy, NY — In playwright Anton Chekhov’s canonical work Uncle Vanya, the titular character asks, “What if I live to be 60?” Contemporary dramaturg Mallory Catlett and her troupe Restless NYC have attempted to answer this question with This Was the End, an Obie Award-winning work featuring four actors in their 60s. The project will now enter a new phase of development at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental…

The Crossing to perform Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon’s “Anonymous Man” at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 22, at 7:30PM, Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing will perform composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon’s new choral work Anonymous Man at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Commissioned by the 24-voice choral group, the hour-long piece expands on Gordon’s architectural approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sounds on top of…

Swedish Composer Ellen Arkbro Performs New Work at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 PM, Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro will perform at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The concert will feature the premiere of a new piece written for electric guitar and algorithmic synthesis that Arkbro has developed over a two-week residency at the center. Ellen Arkbro is a Stockholm-based musical alchemist whose…

EMPAC Presents Second Annual Spatial Audio Summer Seminar

Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce the second annual Spatial Audio Summer Seminar July 9-22. Co-presented by the Paris-based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) and Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the intensive seminar is a rare opportunity for musicians, composers, programmers,…