Belgium’s Multimedia CREW – Jan 26 at EMPAC

The CREW is from Belgium and is highly experimental...and fascinating.

The CREW is from Belgium and is highly experimental…and fascinating.

At the Edge where Art and Science Meet

Troy, NY – The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces HeadSwap, a free event showcasing the culmination of a three-week EMPAC residency by CREW, a Belgian-based multidisciplinary team of artists and researchers. The event will take place in EMPAC’s Studio 1—Goodman on Saturday, January 26 at 7 PM.

CREW’s performances integrate the latest technology into theatrical events, which create new ways of playing and experiencing the medium. They have personalized immersive environments for the audience—challenging common notions of (tele)presence, spectatorship, and narration.

Has CREW discovered a way to create both aesthetic experiences and deep reflection?

Has CREW discoverd a way to deliver both aesthetic experiences and deep reflections?

HeadSwap takes the next step in immersive performance. Participants can navigate and choose their individual point of view within omni-directional footage from Japan and New York City, while “swapping their heads” and simultaneously seeing what another person chooses to see.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made in person at the EMPAC Box Office or over the phone at 518.276.3921. Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5 PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45 PM or they will be released.

Evelyn’s Café will open at 5 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

More information can be found on the EMPAC website: empac.rpi.edu. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

Artists and scientists at work.

Artists and scientists at work.

Who and what is CREW?

CREW is a Belgian-based arts collective operating on the border of art and science. Eric Joris, the initiator of the organization, started his career as a comic strip designer and multimedia filmmaker. Electronic and digital media form the basis of a uniquely artistic way of thinking and the engine for aesthetic experiences and reflection. This results in hybrid performances and installations that question and undermine commonly accepted performative parameters.

For more then a decade, Eric Joris and CREW have created performances on the edge of theater, film, and new media. With video goggles and interactive technology, the company explores a unique medium that puts the spectator at the heart of the experience.

Joris’ work always originates with the search for a medium that both dissects and expands our experience. Intensifying the audience’s sense of immersion is the clear line running through his work as a draughtsman, designer, visual artist, and theater director.

CREW has created a unique position for itself in the field of performing and hybrid arts through experimental productions such as Icarus (2001), Philoctetes (2002), Crash (2004-2005), U_Raging Standstill (2006), O_Rex (2007), W (Double U) (2008), EUX (2008), Line-Up (2009), C.A.P.E. (2010-2012), Terra Nova (2011), and NoHorizon (2012).

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