36 Performances, Events on EMPAC’s January to June 2013 Calendar

Inspired by meditations on horror films, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Inspired by meditations on horror films, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Troy, New York: The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces the spring 2013 schedule of events. It is a calendar filled with performances, talks, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, and happenings that play with and challenge the boundaries of the arts, sciences, and technology. EMPAC invites the audience to experience adventures that cross the lines of what we think we know; prepare to be engaged and sometimes provoked.

EMPAC is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities, technologies, and by breathing the same air.

EMPAC is dedicated to building bridges between all of our human senses, to modes of perception and experience, to creating meaning in a physical environment, and to the intangible world of digital technology.

Four discrete venues are designed with unique technical infrastructure to enable the audience to see, hear, and move in space in endlessly different ways. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to create new work and present events which enable the public to join with the innovators in the quest for new perspectives.

You can also view the entire spring schedule here: http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/spring/.

All performance tickets (unless specified otherwise) are $18 general admission; $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty & staff; and $6 Rensselaer students. Screenings are $6; talks and installations are free.

The EMPAC facility is an artist's dream come true.

The EMPAC facility is an artist’s dream come true.

Performance
EXIT
You won’t have to be embarrassed when you fall asleep during EXIT. Belgian artist Kris Verdonck and choreographer Alix Eynaudi want to lull the audience to sleep. Pillows will be provided!
Kris Verdonck + Alix Eynaudi
Fri, Jan 25, 7PM
Talk
HeadSwap
CREW, a Belgian-based multidisciplinary team of artists and researchers, will present the outcome of their three-week residency at HeadSwap.
CREW / Eric Joris
Sat, Jan 26, 7PM
Talk
Robert J. Linhardt
Rensselaer professor Robert J. Linhardt will discuss recent research on the anticoagulant drug Heparin and the possibility of mimicking biological systems with artificial devices.
New Frontiers in Glycoscience and Glycoengineering
Tue, Jan 29, 12PM
Performance
Ben Frost
Low and loud—Ben Frost’s music exploits the physicality of sound, using every extreme of pitch and volume with visceral intensity.

Thu, Feb 7, 7:30PM
Talk
Simon Critchley
Philosophy and the Art of Dying
Philosopher Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, will recount stories of philosophers’ deaths, and reflect on the role of philosophy in living a good life.
Tue, Feb 12, 6PM
Performance
Hot Box
Brian Rogers/The Chocolate Factory
Hot Box is loud, dark, foggy, sweaty, messy, and very live.
Fri, Feb 15, 8PM
Performance
Hot Box
Brian Rogers/The Chocolate Factory
Hot Box is loud, dark, foggy, sweaty, messy, and very live.
Sat, Feb 16, 8PM
Screening
Holy Mountain
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 cult film, Holy Mountain, creates an uncompromising vision of the rituals and power of religion in an uproar of provocative images.
Thu, Feb 21, 7:30PM
Campus:
Performance
Untitled Apocalypse
Allison Berkoy
Fri, Feb 22, 7PM
Campus:
Performance
Untitled Apocalypse
Allison Berkoy
Sat, Feb 23, 2PM
Campus:
Performance
Music for Violin, Piano & Computer
Neil Rolnick
Wed, Feb 27, 7:30PM
Talk
Greg Moynahan
Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe
This lecture by Greg Moynahan, professor of history, science, technology, and society at Bard College, will examine the rise of the scientific experiment in the early modern period and its relation to artistic experience.
Wed, Mar 6, 6PM
Performance
Inflatable Frankenstein
Radiohole
Inspired by meditations on horror films, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.
Fri, Mar 22, 8PM
Talk
Alva Noë
See Me if You Can!
Alva Noë, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, will question if our experience of the world stems from the firing of neurons in our brains or from our interactions with our surroundings.
Wed, Mar 27, 6PM
Screening
World on a Wire
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
A science fiction thriller in which the boundary between reality and simulation is ceaselessly questioned, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire follows a conspiracy at the Institute for Cybernetics and Future Science.
Thu, Mar 28, 7:30PM
Performance
Peter Evans Quintet
A jazz quintet for the 21st century—traditional idioms contorted by real-time computer processing and performed with pinpoint accuracy.
Fri, Mar 29, 8PM
Talk
Johannes Goebel
About Differences: Art, Science, Engineering
This lecture does not go along with putting art, science, and technology into one bag and shaking it before deep-frying the mixture. A perspective on the differences in motivations and goals may open up a respectful view of the other fields and potential collaborations.
Thu, Apr 4, 6PM
Performance
Sarah Michelson
Devotion Study #2
In Devotion Study #2, Sarah Michelson works with animator Jack Tilley as they challenge the vitality of one medium (dance) through translation into another (animation).
Fri, Apr 5, 10AM–7PM
Performance
Colin Gee
In the First Place…
Colin Gee, a Lecoq trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary artist, presents In the First Place…, a multi-layered dance film installation that explores the relationship between memory and location.
Fri, Apr 5, 10AM–7PM
Performance
Sarah Michelson
Devotion Study #2
In Devotion Study #2, Sarah Michelson works with animator Jack Tilley as they challenge the vitality of one medium (dance) through translation into another (animation).
Sat, Apr 6, 10AM–7PM
Performance
Colin Gee
In the First Place…
Colin Gee, a Lecoq trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary artist, presents In the First Place…, a multi-layered dance film installation that explores the relationship between memory and location.
Sat, Apr 6, 10AM–7PM
Screening
Cayetana Vidal
TAO
TAO, the third collaborative dance film between Argentian-based filmmaker Cayetana Vidal and choreographer Sofía Mazza, explores the superimposition of movement and image.
Sat, Apr 6, 7:30PM
Campus:
Screening
Tell Me Everything
Josh Thornson
Wed, Apr 10, 7PM
Performance
Robert Henke
Fragile Territories
An installation using a state-of-the-art laser system to create floating patterns of volatile luminosity.
Fri, Apr 12, 7:30PM–10PM
Performance
Robin Fox
An immersive laser show that envelops the audience in synchronous sound and light.
Fri, Apr 12, 9PM
Performance
Robert Henke
Fragile Territories
An installation using a state-of-the-art laser system to create floating patterns of volatile luminosity.
Sat, Apr 13, 12PM–10PM
Talk
N. Katherine Hayles
The Affective Power of Digital Media
In this lecture, N. Katherine Hayles will explore the co-evolution of technical objects and contemporary humans.
Wed, Apr 17, 6PM
Screening
Quay Brothers
Selections from Phantom Museums
A screening program of the short films of the Quay Brothers, identical twins renowned for their stop-motion animated films that combine puppetry and painstakingly detailed handmade sets.
Thu, Apr 18, 7:30PM
Performance
Trieste
Marie Brassard
Marie Brassard and Infrarouge, her Montreal-based theater company, present Trieste, a contemporary fable inspired by the city of the same name on the Adriatic Sea, developed in part during an EMPAC production residency.
Sat, Apr 27, 8PM
Talk
David Link
Software Archaeology
Media archaeologist and artist David Link will discuss software archaeology through historic examples, such as the early computer, Ferranti Mark 1.
Wed, May 1, 6PM
Campus:
Performance
[radical] signs of life
Heidi Boisvert
Fri, May 3, 7:30PM
Performance
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Ryoichi Kurokawa
Fri, May 3, 8PM
An audiovisual performance of impossibly detailed vibrating geometric constellations that overrun and distort everyday life as clouds of sound pulse in time.
Campus:
Performance
[radical] signs of life
Heidi Boisvert
Sat, May 4, 7:30PM
Screening
The Third Man
Directed by Carol Reed
This classic 1949 film noir set in shadowy post-war Vienna stars Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles, and Alida Valli.
Thu, May 9, 8PM
Performance
It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend
Lisbeth Gruwez
A speech can be a mighty weapon. Belgian-based choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez transforms a recorded speech by ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart into a disturbing gesture and dance form.
Fri, May 10, 8PM
Community:
Performance
American Music Festival
Albany Symphony Orchestra
Thu, May 30–Sun, Jun 2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the social sciences and humanities. For over 30 years, the Institute has been a leader in interdisciplinary creative research, especially in the electronic arts. In addition to its MFA and PhD programs in electronic arts, Rensselaer offers bachelor degrees in electronic arts, and in electronic media, arts, and communication — one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and EMPAC are two major research platforms that Rensselaer established at the beginning of the 21st century.

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

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