“Watering the Flowers” Film Series Continues with EMPAC Artists-in-Residence Screenings

Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce the second half of the Watering the Flowers film series, which will feature the work of EMPAC artists-in-residence throughout the Spring 2017 season.

Started in Fall 2016, Watering the Flowers takes its title from cinema pioneer Georges Méliès’ 1896 film of the same name, which was itself a copy of a Lumiere brothers film and was in turn endlessly copied and referenced by fellow filmmakers. In a similar way, this film series aims to “water the flowers” by allowing current artists-in-residence to screen the films that influence them.


On March 1, the series continues with Berlin-based artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. Boudry / Lorenz create staged films and film installations that often begin with a song, picture, or script from the past and proceed to upset normative historical narratives. The duo are in residence at EMPAC to create a new moving-image work based around a score by the late composer and Rensselaer professor Pauline Oliveros. They will screen a program of videos by themselves and others to provide context for the project.

On March 23, Canadian artist Isabelle Pauwels returns to EMPAC following the production and premiere of her multimedia performance ,000, in 2014. With this residency, she commences production on a major new moving-image work that takes its cues from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the televised spectacle of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). For this screening, Pauwels will present clips and excerpts that inform the project, ranging from The MMA Hour’s “Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer to Thomas Beckett and Bugs Bunny.

On April 24, artist Mariam Ghani will introduce her ongoing research into films from the Afghan Film Archive—the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan—in the context of her own in-progress film. What we Left Unfinished explores five unfinished feature films that were made between 1978-1991, during the years of Afghan Communism.

Each screening begins at 7PM. Admission is $6.

This spring’s lineup follows the Fall 2016 season, which featured Watering the Flowers events with Ephraim Asili, Charles Atlas, and Martine Syms.

For further information, please visit empac.rpi.edu. For press and academic inquiries, please contact Josh Potter at pottej2@rpi.edu.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers 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 cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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