Obie Award-winning Theater Artist Andrew Schneider Offers Free Work-in-Progress Preview

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 30, at 8PM, interactive-electronics artist and writer Andrew Schneider will offer a preview of his new EMPAC commissioned work-in-progress, FIELD, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Admission is free and open to the public. Due to limited capacity, however, we suggest audience members arrive early to ensure admission.

This performance will cap the third in a series of EMPAC production residencies, during which Schneider has worked on the follow-up to YOUARENOWHERE, the winner of an Off-Broadway Theater Award (Obie) in 2015. The new show will receive its soft launch at EMPAC in fall 2017 before premiering in New York City.

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FIELD explores the physics and temporality of parallel universes and perception. Schneider and his collaborator, sound designer and artist Bobby McElver, use lighting, projection mapping, and 3D sound spatialization to create an immersive environment inside of a non-linear narrative that leads viewers to consider where they are and how they got there.

Andrew Schneider is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates and performs in original performance works and videos and builds interactive electronic artworks and installations. Schneider was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007-2014 and has shown his work at 3LD in New York, the Melbourne Arts Festival, LIFT Festival, and in theaters across France, including Maillon, Théâtre de Strausbourg, and Théâtre de Gennevilliers.

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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