Filmmaker Mariam Ghani to Screen Rare Afghan Films at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Monday, April 24, at 7PM, artist Mariam Ghani will present a selection of rare films produced between 1978-1991 from the Afghan Film Archive at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. What We Left Unfinished is Ghani’s long-term research and film project. Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as…

Choreographer Trajal Harrell Presents “The Return of La Argentina” at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Tuesday, April 25, at 5PM, choreographer Trajal Harrell will present a special matinee performance of his dance The Return of La Argentina at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The performance will take place on the EMPAC Mezzanine and is free and open to the public. The performance marks the beginning of Harrell’s artist residency…

Choreographer Mary Armentrout offers workshop at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Wednesday, April 12, San Francisco-based choreographer Mary Armentrout will conduct an open workshop at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Titled From Feldenkrais to GoPro, the event will introduce participants to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education in the context of contemporary media technologies such as the GoPro portable camera. The workshop…

Violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers presents solo concert at EMPA

Troy, NY — On Tuesday, April 18, violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers will perform in the Concert Hall at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pianist Akira Eguchi will accompany. The concert begins at 8 PM. A superstar of the violin world, known for her purity of sound as much as for her innovative programming and…

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…

A Talk by Media Theorist Susan Kozel at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On March 29, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host media theorist Susan Kozel to discuss her research on the convergence of philosophy, dance, and media technologies. The talk, titled When Performance and Philosophy Become Design Materials: Dialogues Between Dance and Interaction Design, will start at 7PM. Admission is free and open to the public. In the realm of…

EMPAC Offers Intensive Spatial Audio Summer Workshop

Troy, NY — Recent advances in multichannel audio technology have created exciting new possibilities for the spatialization of sound. With Wave Field Synthesis and Higher-Order Ambisonics, electronic composers now have the ability to place and move sounds through the listening space with an extraordinary degree of precision. This summer, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute partners…