Filmmaker Ephraim Asili and Poet Sonia Sanchez Present Their New Collaboration, “Inheritance”

Troy, NY — Hudson Valley filmmaker Ephraim Asili is in residence at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop his first feature-length film, Inheritance. On Tuesday, January 23, at 7PM, Asili will present a free live performance of scenes from the film, including a cast of actors and Philadelphia poet, activist, and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez.…

EMPAC Spring Season Kicks Off with Kapwani Kiwanga’s Multimedia “Afrogalactica”

Troy, NY — The Spring 2018 season at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute kicks off on Tuesday, January 16, with Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s multimedia performance Afrogalactica. The performance begins at 7PM in the EMPAC Theater. Afrogalactica is an ongoing project synthesizing film, poetry, mythology, pop culture, science, and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding the African diaspora. An…

EMPAC Announces Spring 2018 Season

Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to present its Spring 2018 season of concerts, theatrical productions, dance performances, film screenings, installations, talks, and work-in-progress presentations. View the entire calendar at empac.rpi.edu. The season kicks off on January 16 with Afrogalactica, a film-performance by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Drawing on the Afrofuturist tradition, Kiwanga assumes the role of speculative anthropologist, mixing…

Iranian Musician Mohammad Reza Mortazavi Unable to Perform at EMPAC Due to Visa-Processing Delays

Troy, NY — The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute regrets to announce that the December 8 performance by Iranian hand-drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi has been cancelled due to visa-processing delays. This is the second time this year that the internationally renown performer has been unable to enter the US in order to make a scheduled performance at the center, and follows the…

French Multimedia Artist Laure Prouvost Presents Work-in-Progress Performance of her New EMPAC Commission, “They Are Waiting for You”

Troy, NY — On Thursday, November 16, French artist Laure Prouvost will present a work-in-progress showing of her new stage performance at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While Prouvost is primarily known for her visual art and film work, They Are Waiting for You is the Turner Prize-winning artist’s first major commission for the stage, currently under development…

Mexican Artist and Composer Laura Luna Performs a New Work Inside EMPAC’s 360° Panoramic Screen

Troy, NY — On Friday, November 17, Mexican artist and composer Laura Luna will perform a new multimedia work to cap a residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The performance will be designed for and take place within EMPAC’s immersive360-degree panoramic screen. A photographer turned video and film artist, Laura Luna began to experiment…

Iranian Artist Ali Moini’s “My Paradoxical Knives” at EMPAC Cancelled Due to Visa Processing Delays

Troy, NY — Due to visa processing delays stemming from current federal immigration policy, Iranian artist Ali Moini will be unable to travel to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his scheduled November 9 performance of My Paradoxical Knives. To honor Moini’s work in his absence, EMPAC will be hosting a reception on November 9, featuring the set of My Paradoxical Knives and…