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…

“Some Kind of Joy” Profiles Architecture Firm That Designed EMPAC

Troy, NY — In 2001, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and his practice won the architectural competition for the design of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout the building’s construction, the collaboration between Grimshaw Architects, now just Grimshaw, and Rensselaer was very close in all details of this extraordinary project. On Monday, March…

“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…

Choreographers Gerard & Kelly host Open Studio for “Modern Living”

Troy, NY — On Thursday, February 23 at 7PM, choreographers Gerard & Kelly will host a free open-studio presentation on their work-in-progress, Modern Living, exploring queer intimacy and domestic space, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2016, Gerard & Kelly choreographed nine dancers in performances at the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, CA, the site of an…

EMPAC Presents an Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis, Demonstration and Discussion

Troy, NY — In 2016, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute completed construction on a 496-speaker “wave field synthesis” audio array, one of the most extensive and precise systems of its kind in the world. On February 16, 17, and 18, EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek…