Elysia Crampton Performs “Severo” Electronic Set in EMPAC Studio 1

TROY, NY — To kick off the summer season at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, electronic musician Elysia Crampton will perform on Friday, May 26, at 9PM. Russell E.L. Butler will support. A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the…

EMPAC Announces First-Ever Summer Season of Performances, Workshops, and Events

TROY, NY — This summer the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a special season of programming to coincide with Rensselaer’s inaugural Summer Arch semester. In addition to the production residencies and research projects that are regularly conducted at the center throughout the summer, the season will be punctuated by a number of concerts, film screenings,…

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…