Sensing Environments

Earth Week Festival

April 18 – 21, 2013

During the week leading up to Earth Day 2013, Rensselaer presents the Sensing Envi­ronments festival, an array of performances, lectures, films, exhibits, and workshops that showcase the theme of environmental sustainability.

The festival is a joint initiative of Rensselaer’s Task Force on Interdisciplinary Excel­lence in Sustainability Studies and the Department of the Arts. The Task Force brings together scientists, engineers, humanities scholars, and artists to promote new ways of understanding, experiencing, and promoting environmental sustainability. The fes­tival spotlights renowned experts from Rensselaer’s own faculty as well as leading figures in the arts and sciences internationally. It culminates on Earth Day with a performance of world drumming and a newly commissioned composition by Susie Ibarra inspired by the festival theme.

Organized By:: 
Rensselaer Sustainability Research Network + The Department of the Arts
  • Alan George
  • Andrea Polli
  • Anne Lewis Johnson
  • Branda Miller
  • David Dunn
  • Devesh Chandra
  • Dr. Gavin Schmidt
  • Elizabeth Press
  • Jim Weber
  • Marina Zurkow
  • Matthew Gold
  • Michael Mascarenhas
  • Mimi Pickering
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Roberto Juan Rodriguez
  • Steve Elkins
  • Susie Ibarra

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
National Science Foundation
State of the Arts - NYSCA