Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days

Book Launch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Our new book, Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days, presents a vivid mosaic of all the events, projects, and works developed and presented here at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center from 2014 back to inception. To celebrate what we have achieved and kick off the next 4,158 days of this ongoing experiment, we cordially invite you to join us for this official book launch, which will directly precede the first event in the Fall 2015 Program.


In our first decade, hundreds of people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines came to create new work—artists, scholars, researchers, and students—all in collaboration with EMPAC’s team. Over 688 pages, Programming EMPAC offers a comprehensive listing of all 413 projects that have taken place, between 2014 to 2004. It begins with EMPAC in its current state, and ends with its first project: the Wooster Group’s THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER. Each project entry is a snapshot, with a brief description and vivid images, which combine to form a portrait of EMPAC.


  • At 5:30PM guests are invited to join us for a reception on the EMPAC Mezzanine. Everyone who arrives before 6 will receive a complimentary copy of the book; after 6, it will be available at the discounted rate of $25.
  • Around 6PM, President Shirley Ann Jackson will speak on her founding vision for EMPAC, and reflect on both the center’s first decade as well as its future ambitions.
  • Director Johannes Goebel will then speak to his experience building the EMPAC program up to and beyond the first 4,158 days.
  • At 7PM, the Fall 2015 Program will formally commence with the first of eight screenings in the On Screen/Sound film series, an evening of cinematic shorts that highlight innovations in sound design, culminating in the 1982 cult classic sci-fi feature Tron.
Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days
September 2, 2015, 5:30PM

EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.