EMPAC from the Inside
Behind the Scenes of Production and Research
Quite simply, there is no other venue with EMPAC’s technical infrastructure and programming potential anywhere else in the world. Beyond the hundreds of public events that take place each year, the studios and venues are used almost continually for extended artistic and research residencies, giving birth to new works and technologies “behind closed doors.”
In this presentation, EMPAC’s Senior research engineer Eric Ameres will pull back the curtain on technological work performed in collaboration with artists, scientists, and the EMPAC production teams. Through a series of vignettes, anecdotes, interviews, and some “show and tell,” he’ll explore the ever-expanding repertoire of technology and give insight into where experimental media and the performing arts can meet in production and research, providing a rare glimpse behind the scenes from what the audience typically gets to experience.
Eric Ameres received his BS and MS in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer and joined the EMPAC team in 2007. As Senior research engineer, he was on the initial team that designed and built out the technical infrastructure of the EMPAC building, and now works with artists and researchers to further develop and apply these tools. Ameres has worked in such diverse fields as algorithmic music software, process control and automation, database development and business automation, intelligent robotics, video game design and production, and multimedia compression and delivery. He is recognized as inventor or co-inventor of over a dozen granted and provisional patents in interactive multimedia, video compression, and streaming, as well as in collaborative computing interfaces.