Charles Atlas

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Artist Charles Atlas introduces a program of films that were influential in the development of his work-in-progress 3D video and performance work, Tesseract, which will be premiered at EMPAC in January 2017 in collaboration with choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Cube2: Hypercube by Andrzej Sekuła will be shown along with accompanying shorts.

Cube2: Hypercube, a 2002 science fiction feature by Andrzej Sekuła that was filmed almost exclusively within the constrained space of a metal-framed “cube” of diffused light. Reliant on active camera work that renders identical rooms with variable timescales, gravity shifts, folding spaces, and deadly CG effects, the film portrays a group of increasingly disoriented protagonists as they attempt to puzzle their way out of a quantum maze. Circling Steadicam work and close-up shots alternate with split-screens and camera rotations to render claustrophobic parallel realities. 

Atlas’ Tesseract is a six-chapter work of science fiction, shot in digital 3D, which traverses a series of hybrid and imagined worlds. Often filmed with a mobile camera that pierces into the dancers’ choreography, the images reach out from the theatrical and cinematic realm and into otherworldly dimensions beyond the screen. Shifting back and forth between the live and the filmed, from stage to screen, the accompanying performance combines Mitchell and Riener’s choreography with Atlas’ live video via a series of active cameras on stage.  

  • Jill and Freddy Dancing (1963)
    Andy Warhol
  • The Midnight Party (1938)
    Joseph Cornell and Lawrence Jordan
  • Cube2: Hypercube (2002)
    Andrzej Sekuła

Watering the Flowers is a new year-long screening program. Each evening focuses on a recent film or video by an EMPAC-affiliated artist, and will be succeeded by a program of other shorts or features that were influential in the making of their work, whether fiction or documentary, experimental or commercial. 

Victoria Brooks
October 27, 2016, 7PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.