It’s 10 p.m. in Rotterdam, Netherlands, when Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Skypes artist Melvin Moti from a cluttered workspace in the Rensselaer Science Center. A team of undergraduate students eagerly assemble the components of their project on a workbench and Zimmerman turns the laptop so Moti can assess their progress. It’s mid-October and the group have only a few weeks left to iron out the bugs in The Vision Machine before it’s scheduled to be installed on the EMPAC mezzanine on December 4.
EMPAC invites applications for the position of Curator for Contemporary Performance (Dance/Theater).
Going beyond a traditional university performing arts center in that EMPAC's events, performances, and projects are only a part of its program—with residencies, commissions, and productions taking up most of the resources—the artistic program set forth by the curatorial team is focused on contemporary art, performance, and their intersections.
TROY, NY — In a talk on October 15th entitled Speaking So to Speak, EMPAC director Johannes Goebel talks of art and language.
The 2015 Jaffe Student Production Competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at Rensselaer. It aims to create projects, which are developed to take advantage of EMPAC’s infrastructure and of the expertise of EMPAC’s team.
The winner(s) of the competition receive a summer production residency at EMPAC. The prize comprises the following components: