News

May 25, 2016
EMPAC has a current full-time opening for Master Carpenter & Rigger in its production team.
April 26, 2016
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer recently debuted a unique new system that explores the relationship between sound and space. “Think of it like a pebble dropping into a pond,” says EMPAC’s lead audio engineer Todd Vos, describing the way a...
December 23, 2015
More year-end accolades are pouring in for Ensemble Signal's recording of composer Steve Reich's seminal Music for 18 Musicians . The Guardian 's classical critic Andrew Clements has named the album as his No. 3 favorite .
December 14, 2015
The Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory board (equivalent to the National Endowment for the Arts in the US), has enlisted the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as host venue for...
December 11, 2015
The New York Times has selected Ensemble Signal's recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians as one of the year's best classical albums. The project was recorded in its entirety at EMPAC back in 2011 and the group will be back to record more Reich this coming spring. "REICH: ‘MUSIC FOR 18...
December 2, 2015
When Caitlin McCleery enrolled at Rensselaer, she never expected she’d end up learning so much about smoke machines and LED lights. Since February, the junior biomedical engineering student has been working with the stage technologies team at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing...
December 2, 2015
During her tenure as EMPAC Distinguished Artist in Residence, Laurie Anderson used her time in 2014 to develop a segment of the film that would become Heart of a Dog. The film is meditation on life and death, centered around her dog Lolabelle. It was just announced that Heart of a Dog has made the...
October 30, 2015
Standing in the middle of the Studio 1 black box at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Ute Besenecker says, “There’s no better space to do this work.” In four corners of the room, the Ph.D. architecture candidate and her small undergraduate research team have...
October 22, 2015
Considering differences between hearing and listening may lead to a particular perspective on the developments in media technology over the past 100 years. The technical reproduction of acoustic events, electronic processing, and synthesis of sounds affect all of us: listeners, composers, sound...
September 17, 2015
Argeo Ascani has to be clear and concise. His position demands it. As Music Curator for Troy, New York’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC), the way in which he experiences music must lean toward the efficient and the critical. He represents...
August 26, 2015
Cruise over to the Rensselaer Union site to read this fun little primer on what incoming students should know about EMPAC. (No, EMPAC is not a weather machine...)
August 19, 2015
In a conversation with the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani discussed how the premise of "experimentation" at EMPAC eliminates the traditional idea of "risk" in arts programming by replacing it with an ongoing process of tiny successes and failures.
July 23, 2015
This fall finds a number of long-term residential projects premiering new work, including Ant Hampton ’s interactive theater piece The Extra People and Mark Fell ’s Recursive Frame Analysis , the musician and installation artist’s first foray into choreography. The season will offer a bumper crop...
June 23, 2015
"The scale of EMPAC itself is so remarkably detailed and carefully engineered as to be essentially unparalleled outside of Asia. A perfect juxtaposition of art and science..." Read the full feature story in I Care If You Listen .
June 15, 2015
Read acoustic architect Zackery Belanger's article on Medium .
April 7, 2015
In the summer of 2015, two Rensselaer students will be afforded unprecedented resources and support to undertake projects at the forefront of their academic fields. The Jaffe Student Production Competition is pleased to announce that PhD architecture candidate Ute C. Besenecker and PhD arts...
April 6, 2015
"It’s a place you might expect to find in Tokyo, or Stockholm, or New York City. Instead it’s here in the Capital Region, in Troy. . . ." Read the full story at Capital Region Living .
April 2, 2015
Read Joan Jonas' interview with Rosa Barba, whose site-specific commission The Color Out of Space was shown at EMPAC every Saturday in March.
April 2, 2015
Read the full article profiling EMPAC and reviewing the US premiere of Enno Poppe's Speicher , performed in the Concert Hall by Talea Ensemble on March 13.
November 24, 2014
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...
September 18, 2014
Six years after its debut at the opening festival for the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), one of EMPAC’s first commissioned works, There is Still Time . . Brother , will be presented this fall at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, China. Created by the...
August 27, 2014
TROY, NY — In a talk on October 15th entitled Speaking So to Speak , EMPAC director Johannes Goebel talks of art and language. “Art, any kind of art, was only possible once we had language and were wondering about the meaning of life… Art can let us experience that there is something beyond...
August 14, 2014
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...
May 28, 2014
On Wednesday May 28th at 7:30PM EDT EMPAC will be featured as part of WHMT's AHA! (A House for Arts) series . Tune in to learn more about "a state-of-the-art space for performance, musical, & electronic arts that supports artists from around the world." We will post the video here are soon as...
April 14, 2014
Funded Summer Research Project in Scientific Data Exploration for undergraduate and graduate students A summer research project in Scientific Data Exploration will be hosted by the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture (CCC), the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and...