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October 8, 2008
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — In one work, laser scans of a body are animated in 3D, inscribing the movement of an absent dancer; in another, a solitary figure is hurtled forward–seemingly in a single take of the camera–through an evolving and fanciful urban landscape; and in another, scantily...
February 3, 2008
This is the sort of noble sentiment that excites artists and philosophers, as expressed by Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, a generous funder of the arts: The arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others, allow us to...
November 17, 2007
TROY — The folks at RPI know more than one or two things about numbers. Longtime faculty member and composer Neil Rolnick named his recent piano piece Digits , referring to the numerical language of computers and the 10 digits of a performer’s hands. A tour de force for soloist, electronics and...
November 10, 2007
Neil Rolnick has spent most of his career putting music and musical ideas into machines, and making them spit it back out again. But it's only in recent years that the composer and longtime Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty member, who turned 60 last month, has found the unique musical voice...
October 18, 2007
It’s an unexpectedly warm and humid September night in Troy, and scores of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students are swarming around campus. It’s a Friday, and most are clearly dressed for the usual collegiate hijinks. Some, however, are making their way to tonight’s performance by the...
October 4, 2007
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. —In 2007, its inaugural year, EMPAC’s DANCE MOViES Commission received more than 150 applications from dance-filmmakers in North and South America. As the first major US-based commissioning program available to dance-film artists in the Americas, the DANCE MOViES...
June 1, 2007
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — EMPAC - the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - announces four projects have been selected by an international panel for this year’s round of the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission. With awards ranging from $7,000 to $42,...
November 17, 2006
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — EMPAC - the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - announces the launch of the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission , a new commissioning program to support the creation of new works in the field of experimental dance for the...
September 24, 2006
From the Schenectady Daily Gazette TROY — In two years, the Capital Region will be home to EMPAC, a $142 million arts center unlike any other in the world. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, scientists and artists will explore and create under one roof, and the 203,000-square-foot...
August 6, 2006
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that Amy and David Jaffe, Class of 1964, have made a gift of $1 million to create the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts . The Jaffe Fund will support commissions, performances, and productions of...
January 1, 2006
From the Albany Times Union EMPAC impact Suspended by ropes and harnesses, the dancers swung back and forth, dangling upside down and seeming to defy gravity as they danced along the bare concrete exterior walls of the building. On the ground below, a string quartet played on. Overhead, fireworks...
September 15, 2005
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — The first in a new series of dance film screenings, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents DANCE MOViES 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005. Projected on a large screen on Rensselaer's football field, you will see...
September 8, 2005
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — Marking the midpoint between groundbreaking and opening, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents "EMPAC 360: On Site + Sound" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th, 2005. Rensselaer President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and EMPAC...
September 11, 2004
For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced the largest capital campaign in the university's history. The goal is to raise $1 billion to support the Rensselaer endowment, faculty, students, and campus infrastructure by...
November 19, 2003
The first of the EMPAC plus events Renowned Austrian media art duo Granular Synthesis presents the North American premiere of Lux, an intimate- scaled, yet high intensity and visceral sound/video installation,. Artist Kurt Hentschlager will lecture on their work on November 19 at 8PM at West Hall...
November 17, 2003
NEW YORK, N.Y. - I would like to relay to you that EMPAC is not only a vision, a building or a program - but that EMPAC is a building and a program. The integration of the future program with the current design and building process is the greatest challenge. The vision of EMPAC is unique. There is...
November 17, 2003
from Campus.News Tonight, 250 guests will gather for the New York City debut of Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The event will take place in The Duke, a 200-seat, black-box theater on 42nd Street. President Shirley Ann Jackson, EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel, and...
November 17, 2003
for immediate release NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2003 The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, today unveiled plans for the university's new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, EMPAC. Located on the campus of a distinguished technological...
October 4, 2003
Presented by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute American Institute of Architects, New York State Luncheon Forum Saturday, October 4, 2003 Good afternoon. Two weeks ago, on September 19, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute broke ground on one of the most exciting...
September 19, 2003
Groundbreaking. Opening the ground for new foundations. Building new walls on new foundations, the creation of space. Space protected from wind, snow, heat and rain, space for human life, human endeavors, and human aspirations. Building walls to create an inside separated and protected from the...
September 19, 2003
From the office of communications TROY, N.Y. - President Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer trustees and administrators, and community leaders gathered today to break ground for the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The ceremony took place...
September 15, 2003
from Campus.News President Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer trustees and administrators, and community leaders will gather to break ground for the new $141.7 million Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 19, noon to 1 p.m., at Folsom...
June 1, 2002
From Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002 Rensselaer has chosen Johannes Goebel, a respected curator and renowned composer of electronic music, to lead the university's experimental media and performing arts center. He will begin his appointment July 1. "Johannes Goebel's impressive resume mirrors...
March 25, 2002
From Campus.News Rensselaer has chosen Johannes Goebel, a respected curator and renowned composer of electronic music, to lead the university's experimental media and performing arts center. "Johannes Goebel's impressive resume mirrors exactly what we are looking for in an artistic director," said...
February 1, 2002
Program managers in charge of the construction of the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center are creating a schematic design extension for the building, according to Martin Moore, EMPAC integration manager. The EMPAC schematic designs had to undergo a number of revisions to take into...
January 1, 2002
This semester marks my twentieth year at Rensselaer. As I reflect upon this period, I've never before had as strong a sense that Rensselaer was moving onward and upward. Last November, I was asked by Dr. Jackson to chair the Vice President of Student Life Search Committee. Through the many...
July 5, 2001
TROY, NY, July 5, 2001 - Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, today announced that the innovative, London-based architecture firm of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has been selected to design Rensselaer's new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center...