Residencies

Artist-in-Residence Program

The combination of artist-driven content with new, high-end technology stands at the center of EMPAC’s artistic activities. Artists' projects may intersect with research in science, engineering and the humanities, and lead to new approaches and insights across these disciplines. To this end, EMPAC provides an environment that supports the realization of complex works at any stage from inception to completion. Along with a state-of-the-art facility, we offer residents the support of a staff of experts in audio, video, interactive interfaces, and stage technologies. Apply Now

Current and Past Residents

Spring 2016

  • CHARLES ATLAS / Various Dates
    New York-based artist Charles Atlas will be in residence throughout 2016 working on the post-production of his EMPAC-commissioned 3D film work with choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. The final video and performance will be premiered in January 2017.
  • HANNAH RICKARDS (UK) / JAN 11–22 / APR 11–25
    UK artist Hannah Rickards will be in residence to test the possibilities of flying a camera from the rigging system in Studio 1 for a developing film and performance project.
  • ENSEMBLE SIGNAL / JAN 22–24
    Ensemble Signal will return to complete their ongoing recording of the works of American composer Steve Reich. This recording of Radio Rewrite, Reich's 2012 composition for 11 players, will be released by the label Harmonia Mundi.
  • ANDROS ZINS-BROWNE AND KARTHIK PANDIAN
    (Brussels, USA) / JAN 25–29 / MAR 22–April 1
    Choreographer Andros Zins-Browne and visual artist Karthik Pandian will be in residence to film two camels against EMPAC's green screen for their new performance Atlas Revisited.
  • AMIRTHA KIDAMBI / JAN 28–31
    Harmonium player and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi’s quartet Elder Ones will be in residence in the Concert Hall to record, mix, and master an audio recording of her new work Mother Tongues.
  • NATE WOOLEY / FEB 8–12
    Musician Nate Wooley will be in residence in the Concert Hall to make audio and video documentation of his solo trumpet work For Kenneth Gaburo.
  • THE MUSIC OF SALVATORE SCIARRINO / APR 11–15
    Rensselaer Arts Department faculty Nicholas DeMasion will be rehearsing and conducting ensemble works by Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino for performance on April 14.
  • WU TSANG / APR 11–15
    Artist Wu Tsang will be in residence in the theater with her collaborators boychild and Patrick Belaga to work on the staging of a new iteration of their performance Moved by the Motion.
  • LONGLEASH / APR 25–28
    The Longleash trio (piano, violin, cello) will be in residence in the Concert Hall making audio recordings of new compositions by Reiko Füting, Yukiko Watanabe, Christopher Trapani, and Clara Iannotta for future release.
  • PATRICIA L BOYD / APR 25–28
    Artist Patricia L Boyd will be in residence to film an intricate sequence of tracking shots using a networked group of cameras rigged in EMPAC's Theater. The residency is part of a developing moving-image project.
  • TAREK ATOUI (Lebanon) / MAY 2–13
    Sound artist Tarek Atoui will be in residence for the final EMPAC presentation of his multi-year research and performance project developing tools and techniques for performing sound to a hearing-impaired audience.

Fall 2015

  • ANT HAMPTON / The Extra People (UK) / SEPT 8–13
    Working with binaural audio recording technology and a number of test audiences, British artist Ant Hampton will prepare the premiere of his interactive theater piece in which the audience-turned-performers receive instructions through earbuds.
  • ELIZABETH ORR / Mount Rushmore / SEPT 8–19 + OCT 20–NOV 2
    Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Orr will combine a green-screen shoot with motion graphics to tell the story of a Mount Rushmore park ranger interrupted from his daily routine by alarmist political email.
  • TAREK ATOUI (Lebanon) / SEPT 14–25
    Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui will collaborate with Rensselaer Distinguished Research Professor of Music Pauline Oliveros to engage students in designing and building new instruments and interfaces for performance.
  • MARK FELL / Recursive Frame Analysis (UK) / SEPT 21–OCT 11
    British electronic artist Mark Fell will put the finishing touches on his first work integrating dance with sound and light design. The project has required the EMPAC team to design and build a specialized strobe light interface.
  • JENNIFER WEST / SEPT 30–October 2
    Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West is in residence to develop Film Memory, an installation in which she integrates 100 channels of film to explore cinema as a material repository of memory.
  • FRANCE JOBIN (Canada) / OCT 5–16
    Using an array of specifically placed loudspeakers numbering in the dozens, Montreal composer France Jobin will develop and present a new work of “sound sculpture” built for the EMPAC Concert Hall.
  • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER / OCT 9–16
    Known for making intricate electronic music, Daniel Lopatin (AKA Oneohtrix Point Never) will be in residence to develop and premiere new material set for release later in 2015.
  • TIM HECKER (Canada) / NOV 9–16
    Canadian electronic musician Tim Hecker will create a new stage performance of sound and light in Studio 1.
  • YARN/WIRE / NOV 6–8
    Brooklyn-based two-piano, two-percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire is in residence to record and produce newly commissioned works for future release.
  • CHARLES ATLAS, RASHAUN MITCHELL, AND SILAS RIENER / NOV 9–25
    Media-dance pioneer Charles Atlas will continue his EMPAC commission, shooting the final sections of a stereoscopic film in collaboration with dancer/choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener.
  • PATRICIA L BOYD (UK) / DEC 7–18
    San Francisco-based Patricia L Boyd will be in residence to film throughout the EMPAC building in collaboration with both performers and EMPAC production staff.
  • CARLOS CORDEIRO/ DEC 14–20
    Clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro is in residence in the Concert Hall to record and produce material for future release. He will record work by composers Boulez, Sciarrino, and others.

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