The Unarrival Experiments

Ni’Ja Whitson

This residency has been postponed to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

Ni’Ja Whitson is in residence to research and work on The Unarrival Experiments, which is a performance project exploring relationships between astrophysics, cosmology, Blackness, Trans* embodiedness, and premature death. 

Artist Residency

Michelle Ellsworth

Ellsworth and her technical collaborators will meet with EMPAC engineers to develop a new work. Ellsworth will present past works and share the process behind the new work in a work-in-progress event.

Native Intelligence / Innate Intelligence

Christopher K. Morgan

Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan is in residence with artistic collaborator Brenda Mallory to design and construct a set for the choreographer’s new work, Native Intelligence / Innate Intelligence. There will be a work-in-progress event at EMPAC before the work premieres at Dance Place in Washington, DC, in spring 2020.

 

Artist Residency

Su Wen-Chi

Spring 2020

Choreographer and new-media artist Su Wen-Chi has returned with three collaborators to explore live interaction between a performer, EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis Array, and light. The artist will explore the concept of gravity and the residency will culminate in a work-in-progress event.

Fall 2019

Choreographer and new media artist Su Wen-Chi is in residence, attending the Spatial Audio Summer Seminar and meeting with Curator Ashley Ferro-Murray and production team members to discuss a potential production residency in January 2020.

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>>returner<<

Findlay//Sandsmark

>>returner<< is a performance work spanning theater and dance that illustrates different relationships between nature, people, and technology. Conceived by the Norwegian performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, led by Iver Findlay and Marit Sandsmark, the performance features motion-capture and animation technology, which interacts live with video and sound content. In addition to these digital media, the performers inhabit a world of natural stage elements including wooden sticks, a narrow wooden hallway, and a large cube that transforms over the course of the performance. What results is a performance environment in which audience expectations are both met and defied as the two performers play with perception and sensation. 

Findlay and Sandsmark are in residence at EMPAC with their company to further develop the project’s body-sensor and animation content. In its use of this technology, >>returner<< demonstrates a wariness of the inflexible binaries that one-to-one body-technology interactions engender: including presence/absence, natural/manufactured, and real/virtual. The performance weaves between and around these binaries to question them without dismantling them entirely—a nod to their unavoidable if not regrettable ubiquity in our daily lives. Attempting to avoid the trap of technophillic engagement, >>returner<< creates an at-times chilling piece of performance.

Main Image: Still from <<returner>>Photo: P. Bussmann.

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the wave field synthesis array in studio 1 in 2018

Exploring Wave Field Synthesis in Dance

Yanira Castro and Stephan Moore

Choreographer Yanira Castro is in residence at EMPAC with sound collaborator Stephan Moore to explore possible uses of the Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) Array in participatory dance work.

Volunteer Day—Friday, December 6th at 2:30PM

EMPAC welcomes volunteers to assist the artists in the exploration of Wave Field Synthesis. Volunteers will be welcomed into the WFS Array to hear whispers and movement instructions that they can follow. As the bodies move through the space the sounds might follow them, or begin to sound different as others leave and enter the space.

At the end of participants’ time exploring the sounds, we will have a conversation with the artists about what people heard, perceived, and felt throughout their experience to consider the efficacy of using Wave Field Synthesis in live performance with audience members sharing a stage with performers.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating, please meet in the EMPAC lobby at 2:30pm on Friday, December 6th. 

Main Image: An early version of the Wave Field Synthesis array in Studio 1 in 2017. Photo: EMPAC / Eileen Baumgartner.

Vecino Vecino'

Camila Galaz / Australia Council for the Arts

The 2019 Australian Arts Council artist in residence, Camila Galaz will be at EMPAC to continue the post-production on her installation Vecino Vecino (Neighbour Neighbour). The video work is based on a 1986 French TV documentary about the MAPU-Lautaro, a Chilean student resistance group who fought against the Pinochet dictatorship, that included the the artist’s father.

Using archival footage, re-performance and (mis)interpretations of this footage, and documentary footage of my own, Vecino Vecino stitches together multiple historical moments and viewpoints to highlight the gap between generations caused by political violence. By reading historical movements, sounds, gestures, and speech as languages that can be transposed and translated into present day, Vecino Vecino both draws awareness to, and actively participates in what Judith Butler calls “the tasks that follow political violence.”

International residencies organized by Australia Council for the Arts provide a unique opportunity for Australian artists to immerse themselves in a new international arts context, community and culture. The experience enables artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity.

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Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation

jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham

Spring 2019

Artists jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham are in residence at EMPAC to develop the next phase of the work, Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation, designed as a three-part performance that will travel across historically Black neighborhoods, queer night clubs, and institutional art spaces and theaters. The artists will be joined by a team of collaborators, including seven dancers, lighting, audio, and visual media designers, as well as two ethical and artistic consultants, to expand the theatrical and technological elements of the work. The team will also conduct a series of workshops with Rensselaer students as part of the development of the piece.

Main Image: Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation. Photo: Tayarisha Poe.

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>>returner<<

Findlay//Sandsmark

Spring 2019

Findlay and Sandsmark are in residence at EMPAC with their company to further develop the project’s body-sensor and animation content. In its use of this technology, >>returner<< demonstrates a wariness of the inflexible binaries that one-to-one body-technology interactions engender: including presence/absence, natural/manufactured, and real/virtual. The performance weaves between and around these binaries to question them without dismantling them entirely—a nod to their unavoidable if not regrettable ubiquity in our daily lives. Attempting to avoid the trap of technophillic engagement, >>returner<< creates an at-times chilling piece of performance.

Main Image: Production still during Findlay//Sandsmark's residency in Studio 1, April 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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Production still during Findlay//Sandsmark's residency in Studio 1, April 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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an african-american man in a shroud of brown silky fabric in studio 1

Chameleon: A Biomythography

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

This residency has been postponed to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

Spring 2020 Residency

The last of four residencies to create Chameleon: A Biomythography— this residency will focus on completing set and technical elements as well as rehearsals toward the world premiere April 2, 2019.

Fall 2019 Residency

Continuing work on the hold, a multimedia performance project that explores the role of media archives in American Black diasporic communities. 

Spring 2019 Residency

Kosoko and a team of AV collaborators worked to conceive and develop their own archive of sound and visual material that will become central to the hold. In collaboration with the EMPAC team they created elements of a stage performance that moves fluidly between body, image, sound, and text. Continuing research during future residencies will work toward a film installation, podcast series, and live performance event at New York Live Arts in 2020.

Main Image: Production still from Chameleon: A Biomythography. Studio 1 February 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.