EMPAC Holds 10-Year Anniversary Festival
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the opening of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's state-of-the-art Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—better known as EMPAC. This month, to mark the sleek, futuristic, multi-venue center's first decade, the facility will present 10YEARS, a three-day, interdisciplinary celebration of time-based music, dance, visual art, theater, and installations. The featured artists and works include the Formosa Quartet; "Moved by the Motion," a collaboration by Wu Tsang, boychild, Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, and Asma Maroof; Trajal Harrell; Maria Hassabi; Olga Neuwirth and the International Contemporary Ensemble performing selections from Neuwirth's opera Lost Highway Suite (based on David Lynch's film Lost Highway); and more. Also set is a talk about the ethics of time-based art in the digital age by EMPAC director Johannes Goebel, who answered the questions below via email. The 10YEARS festival will take place at EMPAC in Troy on October 11, 12, and 13.