Experiments in Time
Since the ribbon cutting for the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Oct. 3, 2008, EMPAC has helped forge a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and production on campus while positioning Rensselaer as a major player in the international art world.
When the Formosa Quartet takes to the stage at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on October 11, it represents, by director Johannes Goebel’s count, the 5,557th day of the EMPAC program. By more conventional metrics, this performance marks the 10th anniversary of the landmark center’s opening and the start of a three-day event—dubbed 10YEARS—being held to celebrate the occasion.
With a twinkle in his eye, Goebel insists it’s the first figure that matters more to the programmatic vision of EMPAC, not the legacy of completing a decade. While anniversaries are often taken as an opportunity to look back on past achievements, Goebel says, “I’m interested in what happens now! And how to create ever-new ‘nows’ in the future.”