fall 2023

Tickets Now Available for the EMPAC 2023 Fall Season

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15th Fall Season Highlights Include:

Plus, the Hudson River Journey of Ilopango, the Volcano That Left with Stops in Kingston and Troy Extended and Welcomes Visitors onboard the John J Harvey Fireboat.

The dynamic fall program also celebrates 15 years of experimental media and performing arts at EMPAC with a lively schedule of free talks, work-in-progress demonstrations, tours, and more including artists Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Jessie Marino, Alexis Blake, Petra Kuppers, and the newly added album release event from Christopher Fisher-Lochhead with Ben Roidl-Ward.

Troy, NY: EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces that tickets are now on sale for events of their 2023 Fall season, which celebrates 15 years since the exceptional four-venue center for arts, sciences, and technology opened in 2008.

Beginning their fall performance season in September with a pair of artist studio talks and conversations followed by two full-scale productions, the EMPAC curatorial team and artists in residence present programs through December, where audiences of creatives, technologists, and arts enthusiasts can share in their investigations of travel and migration, materials and acoustics, cultural and geological histories, and more.

Each ticketed presentation is a one-night-only opportunity offering phenomenal experiences from some of the most compelling contemporary artists in their fields of music, dance, and film. In contrast, the expansive Shifting Center exhibition anchors the celebratory season with more than three full weeks of ongoing programming at EMPAC and beyond, where advance tickets are not required and visitors are invited to enjoy open-ended time-based art installations at their leisure.

Launching the Shifting Center exhibition October 27 through October 29 is the most visibly and geographically accessible presentation of the season. Three days of public broadcasts, viewing maps, and in-person events offer a range of options for people to take part in the spectacular journey of Beatriz Cortez’s steel sculpture Ilopango, the Volcano that Left as it travels along the Hudson River from New Windsor to Troy on the famed John J Harvey fireboat.

The weekend will be especially rewarding for those who make a point to view it up-close when the fireboat is docked at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston (Saturday), or near the Troy Federal Lock and Dam (Sunday) before it’s arrival at EMPAC for installation in the concert hall, where it will remain on view for the duration of Shifting Center.

To complement its presented season, EMPAC also offers an expanded schedule of seven building and exhibition tours held on fall weekends and led by individual staff engineers and curators.

General admission single tickets for all performances are $20, and EMPAC offers $15 reduced price tickets for ages 55+, students, and RPI faculty. Single tickets for the film screening are $10.

RPI students can purchase advance tickets for any event at a reduced rate of $6, or gain free rush admission by joining EMPAC+.

No reservations are necessary for talks, tours, Shifting Center, and works-in-progress, which are free to attend.

August 17, 2023