TROY, NY–New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a three-year grant of $49,500 per year for iEAR Presents (Integrated Electronic Arts) and EMPAC (Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) as part of NYSCA’s support for the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. 

Please join us between November 15–19 for a variety of campus programs for Rensselaer’s Transgender Awareness Week organized by the LGBTQ+ Task Force.

In September Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ginger Dunhill, their two children 'Io Kahoku and Tsesa, and the EMPAC team filmed in various public locations around Troy, NY, for a newly-commissioned moving image work.

Bora Yoon narrates this short documentary about the EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis array presented by the TIME:SPANS contemporary music festival in New York City. She gives an overview of the technology, the four composers featured in the program, and her thoughts on creating a spatial sound work for the 256-channel speaker system.

Filmed, edited, and presented in 6K resolution by H. Paul Moon | Zen Violence Films.

The grant will support Curators Vic Brooks and Nida Ghouse in preparation for their upcoming exhibition ‘Shifting Center’

In partnership with CINARS, EMPAC seeks an artist from Québec in the fields of contemporary performance, dance, or theatre to realize a complex new work at any phase of development.

Congratulations to our music curator Dr. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti who will be leaving EMPAC to join the team at Hawai’i Contemporary as their new Director of Community Engagement.

The Inheritance, Ephraim Asili's EMPAC-commissioned and produced film won the Grand Prize at Paris film festival Cinema du Reel on March 20, 2021. 

“The Inheritance,” Ephraim Asili’s debut feature film, beautifully abandons genre to consider questions about community, art and Black liberation.

EMPAC at Rensselaer to receive a ‘Grants for Arts Projects Award’ from the NEA

Ephraim Asili's EMPAC-produced film The Inheritance will be streamed nationally

Asili’s debut weaves together the histories of the MOVE Organization, the Black Arts Movement and his time in a Black Marxist collective. It centers on a man who inherits his grandmother’s house and turns it into a Black socialist collective.