From the Schenectady Daily Gazette

TROY — In two years, the Capital Region will be home to EMPAC, a $142 million arts center unlike any other in the world. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, scientists and artists will explore and create under one roof, and the 203,000-square-foot building will be equipped with some of the most advanced acoustics and digital technology on the planet.

From the Albany Times Union

EMPAC impact

Suspended by ropes and harnesses, the dancers swung back and forth, dangling upside down and seeming to defy gravity as they danced along the bare concrete exterior walls of the building. On the ground below, a string quartet played on. Overhead, fireworks crackled, providing a jolting percussive backdrop to both the sights and the sounds.

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TROY, N.Y. — The first in a new series of dance film screenings, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents DANCE MOViES 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005.

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TROY, N.Y. — Marking the midpoint between groundbreaking and opening, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents "EMPAC 360: On Site + Sound" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th, 2005. Rensselaer President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel invite the Rensselaer and Capital Region communities to join them in celebrating the emergence of this unique cultural resource by walking the periphery of the site as the sun sets and performances happen on all sides.

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TROY, N.Y. — President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced the largest capital campaign in the university's history. The goal is to raise $1 billion to support the Rensselaer endowment, faculty, students, and campus infrastructure by the campaign's end in 2008. To date, the effort has raised more than $610 million — three times more than Rensselaer's previous campaign that ended in 1993.

The first of the EMPAC plus events

Renowned Austrian media art duo Granular Synthesis presents the North American premiere of Lux, an intimate- scaled, yet high intensity and visceral sound/video installation,. Artist Kurt Hentschlager will lecture on their work on November 19 at 8PM at West Hall. Installation will take place in West Hall 118.
Lecture: $5/3

from Campus.News

Tonight, 250 guests will gather for the New York City debut of Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The event will take place in The Duke, a 200-seat, black-box theater on 42nd Street.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2003

NEW YORK, N.Y. - I would like to relay to you that EMPAC is not only a vision, a building or a program - but that EMPAC is a building and a program. The integration of the future program with the current design and building process is the greatest challenge.

Presented by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
American Institute of Architects, New York State Luncheon Forum
Saturday, October 4, 2003

Good afternoon.

Groundbreaking. Opening the ground for new foundations. Building new walls on new foundations, the creation of space. Space protected from wind, snow, heat and rain, space for human life, human endeavors, and human aspirations. Building walls to create an inside separated and protected from the outside, building a house to allow us to move between inside and outside. We can open ourselves best when we are in a protected environment. This new building is all about protection for opening our senses to create sense.