A woman laying in a coffin covered in flowers while a another woman wearing a green cloak whispers in her ear.


A main focus of the EMPAC program is the development and production of new works that span all domains of time-based arts, including music/sound, dance, theater, time-based visual art, and moving image. These commissions optimally utilize the EMPAC media infrastructure to pursue new ideas at the intersection of technology, media, and the performing and visual arts. Some commissions are site-specific to EMPAC and find their premiere here, while others, especially co-commissions with outside institutions, are developed for presentation at other national and international venues.

Main Image: Production still from Oriana by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Photo: Sara Griffith/EMPAC

in Progress

Ana Navas and Mirtru Escalona-Mijares / Cuando las nubes eran las olas (When the clouds were waves)
Cannupa Hanska Luger / Future Ancestral Technologies
Anna Craycroft / Only Breath, Words
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz / Oriana
Mary Kouyoumdjian and Nigel Maister with Alarm Will Sound and Kevork Mourad / Paper Pianos
Maria Chávez / Untitled Commission


Ephraim Asili / The Inheritance
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz / Oriana
Anna Craycroft / Only Breath, Words
Laure Prouvost, Sam Belinfante, & Pierre Droulers / Work-in-Progress: They are Waiting for You
Lesley Flanigan / Resonances
Wave Field Synthesis / TIME:SPANS Festival 2021
Vanessa Goodman & Caroline Shaw / Graveyards and Gardens
Annie Saunders & Wild Up / Rest
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko / Chameleon (The Living Installments)
Ephraim Asili / The Inheritance
Nina C. Young / American Brass Quintet / The Glow That Illuminates, the Glare That Obscures
Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, and Asma Maroof) / Sudden Rise
Yara Travieso / Sagittarius A.
Isabelle Pauwels / If It Bleeds
Maria Hassabi / SlowMeDown
Mary Armentrout Dance Theater / Listening Creates an Opening
Elena Demyanenko & Erika Mijlin / echo/archive
Laure Prouvost with Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers / They Are Waiting for You
Boudry / Lorenz / Telepathic Improvisation
Andrew Schneider / AFTER
Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener / Tesseract
Isabelle Pauwels / ,000,
Patricia L Boyd and Anne Boyer / Operator
Tarek Atoui / WITHIN
Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne / Atlas Revisited
Tim Hecker and MFO / Love Streams
4.35 - R0 - 413 / France Jobin
Tarek Atoui / WITHIN 2
Ant Hampton / The Extra People
DD Dorvillier / Extra Shapes
Marianne Kim / Lost & Found
Seline Baumgartner / Nothing Else
Seline Baumgartner, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Chameckilerner, Dana Gingras, & Marianne Kim / DANCE MOViES 2015
Fall 2014 / Yarn/Wire
The Only Thing that Makes Life Possible is Not Knowing What Comes Next / Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon
Melvin Moti / The Vision Machine
Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer, + Ben Vida / Bloopers #1
Stavros Gasparatos / Expanded Piano
Isabelle Pauwels / ,000,
Aaron Landsman + Brent Green / Empathy School
Temporary Distortion / My Voice Has An Echo In It
New Media, New Documents: On Images, Examples, and Evidence / Thomas Keenan
“Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody” / Gordon Hall
Alain Franco, Jörg Laue, Peter Stamer / 26 Letters to Deleuze
Erika Vogt / Darker Imposter
Peter Gidal / CODA I + CODA II
Petra Cortright / Bridal Shower
Patricia Lennox-Boyd / Carl dis/assembling w/ self
The Beautiful Violent Futures of J.G. Ballard / Ursula Heise
Dance and Finance—Social Kinesthetics and Derivative Logics / Randy Martin
Deconstructing Perception / Flip Phillips
How a Sausage Dog Works / Ewa Borysiewicz
Manuella Blackburn / Time Will Tell
Jeremy Xido / The Angola Project
Cayetana Vidal / TAO
Jem Cohen / We Have An Anchor
Kota Yamazaki / fluid hug hug: (glowing)
Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey / TOOL IS LOOT
A Shakespeare Accelerator: Experiments in Kinetic Language / Ben Rubin
Ryan + Trevor Oakes / The Periphery of Perception
Ralph Lemon / 4Walls
Kurt Hentschläger / CLUSTER
Black Hole Horizon / Thom Kubli
Dimitris Papaioannou / Primal Matter
Francis and the Lights / The White Room
Phantom Limb / 69˚S.
Poor Dog Group / Dionysia
Francisco López / Hyper-Rainforest
Sean Griffin / Cold Spring
Klien + Tutschku / Multi-channel Double Feature
Michael J. Schumacher / Room Pieces Troy 2010
Hoop, Anatomy of Melancholy, Quince Missing, The Closer One Gets, the Less One Sees, MO-SO / DANCE MOViES 2010
Marites Carino & Rebecca Halls / Hoop
Mark Changizi / Alien Vision Revolution
The OpenEnded Group / Upending
Body/Traces, Eyes Nose Mouth, Looking Forward—Man and Woman, Sunscreen Serenede / DANCE MOViES 2009
Workspace Unlimited / They Watch
KINO-EYE, Veterans, PH Propiedad Horizontal, Nora / DANCE MOViES 2008
Mads Lynnerup / Take a Day for Yourself!
The Chronopher / Steven Connor
New Adventures in Folklore / True Fictions
On Site + Sound / EMPAC 360