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EMPAC Presents Spring Semester Lineup

This semester, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center is presenting a full schedule of performances, screenings, installations, and exhibitions. Building on the successes of the fall 2009 season and more fully exploiting the capacities of the new building, these upcoming events will continue to explore the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Following is the schedule and brief descriptions of the events. There will be more events added, so check back regularly on the EMPAC Web site for updates and additions to the calendar.

Wednesday, February 10
Margaret Wertheim: Mathematics as Poetic Enchantment
6 p.m.; Evelyn’s Café; $15 (includes dinner)

Dinner and a lecture on the magic of mathematics by the internationally distinguished science writer Margaret Wertheim.

Saturday, February 13
New Nothing Series: Extra Life + Dan Deacon with Nuclear Power Pants
8 p.m.; Goodman Studio/Theater; $15/10/5

A thrashing, zig-zagging, gorgeously heavy band that reconciles the 21st and 13th centuries mixes it up with two beacons of exuberant indie noise dance.

Wednesday, February 17
Dr. Philip Barnard: Cognition, Emotion, and Action
7 p.m.; Theater; free

Dr. Philip Barnard, program leader at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and a collaborator and research adviser to Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, will present a talk on his research work.

Tuesday, February 23
Panel Discussion on R-Research with Dr. Philip Barnard, Scott deLahunta, Wayne McGregor
6 p.m.; Studio 2; free

A discussion on projects and directions of R-Research — the research branch of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance — which initiates and implements new research collaborations across disciplines including dance, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, philosophy, and technology.

Wednesday, February 24
rAndom International: Real-Time Reactive Systems in Art and Design
7 p.m.; Theater; free

Best known for large-scale public installations combining technology, media, design, and art, rAndom International play with real-time reactive systems that offer viewers an intuitive body-based experience.

Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance ENTITY
8 p.m.; Theater; $15/10/5

ENTITY brings together the fierce kinetics and formal rigor of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance with a torrential sound-score by collaborators Jon Hopkins (Massive Attack and Coldplay) and Joby Talbot (The Divine Comedy, White Stripes), framed by a flying, multiscreen video construction.

Wednesday, March 3 – Saturday, March 6
Just Noticeable Difference (JND): Sensory Reduction Environment
Chris Salter, in collaboration with Marije Baalman, Harry Smoak, Vincent de Belleval, Justine Chibuk, Thomas Spier, and Brett Bergmann
Noon to 6 p.m.; Level 3; free

Just Noticeable Difference (JND) is an installation that explores the relation between chaos and order, self and environment at the thresholds of sensory perception.

Thursday, March 4
Chris Salter: Panel Discussion
7 p.m.; Studio 2; free

Chris Salter and Rensselaer faculty Michael Century, Mark Changizi, and Ted Krueger with other experts will all take part in a panel discussion on topics including thresholds of perception, multimodal perception, and the use of research in art practice.

Friday, March 5
Solos2 Concert
8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/5

A totally new concert-hall experience: soloists play and the audience can listen from different places — not glued to their seats. Enjoy and learn about the acoustics of the EMPAC concert hall.

Thursday, March 18 – Saturday, April 10
Dancing on the Ceiling: Un-tethered by Gravity in Time-Based Art
Opening on Thursday, March 18, with lecture by Douglas Trumbull and a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001; free

In this exhibition, performance, film, and lecture series, contemporary artists use a variety of strategies including parabolic flight, helium, rigging, digital special effects, and other tricks of the eye to explore the experience of weightlessness on Earth.

Saturday, March 20
Frederic Rzewski
8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/$5

A monumental figure in new music who is both an instrumental virtuoso and a composer of revolutionary ambition in the tradition of Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill.

Thursday, March 25 - Saturday, March 27
The OpenEnded Group: Upending
Music by Morton Feldman, recorded at EMPAC by the FLUX Quartet Theater
Thu., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m.; Theater; $15/10/$5

An evening-length work that combines breathtaking 3-D experimental animation with a new recording by the FLUX Quartet of Morton Feldman’s first String Quartet.

Saturday, March 27
Music of Helmut Lachenmann
SIGNAL—Brad Lubman, conductor; Helmut Lachenmann, composer, piano, speaking soloist; JACK Quartet—Lauren Radnofsky, cello

8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/5

A rare U.S. performance of one of the most influential living European composers, interpreted by two exciting new music ensembles.

Friday, April 2
New Nothing: Josephine Foster & Victor Herrero
8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/5

Two charismatic performers offer different takes on the role of the voice in the construction of the song.

Thursday, April 8
Unfiction: Man on a Wire
7:30 p.m.; Theater; $5

An Academy Award-winning documentary about Phillipe Petit’s daring and defiant tightrope walk between the twin towers, which became known as the “artistic crime of the century.” In conjunction with Dancing on the Ceiling.

Wednesday, April 21
Mark Changizi: Alien Vision Revolution
7 p.m.; Theater; free

Theoretical neurobiologist (and Rensselaer faculty member) Mark Changizi explores why we see what we see, from color to the written word.

Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2
(In residence from April 9 – April 30)
onedotzero _adventures in motion
Price: TBA

The international onedotzero festival returns to Troy for its second annual celebration of the moving image at EMPAC—expect more of the best in moving image screenings, audiovisual performances, and installations from around the world.

Saturday, May 8
Solos2 Concert
8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/5

A totally new concert-hall experience: soloists play and the audience can listen from different places — not glued to their seats. Enjoy and learn about the acoustics of the EMPAC concert hall.

Friday, May 28
Steve Lehman Octet
8 p.m.; Concert Hall; $15/10/5

A trailblazing young saxophonist and composer whose thrilling, multilayered work stands at the frontiers of contemporary music.

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