Monday, October 26, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Workspace Unlimited: They Watch + New Nothing Series: Zs and Little Women | October 30


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Workspace Unlimited: They Watch
Monday – Saturday October 30 – December 16, noon - 6 PM 
Opening reception with the artists: 
  Friday October 30, 5 - 9 PM 
Full Immersion: Art and the 360-degree screen: 
  Tuesday November 17, 7 PM 
Free + Open to the Public

When you play a video game, the virtual world remains confined to the screen. But viewers of They Watch will find themselves inside a virtual world bounded by a 360° projection screen. There, they'll encounter virtual beings or "bots", which watch them and, sometimes, ask them questions. Workspace Unlimited's installation artfully probes the boundary between the virtual and the real, the scripted and the spontaneous, the artificial and the human.

Reservations for viewing are required (they are free!) - they can be made by calling the EMPAC Box Office (518.276.3921).

The opening of They Watch on 10/30 is in conjunction with Troy Night Out.  We will be running the Red Hawk shuttle between the EMPAC east entrance and the Arts Center on River Street between 4:30 + midnight.  Catch it!

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Art21: Systems 
Wednesday October 28, 7:30 PM 
Free + Open to the Public

A special preview screening of Systems, the fourth episode from the fifth season of the award-winning program Art21, including interviews with Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja, and Allan McCollum.

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New Nothing Series 
Zs & Little Women 
Friday October 30, 8 PM 
$15 / $10 / $5 

"These days, anything goes..."  Zs, the scariest band from EMPAC's Between a Rock and a Tiny Bell concert, returns on Halloween (well ok, a day before) for a careening set of "[sputtering] Morse code dots of percussion and saxophone" (Ben Sisario, New York Times) as part of the New Nothing series.  Opening will be Little Women, a quartet whose ghost notes and violent disassembling of their instruments concoct riotous sets that run the gamut from pop to free jazz to noise and back again.

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Marc Downie: FIELD Talk and Weekend-long workshop 
Talk: Friday November 6, 7 PM 
Free + Open to the Public 
Workshop: Saturday & Sunday November 7 & 8 
$110 / $55 

Marc Downie, the creator of the powerful digital art programming environment FIELD, gives a talk on the software and leads a two-day workshop in its manifold uses.

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Saturday November 7, 7:30 PM 

The official premiere of four new works created through this year's DANCE MOViES Commission, the EMPAC program that brings together moving bodies and the moving image.

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New Nothing Series 
Skeleton$, Luciano Chessa + Dan Deacon 
Friday, November 13, 8 PM 
$15 / $10 / $5 

Punky funk meets Futurism and homespun electro in this paradoxical grouping of artists from far ends of the musical spectrum. 

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Garth Knox 
Saturday November 14, 8 PM 
$15 / $10 / $5 

A world master of the viola plays an evening of music—some very old, some very new-- written expressly for his instrument and its baroque-era cousin, the viola d'amore.

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Mads Lynnerup, Take a Day for Yourself! 

The genre-crossing Danish artist mounts a whimsical yet searching investigation of the everyday, incorporating video, posters, and ordinary people from the Troy and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute communities.

Sophie Kahn & Lisa Parra, Body/Traces 

Illuminating the physical presence and disappearance of the body, this work addresses the questions: What happens to the body in motion when it becomes a still image? And what becomes of that image when it is returned to the moving body whence it came?


Exhibitions open Monday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM 
Free + Open to the Public

The posters in Mads Lynnerup's exhibition Take a Day for Yourself! signed by the artist are available for purchase by request. Order one now! 


THEVERYMANY / Marc Fornes: Text Based Morphologies 
Wednesday October 28, 6 PM 
Presented by: Architecture Rensselaer 

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EMPAC 2009-2010 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation;) and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support for artist commissions.

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