Wednesday, March 10, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Dancing on the Ceiling | Thursday, March 18, 6 PM


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photo credited to Denis Darzacq
Just Noticeable Difference: Sensory Reduction Environment
Chris Salter, in collaboration with Marije Baalman, Harry Smoak, Vincent de Belleval, Justine Chibuk, Thomas Spier and Brett Bergmann 
Wednesday, March 3 - Friday, March 12 from noon to 6 PM
Level 2 Lobby
Free + open to the public

+ Extended another week due to a sold-out run! Reservations are encouraged - call the EMPAC Box Office at 518.276.3921 to reserve your spot today.

In this revelatory installation, Chris Salter explores aesthetic experience at the threshold of sensory perception. Visitors to Just Noticeable Difference, enter an environment of almost total darkness and silence. Once inside, however, they find that the chamber emits micro-levels of visual, auditory, and tactile feedback that changes in response to their movements. Noise shifts towards order, sensation becomes sense, and the apparent randomness of threshold sensory impressions gives way to meanings.

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Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity 
Thursday, March 18 – Saturday, April 10, noon to 6 PM
Free + open to the public

Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity is a major group exhibition in which contemporary artists explore the condition of weightlessness on earth by deploying techniques such as parabolic flight, rigging, and digital effects. The exhibition will present the work of multiple national and international artists, including three newly commissioned pieces for the exhibition.  Distributed throughout the public spaces at EMPAC, the exhibition is itself un-tethered from the confines of the traditional gallery exhibition paradigm. With artworks by Benjamin Bergmann, Denis Darzacq, Edith Dekyndt, Chris Doyle, Thom Kubli, William Forsythe, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Tomas Saraceno, Jane & Louise Wilson, and Xu Zhen.

Funded in part by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

Exhibition opening: Thursday, March 18, 6 – 10 PM 
6 PM: Reception with commissioned artists - visitors to the opening reception receive a free exhibition catalog! (while supplies last) 
7 PM: Talk by special effects legend Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters, Star Trek, Blade Runner), followed by a screening of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece of science fiction cinema, 2001: A Space Odyssey on EMPAC's massive 56' concert hall screen.

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Frederic Rzewski
Saturday, March 20, 8 PM
Concert Hall

Since leaving the U.S. in the 1960s, the pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski has devoted his career to creating music that addresses not just aesthetic questions but social and political ones and that draws on inspirations from the Attica prison uprising to the politics of oil. Rzewski's monumental ambition and breathtaking mastery of his instrument will be on display in his debut performance in the Concert Hall.

A talk on music and social change will follow the concert with Rzewski, Richard TeitelbaumPauline Oliveros, Johannes Goebel, and Micah Silver.

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The OpenEnded Group: Upending 
Thursday, March 25 - Saturday, March 27
with music by Morton Feldman, recorded at EMPAC by the FLUX Quartet 
followed by The Making of Upending with The OpenEnded Group 
Thursday, March 25, 7 PM
Friday, March 26, 7 PM
Saturday, March 27, 2 PM

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

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Music of Helmut Lachenmann 

Brad Lubman, Conductor
Helmut Lachenmann, Composer, Piano, Speaking Soloist
Lauren Radnofsky, Cello
JACK Quartet
Saturday, March 27, 8 PM 
Concert Hall 

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

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The application guidelines for DANCE MOViES COMMISSION 2010-2011 are now available! The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2010. For more information, please visit the DANCE MOViES COMMISSION website

The Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics — A Meta-Disciplinary Conversation 2010 Conference (C:ADM2010) will be taking place at EMPAC (in conjunction with Architecture Rensselaer) this July 30 through August 2, 2010. The deadline for personal statements of interest is March 29, 2010. For more information, please visit the conference's website.


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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