Thursday, March 18, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Frederic Rzewski | Saturday, March 20, 8 PM


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Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

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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Photo Credit: Denis Darzacq

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

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.

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 The Arts Catalyst, Benjamin Bergmann, Denis Darzacq, Edith Dekyndt, Chris Doyle, William Forsythe, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Thom Kubli, Tomás Saraceno, Jane & Louise Wilson, and Xu Zhen.

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

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Inhabiting Other Worlds: Microgravity, Perception, Physiology and Design
Thursday, March 25, 6 PM
Concert Hall
Free + open to the public

A panel organized by the School of Architecture at Rensselaer with Rachel Armstrong, MD (Bartlett School of Architecture), Heidi DeBlock, MD (Albany Medical Center), Ted Krueger (School of Architecture, Rensselaer), and Deepak Vashishth, PhD (BioMedical Engineering, Rensselaer). This panel marks the opening of a student exhibition resulting from a studio dedicated to designing a medical station for a NASA lunar module.

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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

Upending is revelatory work of 3D animation: an actor-less drama of disorientation and reorientation that compels viewers to rethink their relationship with the material world. The play of images is accompanied by a gutsy, EMPAC-produced spatial recording of Morton Feldman's first String Quartet by the FLUX Quartet. Following a short break, each evening will conclude with a talk and q&a that traces this EMPAC-commissioned work over two years, from inception to completion.

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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 

Helmut Lachenmann is one of Europe's most influential living composers, whose music uses an iconoclastic vocabulary of instrumental sounds, recombined to create imaginary timbres. The result can be uncanny: imagine a string quartet able to sound like a forest floor, the murmurs of a crowd, or the loose strings of a broken banjo. This demanding, imaginative music will come alive in a concert by SIGNAL, one of the most exciting chamber orchestras playing in America today, and the JACK Quartet, with Lachenmann himself performing on solo piano.

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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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