Wednesday, March 24, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Upending + Music of Helmut Lachenmann | March 25 - 27


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a still from Upending by The OpenEnded Group
The OpenEnded Group: Upending 
Thursday, March 25 - Saturday, March 27
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 on the making of Upending with The OpenEnded Group, tracing 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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Inhabiting Other Worlds: Microgravity, Perception, Physiology and Design
Thursday, March 25, 6 PM
Free + open to the public

A panel organized by the Rensselaer School of Architecture with Rachel Armstrong, MD (Bartlett School of Architecture), Heidi DeBlock, MD (Albany Medical Center), Ted Krueger (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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New Nothing: Josephine Foster & Victor Herrero
Friday, April 2, 8 PM
Concert Hall

In the final New Nothing of the season, two unusual composer/performers offer different, lush takes on the construction the song. Josephine Foster ("a Grace Slick for the 21st century" - Arthur magazine) transforms the spartan poems of Emily Dickinson with her otherworldly soprano. And Victor Herrero performs his wordless songs for the Spanish guitar.

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Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity 
Through Saturday, April 10, noon to 6 PM (closed Sundays)
Free + open to the public

Due to popular demand, Thom Kubli's FLOAT!: Think Tank 21 has been extended! Please call 518.276.3921 today to make your reservation - they will not last long.

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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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