Wednesday, April 21, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Mark Changizi: Alien Vision Revolution | April 21, 7 PM


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Mark Changizi: Alien Vision Revolution
Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 PM
Free + open to the public

Why do humans see in color? Why do we have eyes on the front of our heads rather than on the sides, like horses? And how is it that we find it so easy to read when written language did not exist until a few thousand years ago—a virtual millisecond in evolutionary time? These are just a few of the riddles theoretical neurobiologist and Rensselaer faculty member Mark Changizi explores in his talk on the Alien Vision Revolution.

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onedotzero_adventures in motion
Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2
Three Day Screening pass = $10

UPDATE: The Friday 04/30 performance by Diplo is sold out! Tickets to the Saturday 05/01 screening of his documentary Favela on Blast (part of the three day screening pass) are still available.

The London-based onedotzero_adventures in motion festival returns to EMPAC with a delirious showcase of the latest developments in digital and interactive design. Comprised of screenings as well as live a/v performances, interactive installations, animation and music videos, the event is a weekend-long celebration of the moving image that's guaranteed to inspire, provoke, and delight.

Back-to-back screenings of onedotzero's latest compilation programs shown over the entire weekend create the foundation for the festival and another reason to stick around the building until the wee hours – and then come back to do it again the next day!

The festival's opening soiree starts at 8 PM on Friday, April 30 (as part of Troy Night Out). Explore the installations, wander in and out of the screenings, and come get a snack + drink with onedotzero, the EMPAC team and artists before the Diplo performance.

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Unfiction: Megunica
Thursday, May 13, 7:30 pm

In Megunica, filmmaker Lorenzo Fonda follows the Italian graffiti artist Blu through Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Argentina. The result is an ebullient and unscripted film, mixing animation and cinema verité, which asks broad questions about art in the urban landscape and its transformative powers.

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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 Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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