Thursday, January 20, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Spring 2011 events now online!


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Verdensteatret: And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing - image courtesy of the artists

EMPAC's spring 2011 schedule of events is packed with performances, exhibitions, screenings, talks, concerts, and happenings that continue to question and test the boundaries of what is—and what could be—at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Mark your calendars now for events that include a sonic rainforest in the Concert Hall; a dinner and discussion series examining the cosmos, aesthetics, and the perception of movement; a rock song-cycle using the final words of theater's heroines (and anti-heroines); radical reconstructions of Lucinda Childs' choreography; two double features of innovative animation, music videos, and more from the onedotzero festival; a concert featuring works by minimalist music guru Steve Reich; an exhibition with hacked ATM machines and rogue Wi-Fi networks; a viewer driven beatboxing slot machine; six percussionists playing 400 instruments in a concert that features signals from distant pulsars; and more.

And as always, we will have an additional surprise or two, so keep your eyes peeled on this mailing list and visit the EMPAC homepage often.

We look forward to seeing you at some (or all!) of these events!


onedotzero: wow + flutter 10 & wavelength 10
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7 & 9 PM
$5 per screening

London's onedotzero_adventures in motion festival will be presenting a mini-night of double feature screenings from the 2010 festival that include animation, music video, and more.

Wine, beer, and food will be available in Evelyn's Cafe from 6-9 PM.

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Uncertain Spectator
November 18, 2010 – January 29, 2011

A group exhibition confronting anxiety in contemporary art, Uncertain Spectator asks individuals to cross a threshold — to place themselves in situations riddled with tension, confront deeply charged emotional content, and grapple with feelings of apprehension. The works presented deal with a general mood of uneasiness arising from recent political and economic events that frames a future rife with imminent threats. Uncertain Spectator not only responds to these unsettling situations, but also creates them by challenging individuals to step outside of a place of comfort both physically and emotionally.

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Michael J. Schumacher: Room Pieces Troy 2010

A building-wide sound installation utilizing the immense size, acoustics, and 100-plus speaker public address system to create a rich sonic environment for anyone passing through the building. A widely varied sound palette creates an ever-changing soundscape that is both pleasurable and unpredictable.

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Both are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.


We are currently running a contest over on the EMPAC Facebook page - to enter, simply comment on this post by 5 PM EST on Friday, January 21 with the event you are most looking forward to this spring, and you could win two tickets to that event! If you are not a fan of us on there yet - well, there's no time like the present…


EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from 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 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), 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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