Wednesday, February 16, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Verdensteatret: And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing | 02/17+18


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Verdensteatret: And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
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Verdensteatret: And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
Thursday + Friday, February 17+18, 2011, 8 PM
Studio 1 – Goodman

A delicate, room-sized machine of intricate kinetic sculptures is assembled from flotsam, bicycle wheels, and old glass objects held in tiny robot arms. Actors who double as instrumentalists set in motion a chain reaction of dreamlike shifts between macro and micro perspectives. And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing crosses between concert, sculptural installation, and performance. In a landscape under constant transformation, light, shadow, sound, puppetry, and object theater merge to form a mesmerizing constellation of associations. Bringing artists of different backgrounds together, the work shows Verdensteatret's fascination with all kinds of animation—the strange and miraculous activity of breathing life into dead objects, stiff figures, and frozen images.

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Image courtesy of Andrew Rarig

Gérard Grisey: Le Noir de l'Étoile
Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8 PM
Concert Hall

An evening length percussion piece by French composer Gérard Grisey, using a feed of distant pulsars, is performed around the audience with more than 100 instruments by the six musicians of the world-renowned ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg.

Preceded at 6:30 PM by The Harmony of the Spheres, from Antiquity to Contemporary Music, a free talk in the Theater by Jean-Pierre Luminet, the renowned French astrophysicist — a specialist in black holes and cosmology as well as the co-author of Le Noir de l'Étoile — who will speak about the link between music and the celestial bodies beyond our horizon.

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Jean-Pierre Luminet
Observer Effects: Conversations in Art & Science

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6 PM
Studio 1 – Goodman

Jean-Pierre Luminet, an expert on black holes, cosmology, and cosmic topology, will discuss the relationship between principles of aesthetics and the study of the cosmos through the work of artists, philosophers, and scientists. He also will discuss his role in Gérard Grisey's Le Noir de l'Étoile.

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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.

Free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

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Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge
02/14-02/16, 6 PM
Concert Hall
FREE - Registration required
Presented by Rensselaer

Vito Acconci: From Words Through Action To Architecture
Wed. 02/16, 6 PM
Presented by Architecture Rensselaer


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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