Wednesday, March 02, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | talk + dinner with Jean-Pierre Luminet & MindBox exhibition opening


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Image courtesy of Jean-Pierre Luminet
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, which was performed at EMPAC recently.

For all Observer Effects talks, dinner will be for sale at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the event. Wine and refreshments will also be available as part of our cafe service.

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Christian Graupner: MindBox
Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, April 2, 2011
Monday - Friday, noon - 6 PM
Video Gallery

Using a modified one-armed bandit slot machine, MindBox is a viewer-driven dance video and music triptych. Insert a coin, work the machine's lever and buttons, and directly remix the moves of a man on three screens. Media artist Christian Graupner and choreographer Roberto Zappalà teamed up to make a vocabulary of sounds and movements that take beatboxing—a vocal percussion style that comes out of hip-hop—into the realm of interactive media. As machine lights flash, the viewer draws out an idiosyncratic movement portrait in beats and starts, playing this headstrong media sculpture like an instrument.

On Thursday, March 3 from 5-6 PM, Christian Graupner will be on-site and available to answers questions and chat with visitors. All are welcome!

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Artist-in-Residence Showing: Down The Rabbit-Hole
Monday, March 7, 2011, 7 PM
Studio 2

Join us for a workshop performance of a new piece by artists-in-residence Phyllis Chen (toy pianist/composer) and Rob Dietz (video artist/electronic musician).

Down The Rabbit-Hole is a performance for toy piano, music boxes, live electronics, live and edited video, and amplified objects. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice stories, this is not a re-telling of a beloved fairy tale but a new work using objects and themes from the novels. The ticking of a pocket watch, the shuffling of a deck of cards, or the clattering of a tea set are reinvented in visual and sonic terms. With the use of microphones, a magnifying glass, and live video feeds, commonplace objects are brought to life, and a miniature stage is set in motion inside a toy piano.

The performance will be followed by an informal discussion with the artists.

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onedotzero: extended play 10 & nightfall
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 7 & 9 PM
$5 per screening

Join us for a night of double feature screenings that showcase the moving image across motion graphics, short film, animation, music videos, and more from the 2010 London festival onedotzero_ adventures in motion.

Stop by early for a drink and a snack. Wine, beer, and food will be available at Evelyn's Café from 6-9 PM.

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Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians + Double Sextet
performed by Signal
Saturday, March 12, 2011, 8 PM
Concert Hall

Steve Reich's mesmerizing minimalist masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians, transformed classical music forever, and has also made waves in electronica and pop music. This piece is performed alongside Reich's Pulitzer Prize–winning Double Sextet, by New York's Signal, under Brad Lubman.

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Americana Pops Concert
03/05, 2 PM
Concert Hall
Presented by Rensselaer Music Association and the Rensselaer Union Classical Concert Series


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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