Tuesday, October 25, 2011

[HvEXAS] Francis and the Lights and onedotzero: sprites


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Screenshot from the music video "The Top", directed by Jake Schreier
Screenshot from the music video The Top, directed by Jake Schreier

Francis and the Lights: The White Room

Friday + Saturday, October 28 + 29, 8:30 PM

Reclusive singer, songwriter, and pianist Francis Farewell Starlite is currently in residence at EMPAC creating a new pop music spectacle, The White Room. The White Room references the small area used by NASA astronauts to access spacecraft. In this room, astronauts make final preparations before entering the spacecraft such as donning parachute packs, putting on helmets, and detaching portable air conditioning units.

Starlite's single vision and explosive live performances have drawn comparisons to David Byrne and James Brown, among others. Last year, he toured the US with rap superstar Drake (at his personal invitation), as well as opened for MGMT, Ke$ha, La Roux, and Mark Ronson.

sprites: Punga, "Gluko & Lennon"
sprites: Punga, Gluko & Lennon

onedotzero: sprites
Saturday, October 29, 11 AM

Tickets - kids free with purchase of adult ticket

A dynamic program just for kids, the next generation of creators! This specially curated selection of short videos can be enjoyed by youngsters and parents alike. Recommended for ages 3-11.

Evelyn's Café will be open for healthy snacks and juices for the sprites screening from 10:30 AM — 3 PM.



"Spring Cleaning" - photo by Pooh Kaye
Spring Cleaning - photo by Pooh Kaye

DANCE MOViES Commission 2010-2011 Premieres
Saturday, November 5th, 7 PM


The world premiere of four new dance film and video projects, a live punk marching band, and behind-the-scenes artist talks!

Poor Dog Group: "Dionysia" - image courtesy of the artists
Poor Dog Group: Dionysia - image courtesy of the artists

Poor Dog Group: Dionysia
Friday + Saturday, November 11 + 12, 8 PM


Half-man and half-horse, the wild and badly behaved satyrs were legendary companions of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and theater. Poor Dog Group brings together ancient satyr drama, imagery, and lore to reinvent the term "satyr play".

There are still a few spots open for the Saturday, November 5 workshop with Poor Dog Group - RSVP to Liz Slagus by Monday, October 31.



Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (series #3) + index (v.4)
Monday - Saturday, 12-6 PM


Glasses and bowls touch as they float through pools of water. The fragile sounds of this chance music combine with music created from the building's network activity that plays on two computer-controlled pianos.

Closes Saturday, November 5!

video of the exhibition


Rensselaer Music Association Family Weekend Concert
Sat. 10/29, 3 PM


EMPAC 2011-2012 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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