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Presentation by CREW, a team of artists and researchers

PERFORMANCE
CREW / Eric Joris: HeadSwap

CREW

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 7 PM
EMPAC Studio 1 – Goodman
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
FREE – reservations required
http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/spring/headswap

CREW, a Belgian-based multidisciplinary team of artists and researchers will present the artistic and research outcome of their three-week EMPAC residency at HeadSwap.

CREW’s performances create personalized immersive environments for the audience that challenge common notions of (tele)presence, spectatorship, and narration. HeadSwap takes the next step in immersive performance. Participants can navigate and choose their individual point of view within omni-directional footage from Japan and New York City, while “swapping their heads” and simultaneously seeing what another person chooses to see.

CREW is a Belgian-based arts collective operating on the border of art and science. For more then a decade, founder Eric Joris and CREW have created performances on the edge of theater, film, and new media. With video goggles and interactive technology, the company explores a unique medium that puts the spectator at the heart of the experience.

CREW has created a unique position for itself in the field of performing and hybrid arts through experimental productions such as Icarus (2001), Philoctetes (2002), Crash (2004-2005), U_Raging Standstill (2006), O_Rex (2007), W (Double U) (2008), EUX (2008), Line-Up (2009), C.A.P.E. (2010-2012), Terra Nova (2011), and NoHorizon (2012). http://www.crewonline.org

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made in person at the EMPAC Box Office or over the phone at 518.276.3921. Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5 PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45 PM or they will be released.

Evelyn’s Café will open at 5 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

More information can be found on the EMPAC website: empac.rpi.edu. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

Vectors of Research—Circles of Art

EMPAC—The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities, technologies, and by breathing the same air.

Situated on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC is dedicated to building bridges between our human senses, to modes of perception and experience, to creating meaning in a physical environment, and to the intangible world of digital technology.

Four discrete venues are designed with unique technical infrastructure to enable audiences to see, hear, and move in space in endlessly different ways. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to create new work and presents events which ask audiences to join the quest for new perspectives.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the social sciences and humanities. For over 30 years, the Institute has been a leader in interdisciplinary creative research, especially in the electronic arts. In addition to its MFA and PhD programs in electronic arts, Rensselaer offers bachelor degrees in electronic arts, and in electronic media, arts, and communication — one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and EMPAC are two major research platforms that Rensselaer established at the beginning of the 21st century.

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by 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 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY, 12180

January 23rd, 2013 · Tags: Art Show, Events