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Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York: call for applications

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The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center are now acccepting applications for its scholars and researchers in residence and its artists in residence programs

The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is dedicated to advancing research and artistic production at the intersection of technology, media and the time-based arts (media arts, video, music, dance, theater, etc.).

To that end, EMPAC is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for both its Scholars and Researchers in Residence and its Artists in Residence programs. There are no deadlines for applications, which will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

The Artists in Residence program is available to individuals, groups, ensembles or collectives to develop new approaches and new works in the time-based arts.

The intent of the program is to support work that cannot be created or realized elsewhere. As EMPAC is part of a technological research university and carries the word “experimental” in its name, goals may turn out to be unobtainable or dead ends, be they artistic or technical. Residencies may be used to take risks and experiment with new ideas, which are not necessarily attached to specific performances or a finished work.

Along with a state-of-the art facility, EMPAC offers residents the logistical support of experts in audio, video and stage technologies, as well as critical discourse with an interdisciplinary curatorial team.

Residencies may be for the entire duration of a project or for any phase of development. There is no preset limit on the length of time or frequency of residencies during the course of a project. Prospective artists may apply for limited travel and accommodation support, but also are encouraged to come with their own means of support.

The Scholars and Researchers in Residence Program is available to visiting scholars and researchers whose research is directed at the intersection of physical, human-scale environments and the technological domain.

EMPAC aims to create an environment of fertile creation, cross-pollination, and intellectual stimulation. Visiting scholars and researchers will participate in the formation of an intellectual community in scientific and engineering disciplines that may also engage perceptual and artistic knowledge and practice.

EMPAC will also be a platform for research activities in areas such as augmented reality, virtual reality, scientific visualization, audification, haptics, human/machine interfaces and interaction, auralization, and multi-modal modeling in large-scale, fully media-integrated environments.

Visiting scholars and researchers in residence are encouraged to apply for longer stays or affiliations that span over several residency periods. Prospective visitors may apply for limited travel and accommodation support, but also should expect to come with their own research funds. This program is an ideal match for scholars on sabbatical and for researchers with specific requirements that EMPAC can match. Residencies may also be granted to teams working on a joint project or developing new approaches, especially if they involve Rensselaer faculty and students.

For full program details, guidelines and application information, please visit:


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