Friday March 15, 2013

TROY, N.Y. -- The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces Inflatable Frankenstein, a theatrical performance by Brooklyn-based collective Radiohole. The event will take place in EMPAC’s Theater on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m.

Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?

The project was supported by EMPAC’s 2012 production residency.

Radiohole is a Brooklyn-based performance collective founded in 1998 by Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman, and Scott Halvorsen Gillette. At the heart of the company’s ethic is collaboration and play. Their cut-up techniques; rich object oriented visual sense; amplified, sampled sound; and raw, energetic performance style owe as much to the Punk and New Wave movements of the ‘70s and ‘80s as to any formal theatrical tradition. One of New York’s preeminent and most rigorous experimental ensembles, The Drama Review described Radiohole as "the quintessential American performance group." In 2009, the group received the Spalding Gray Award in recognition of their achievements.

Radiohole began by performing in basements and bars around Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Since then, the company has toured nationally and internationally. In 2000, the group co-founded the Collapsable Hole, a rehearsal and performance venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Collapsable Hole is Radiohole’s artistic home and the base for its Associated Hole Program, which fosters the work of a wide range of innovative artists through space grants and performance presentations. Artists that have participated in the Associated Hole

Program include Elevator Repair Service, Banana Bag & Bodice, Joseph Silovsky, Big Dance Theater, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty and staff; and $6 Rensselaer students (must provide ID for discounted tickets).

Evelyn’s Café will open at 7 p.m. 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.