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Preview of Kurt Hentschläger’s CLUSTER at EMPAC on November 3rd

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EMPAC Performance Shows Swarm Behavior

A Preview of Kurt Hentschläger’s CLUSTER

Kurt Hentschläger's CLUSTER. Photo Courtesy of Kurt HentschlägerThe Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will come to life on Saturday, November 3rd with a world-class audiovisual performance by Austrian Artist Kurt Hentschläger. The show will begin at 8pm.

The next phase in Hentschläger’s generative video and audio work, CLUSTER focuses on group behavior and interaction, particularly what is called swarm phenomena.

The soundscapes in the performance are rendered by the events driving the work—swarm motion and behavior, as well as changes in light and color. A rhythmic grid ties the individual parts together.

In a simple yet absurd setting, 3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. But the never fully predictable generative nature of CLUSTER describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character.

CLUSTER goes through several stages, starting with an abstract and building into a cloud of blurry semi-realistic matter—body parts and light—to eventually arrive at a humanoid cluster, spinning and tumbling through space.

Based in Chicago, Hentschläger creates audiovisual performances and installations. He began exhibiting his work of surreal machine-objects in 1983. He has since been working with time-based media, video, animation, and sound. Between 1992 and 2003 Hentschläger worked collaboratively as one half of Granular-Synthesis, employing large-scale projected images and drone-like soundscapes.

Hentschläger’s work has been presented world-wide at the Venice Theater Biennale, National Art Museum of China (Beijing), PS1 (New York), Musée d’Art Contemporaine in Montreal, the Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna), National Museum for Contemporary Art (Seoul), and the InterCommunication Center (Tokyo). In 2010, Hentschläger received a Quartz Electronic Music Award.

Tickets are $18 for general admission; $13 for non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty; and $6 for RPI students with an ID.

Evelyn’s Café at RPI will open at 7pm. with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service will continue after the performance.

Parking will be available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue. For more information, visit the EMPAC website at or call the EMPAC box office at 518-276-3921.

Holli Rossi Murphy is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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