New York - EMPAC

Location: Troy, New York, United States of America

Art form: Emerging and Experimental Arts

Length of residency: 2 stages of 1-3 weeks (up to 6 weeks in total)

Dates: July 2017 to June 2018 (final dates to be negotiated with EMPAC)

Grant amount: $10,000


The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is a world class facility bringing together artistic innovation and scientific discovery at the intersection of the digital and experiential domains in order to move into, and support, new realms of culture, inquiry, research and learning. Located in upstate New York, on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC hosts artists and researchers year-round to create and present work.

EMPAC supports residencies in all areas of inter, multi and single media; fixed media; performance; and interactive practice. Their work is focused on time-based arts, with an emphasis on integrating technology as artistic means and an integral part of the content-based development of a project.

An EMPAC residency can take many forms. Most often, the major contribution is time and space. In this scenario, the residency primarily supports the development of a project in a focused environment with feedback from the curatorial staff. EMPAC’s residency program provides an environment that supports the realisation of complex works at any stage from inception to completion. Along with a state-of-the-art facility, it offers residents the support of a staff of experts in audio, video, interactive interfaces, and stage technologies.

This is a project-based residency. A project at EMPAC may spread across two residencies within a 12 month period to allow further development in between the residencies. Each residency can be between one and three weeks in duration. During this time, artists have access to accommodation within walking distance of EMPAC, and state-of-the-art facilities in the research and development of their work. The grant amount is reflective of a two stage residency and covers the cost of two return flights to New York plus a living allowance. For a single stage visit to EMPAC the grant amount will be adjusted accordingly. The Resident receives accommodation in an apartment near the EMPAC campus.

Access and Inclusion

EMPAC's building, its venues, studios and back-of-house spaces are fully accessible. Access needs to living quarters during a residency can be accommodated. Please contact Sanja Simic, Project Officer – Residencies, on 02 9215 9336 or to discuss your specific needs.


EMPAC, credit: Peter Aaron.

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