EMPAC, New York

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Location: Troy, New York, USA

Art form: Emerging and experimental arts

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

Dates: 29 Jul 2020 – 30 Jun 2021

Grant amount: $10,000

Website: EMPAC, New York

Information Pack:  learn more about the studio, accommodation, local area, and travel arrangements by downloading the information pack.

Guidelines: read the guidelines for information on assessment criteria, the selection process, support material, and how to submit an Expression of Interest.


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.

Residency opportunity

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. 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. 

Accommodation and workspace

The Resident will receive 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. 



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