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Archive 2013 Spring

Dr. Ade Knowles, Professor of Practice in the Department of the Arts at RPI, was interviewed by WAMC’s Joe Donahue and Alan Charak during its Roundtable segment at EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center) on May 28.  Dr. Knowles discussed his experience as a faculty member and his unique style of teaching that is incorporated in his Introduction to Afro-Cuban Percussion course and performance group Ensemble Congeros.  

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RPI Arts PhD Heather Dewey-Hagborg appeared on CNN Sunday Morning May 19 to discuss how she creates 3D portraits of people using DNA found in hair, gum and discarded trash.

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Professor Larry Kagan is one of thirty-four artists with works chosen to be showcased in illuminators at OK Harris Works of Art in NYC.  This exhibit will feature artists inspired by light either in lyrical, abstract or realistic depiction portrayed in paintings and photographer, or as an integral element in light boxes and free standing or suspended sculptural objects.  Exhibition opening is June 5th from 5 to 7 pm, for more information on this exhibit please visit the OK Harris Works of Art website: http://www.okharris.com/

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/science/tasting-words-dna-art-neuroscience-on-the-small-screen.html?_r=0Stranger Visions. Talk and exhibition at Genspace in Brooklyn on June 13. Exhibition at QF Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., opens June 29.        While staring at the wall of her therapist’s office, the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg noticed a strand of hair stuck in a hanging print. Walking home, she noticed that the subways and sidewalks were littered with genetic material on things like chewing gum and cigarette butts, some still moist with saliva. Curious about what she could learn, Ms. Dewey-Hagborg began to extract and sequence DNA from these discarded materials. Then — and here it gets a little eerie — she began to make computer models of their owners’ faces, using genetic clues to print 3-D masks that she concedes “might look more like a possible cousin than a spitting image.” Hanging these portraits along with the original samples, she says, is “a provocation designed to spur a cultural dialogue about genetic surveillance.” After the June exhibitions, Ms. Dewey-Hagborg will show her work early next year at the New York Public Library. She has also collaborated on a tongue-in-cheek project called DNA spoofing, which purports to offer ordinary people some techniques to avoid detection by scrambling their genetic material.

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Five RPI graduate students present an impressive range of work in digital animation and photography,electro-acoustic chamber music, and accompanied film on Sunday May 12, 6–8 PM in West Hall Gallery.  Free and open to the public.

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"A Sunday walk in Prospect Park is usually a quiet affair, possibly with children's voices heard from afar. This past Sunday, however, the park was filled with the sound of drums; the Taiko drums of Japan, American-Indian drums and even the well-known drums of the Troy High School Drum Corp.  The sounds of the world's percussion traditions were brought to the park by Michael Century, a pianist and composer who is also a professor of new media and music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute."

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"Anyone who follows dual keyboardists like Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia or Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson will be staggered by the work here. Completely improvised, the nine interlocking suites expose almost all variations of what can be extracted from 176 keys." 

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Ever wonder how rainfall becomes drinking water?  Flo: The Watershed Project, a new game simulation by Rensselaer students directed by Professor of Arts Kathleen Ruiz, lets you experience the journey for yourself—and gives you a unique, memorable perspective on this vital process! 

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Please check out the in-depth interview with retiring RPI Professor Neil Rolnick, the lead article on this month's NewMusicBox.org.  Prof Rolnick talks about his career as a composer and plans for the future.  With video and music links.

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The Deep Listening Institute is accepting proposals for scholarly lectures, poster presentations, or experience-oriented expositions and/or demonstrations, for the First International Conference on Deep Listening.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2013.  For more information, please see http://deeplistening.org/site/conference

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The Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the position of full-time Lecturer in Music.  Deadline: May 6, 2013.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Program Ranked in Top 15 Out of 150 Programs in U.S. and Canada

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Anton Hand, Master of Fine Arts student is thrilled to announce that RUST LTD’s entry “The Museum of the Microstar” was awarded first place in the Unity DirectX 11 game competition.

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and reception for Professor Mary Anne Staniszewski's new book Alternative Histories: New York Art Space, 1960 to 2010.  Friday January 4, 2013, 6 to 8 PM

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The Ninth: Destiny of a Symphony
February 28, 2018 4:00 PM
EMPAC Concert Hall

Film screening and panel discussion on Beethven's 9th symphony.    Co-sponsored by Student Life with the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.