Jason Steven Murphy, MFA '02
Jason Steven Murphy, MFA '02Date posted: 2010-04-05 10:21:16
Published Saturday March 20, 2010
Jason Steven Murphy (MFA '02) is the public relations and marketing manager for
the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI. He
lives with his wife and their dog in Albany. He's also a video and
sound artist who performs under the name skfl.
Q: Where are you originally from and how did you end up here?
A: I grew up in a tiny town called New Gloucester, Maine, which unless you're from Maine, you've probably never heard of. It has about 3,500 people and one stoplight, that's not even a real stoplight. It's about 30 minutes from Portland. I went to undergrad at Ithaca College for film and got really into experimental and digital works. I noticed a trend with a lot of the stuff being shown – a lot of it was coming from the iEAR program at RPI. So I ended up going to iEAR and getting my master's in electronic arts.
Q: Are you still involved with Goodship, the collective that puts on the after parties for Troy Night Out?
A: It's kind of in flux. Kevin Luddy, Ryan Jenkins and myself had been doing the after parties since TNO started. We had some good momentum going for awhile, but then there were the holidays and I started this job, and sometimes EMPAC events are the same night and I'm conflicted. I'm not as involved as a I used to be but I'm hoping to get back into it.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I read an epic amount of comic books. Thankfully, we're getting into a day and age where that's not a shunnable offense. You can see me most Wednesdays going to Aquilonia Comic Books when the new issues come out. I also listen to a lot of music. I read a lot — not just comic books, but biographies, etc.
Q: What's the best part of your job?
A: I think it's knowing that I'm helping get the word out about events that could potentially entertain someone. I remember seeing films that really moved me and I like being involved with providing that opportunity to challenge what people think dance can be, or what an exhibition can be.
Q: What do you like about this area?
A: It's the people. I think people here a little more willing to be challenged. I don't know what it is — there's an interest in being challenged, and for the most part, a lack of pretension. Folks who come to EMPAC are often amazed at how engaged people are here.
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