EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, is one of the major initiatives of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. With this project Rensselaer declares the necessity of creating new grounds for culture and society in conjunction with research, technology and education. EMPAC will provide a platform where the vectors of research can meet the circles of reflection and artistic creation. Technology is to be challenged as art and perception are challenged and changed by technology.
The new building for EMPAC will open towards the end of 2006. The building will house a concert hall (1200 seats), a theater with fly-tower (400 seats), two studios/black boxes (3500 sqft/325 sqm and 40