Kurt Hentschläger: CLUSTER
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8 PM
EMPAC Concert Hall
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work, CLUSTER moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple yet absurd setting is proposed—3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. The soundscape is created by swarm motion and behavior, as well as changes in light and color.
Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual performances and installations. He began to exhibit his work in 1983, creating surreal machine-objects, and since has been working with time-based media, film, video, animation, and sound. Between 1992 and 2003 he worked collaboratively as one half of Granular-Synthesis, employing large-scale projected images and drone like soundscapes.
Select presentations include the Venice Biennale, the Venice Theater Biennale, National Art Museum of China (Beijing), PS1 (New York), Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna), National Museum for Contemporary Art (Seoul), ICC (Tokyo). In 2010, he received a Quartz Electronic Music Award.
Tickets are $18 general admission; $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty + staff; and $6 Rensselaer students (must provide ID for discounted tickets). Seating for this performance is very limited.
Evelyn’s Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.
More information can be found on the EMPAC website: empac.rpi.edu. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.