There is Still Time..Brother
Date : 4/2/2012-3/3/2012
(Closed on Sunday)
Time : 12 - 8pm
Venue : L8 Gallery 360 (M8001)
Free admission.
EMPAC- The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at the Intersection of Digital Media and Human Senses

Date : 4/2/2012
Time : 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 3 (M5050), L5
Free admission.
Conducted in English

Invited Speaker

Professor Johannes Eberhard Goebel
Founding Director of EMPAC

EMPAC, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, opened in 2008 after eight years of design and construction.

The US-$220 million center is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest engineering school in the USA. It is a unique project that offers very large venues and studios for the full integration of digital technology with the human senses of seeing, hearing and moving in space. As a research and production center it hosts artists from all time-based arts - performance art, music, dance, theater, installation, film, interactive art - as well as researchers and engineers who work for instance in visualization, immersive environments or augmented reality. New works are commissioned and produced in extended residencies, and a cutting-edge program of events, performances, exhibitions and lectures challenges the audiences. This lecture will focus on what it takes to match digital technology with the complexity of our human senses and experience.

About the Speaker

Johannes Goebel is the founding director of EMPAC and professor in the Department and the School of Architecture of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was hired in 2002 from his position at ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany, to develop with architects, engineers and consultants the building and infrastructure of EMPAC. Parallel to this intensive process, he defined the program of EMPAC and build up the staff of EMPAC with curators, administrative, technical and production staff. From 1990 until 2002 he was the founding director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at ZKM Karlsruhe, where he was also highly engaged in the design and construction process of ZKM. In a previous life he was a composer, musician, educator and instrument builder with classical training in Germany and a start in computer music in 1977 at Stanford University.

Meet the Artist
Ms Elizabeth LeCompte, Director of the Wooster Group

Date : 4/2/2012
Time : 5pm – 6pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 3 (M5050), L5, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
Free admission.
Conducted in English

Programme Partner

Moderator: Ms Vee Leong (Hong Kong Playwright and Director)
Guest speaker: Ms Ellen Pau (Co-founder & Artistic Director of Videotage)

Opening Reception
There Is Still Time..Brother by The Wooster Group

Date : 4/2/2012
Time : 6pm – 7:30pm
Venue : Staff Common Room, L8, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre


The Wooster Group

The Asian Premieree of There Is Still Time..Brother, a panoramic interactive “war” film made by the world-famous Wooster Group theatre company from New York.

Taking an intriguing new approach to cinema, an audience member controls the projection window that only reveals a portion of the Wooster Group’s densely constructed 360° panoramic film. This interactive exploration of the film’s highly dramatized space and time coordinates challenges established notions of linear narrative as it becomes edited and experienced differently upon every viewing.

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte. Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive panoramic cinema. Commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). Produced by EMPAC in collaboration with iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (AUS) and ZKM | Institute for Visual Media (D) and in collaboration with The Wooster Group.

Elizabeth LeCompte, the Director of the Wooster Group, will be present at the opening to meet the audience.

Artist’s Statement

The Wooster Group's first war movie, in 360 degrees. The mercurial host tries to articulate the implications of the unique 'narrative space' while massively outnumbered British troops battle the French for control of Fort Calypso. In the center of an interactive panorama, surrounded by children's toys, narrator-bloggers, pornography, bloodletting, war, hamsters -- what will you watch and what will you turn away from? A final tearful goodbye on the shore, then the submarine disappears beneath the waves -- Is there still time?

- The Wooster Group

About The Wooster Group

The Wooster Group, founded in New York in 1975, has greatly influenced international theater: In their works, the ensemble combines classic and modern theater texts with new media and reflects the elements of theatrical performance and strategies as well as the role of the actor respectively the performer.

With their deconstruction of common conventions of theater, The Wooster Group ranks among the most influential groups in post-dramatic theater. The ensemble’s work is also characterized by collaborations with renowned international actors, performers and designer.