The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Troy, NY
Master Electrician / Lighting Supervisor
January 2013 - September 2016

EMPAC Website

EMPAC Facility Technical Improvements

Video and Film Lighting Equipment Acquisition and Storage Carts 

Johannes Goebel - Director, EMPAC
Argeo Ascani - Curator, Music
Victoria Brooks - Curator, Time-Based Visual Arts
Ash Bulayev - Curator, Theatre and Dance

Geoff Abbas - Director of Stage Technologies
Eric Brucker - Lead Video Engineer
Daniel Swalec - Master Electrician / Lighting Supervisor

December 2013 - February 2014 | Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center




In anticipation of a shift in directions of residencies within EMPAC in the coming years, I was asked to assemble a list of lighting and grip equipment that would supplement the current, mostly theatrical and incandescent, lighting inventory in a way that would help facilitate future video-recording-based projects both on and off site. The premise was to create a list of equipment to maximize the flexibility and usefulness within the facility, while allowing for mobility and travel to local area filming sites as needed. The initial proposal was trimmed down slightly to fit within the budget and custom built carts were designed and fabricated to safely store and transport the equipment around the facility.





Technical Project Notes:

Storage and transportation is as much of a concern for me as the equipment being stored or transported. In a facility based on flexibility, every detail of the carts –down to the caster choice and its locking ability– were deliberate choices. These carts were built for the specific gear determined to be new acquisitions to the facility's inventory while allowing for room for existing fixtures specific to a “film-lighting” inventory,  Very limited space was left for additional equipment and expansion. The structural frames for these three similar carts were welded locally, and the final assembly was done in house at EMPAC.



More projects from EMPAC

Ben Frost’s music is not just heard; it’s felt
Already among the most well-known musicians of their generations, Mariel Roberts (cello) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) have quickly developed international reputations for their dedication to the advancement of music.
On the final evening of Cally Spooner’s EMPAC production residency, in which she will be shooting her new film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage in Studio 1, the artist invites you to be part of a live studio audience
Returning to EMPAC after his 2013 multi-venue installation and performance, British artist Mark Fell presents Recursive Frame Analysis , a new work for light, sound, and human movement.
Almost every object struck, plucked, or blown in Memory Palace, a 22-minute work for amplified percussion and electronics, has to be made by the percussionist.
The Mivos Quartet, one of the most sought-after string quartets in the international new music scene, will be in residence at EMPAC to develop and perform a new work by American composer Eric Wubbels.

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