The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a performing arts center and research and production facility that provides an environment to support the realization of complex artworks and research projects at any stage, from inception to completion. EMPAC will present three special commissions of time-based work by Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American visual artists. Taking advantage of EMPAC’s expert team of video, audio, and production engineers and technicians, these artists will explore the potential of time-based media to excavate and re-contextualize cultural lineages and reveal ways in which they can shape contemporary society. Puerto Rican artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz will install a moving-image work that imagines a post-patriarchal civilization; emerging Venezuelan artist Ana Navas will reflect on the art history of the current political crisis in her home country; and Latinx artist Clarissa Tossin will advocate for the preservation of indigenous Mayan voices through performances on 3D-printed replicas of pre-Columbian instruments.
Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015 Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field.