EMPAC—The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

Rensselaer professor Ellen Esrock researches the effect that our sense of touch, temperature, body position, and pain has on our perceptions of visual art and literature. In this talk, she explores how spectators and readers use their own body to reshape the boundary between themselves and an imagined fictional world. This softening of boundaries permits readers and viewers to immerse themselves in worlds outside of their own and to locate these worlds within the self. Touch, as part of the somatosensory system, functions along with the viscerosensory and motor systems to deepen our emotions and cognitions of these blended realities.

Curator: Emily Zimmerman

empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/detail-view/ellen-esrock

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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout


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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout the year. EMPAC is also a space where artists and researchers engage in new creative practice through its residency program.

For information on these and other upcoming events,
visit empac.rpi.edu.

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