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

Central Intelligence Agency is a performance, installation, and interactive environment. It is about what we see—and how our judgment becomes hostage to what we see. Polish performance artist Wojtek Ziemilski and German interaction designer Sebastian Neitsch will present a work-in-progress developed in part during an EMPAC residency.

As the story goes, in the 1950s, the CIA participated in promoting American art in some unexpected ways. Huge funds were invested to turn a group of American artists into international art stars and their artistic explorations were the next step toward aesthetic evolution. Jackson Pollock, along with other American abstract expressionists, is one of their most successful projects.

Intelligence needs agents. And agents play a different role from the one they may think they are playing. More and more, we become the agents. This performance is a landscape of people, their stories, and how their stories attempt to be objective, but cannot.

Wojtek Ziemilski: Director + Visual Artist
Sebastien Neitsch: Interactive Designer
Jan Bernstein: Design Engineer

Curator: Ash Bulayev

empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/central-intelligence-agency

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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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