Experimental Prototype Performing Arts Center

The other day I realized that EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) is a kind of embodiment of what Walt Disney envisioned for his beloved EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). Disney saw it as a utopic city that could use advanced technology to create a better society and EMPAC is pretty much doing that, elevating man through the arts and sciences, pushing the boundaries of our cultural capabilities, expanding the scope of the visual and the scientific. Since we've been working here on Brent's project we have seen so many performances, pieces of art, lectures and some things that can't even be defined each one consistently moving forward in terms of art history and ingenuity. Watching Brent collaborate with brilliant engineers is an incredible feeling- troubleshooting from two entirely separate fields whose gap keeps closing further with accessibility.

During our most recent stay at EMPAC the director of the space came to offer his curatorial expertise on how people will break the sculpture (a terrifying experience for all)! He reasoned that there is an accesibilty, a familiarity with media arts that make people more comfortable and more likely to break them! It never occurred to me that multi-media is a medium that permeates all of our existences and that EMPAC is trying to push open your home tv to make way for more useful creativity, as seen in the beautiful messages of Brent's new piece which is, in fact, exploded LCD monitors! Here is yet another in progress pic of Brent's piece along with a picture of the futuristic walls (and spheres!) of EMPAC, a place that enables creative ideas to come to life...now I do sound like a Disney ad! But, come on guys, look at this place! It truly is a haven for all kinds of minds! Our last leg of residency is coming up and I am so sad to leave this completely inspiring place...stay tuned for where & when the premier of Too Many Men Strange Fates Are Given, the result of our EMPAC stay, will take place! (It is an exciting secret! Yay!)



Donna K. is a recent transplant to the Midwest where she can be found exploring culture at large through film programming, writing and her general interest in the world- both on and offline.