Feb 28, March 1 & 2. 7pm & 9pm.  SoA + HASS  + EMPAC //

RPI’s School of Architecture (SoA) and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS),  in conjunction with EMPAC are pleased to present:


A new media performance under the direction of renowned visiting artists Mary Ellen Strom and Joanna Haigood
February 28, March 1, March 2, 2013
7PM and 9PM performances Daily
Studio 2 EMPAC

The Machine Starts is based on E.M. Forster‚s 1909 sci-fi novella The Machine Stops, an eerily prescient tale that predicts the internet, television, global environmental ruin, social isolation and the impact of technology on the human experience.

Under the Renssealer leadership of artists Shawn Lawson and Michael Oatman, professors in HASS and the SoA respectively, this student run performance features A Capella singing group, The Rusty Pipes, The Parkour Club, and Center Stage, a spoken word group, as well as interactive media, new music and architectures designed to transform EMPAC.

There are 6 shows, and only 100 seats available for each show. Tickets are $10 general admission, $6 students.

EMPAC website:
EMPAC Box office: 518.276.3921

Reserve your flight today by visiting the EMPAC box office. As there is a special ticket associated with the performance, they must be purchased in advance of the day of show, preferably in person. You are requested to arrive 1/2 hour prior to the start of the performance.


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