EMPAC Research hosts Creativity, Accessibility, and Well-being Symposium with the Center for Deep Listening and ISATMA

The public weekend of events explores technological innovations and creative music practices September 28-30

September 27, 2023


EMPAC / the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center announces its Research program to host Deep Listening: Creativity, Accessibility, and Well-being with the Center for Deep Listening and the International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA), September 28-30, 2023.

The symposium is a collaboration between ISATMA and the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer. It highlights adaptive interfaces that can control digital workstations and musical instruments, and which can be especially useful for people affected by and living with spinal cord injuries and other health-related conditions that impact mobility. The symposium is equally concerned about the well-being aspect of music.

Deep Listening is a philosophy and practice of sonic awareness developed by experimental musician and composer Pauline Oliveros, whose participatory work connects people to musical experiences across ability. The conference will include Deep Listening workshops and presentations by Ione, Heloise Gold, Anne Bourne, and others. It will highlight accessible telepresence environments where groups can collaborate in real time regardless of mobility.

The symposium schedule includes musical performances with artists across abilities from the US and Europe, as well as with the Rensselaer Orchestra, an ensemble of undergraduate and graduate students who perform works from classical to experimental.

All Symposium events are open to the public and free of charge. Workshops, performances, and talks take place in-person at the EMPAC Theater located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Venue accessibility information is available at empac.rpi.edu.

Symposium schedule and more info available at isatma.org.

Listings Info

Deep Listening: Creativity, Accessibility, and Well-being   

September 28-30, 2023

Location: EMPAC at Rensselaer, On the corner of 8th Street and College Ave, Troy, NY 12180

Registration: FREE | Open to the public

A three-day symposium of workshops, performances, and talks dedicated to technologies and Deep Listening practices that enable the work of artists with and without disabilities. It offers workshops and presentations by Ione, Heloise Gold, and Anne Bourne, as well the Rensselaer Orchestra and artists across abilities from the US and Europe.  

Special Thanks

ISATMA 2023 Fall: Deep Listening is supported by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and by iEAR Presents! (Rensselaer Arts Department) through funding from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Co-sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley.

Written By SCER Staff
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