EMPAC invites applications for the position of Curator for Contemporary Performance (Dance/Theater).
Going beyond a traditional university performing arts center in that EMPAC's events, performances, and projects are only a part of its program—with residencies, commissions, and productions taking up most of the resources—the artistic program set forth by the curatorial team is focused on contemporary art, performance, and their intersections.
EMPAC’s curatorial team has four curatorial positions; contemporary performance (dance/theater), music, and time-based visual arts as well as an associate curator for theory and campus engagement, and a project manager. Curators collaborate closely in an interdisciplinary way to shape the events, exhibitions, commissions, productions, and workshops at EMPAC.
We are looking for a curator with experience at the intersection of contemporary art and contemporary technology; who can reflect on the relationship of tools, aesthetics, and artistic goals; who enjoys exploration and collaboration; who sees an audience as essential to the arts; who seeks the challenge to contribute to a contemporary art program at the oldest engineering school in the US; and who is driven by what the arts can offer beyond streamlined entertainment.
EMPAC has been established as a bridge between the world of digital technology and the world of human experience. The building, infrastructure and program create a unique position at the intersection of art, science and technology. EMPAC brings together a strong foundation in the time-based arts with science and engineering under one roof, forming the overall mission. EMPAC is built on the belief that arts, science and engineering have different goals, motives and methodologies, but that bringing them together can create new directions and perspectives, changing and benefitting everyone involved.
EMPAC is not an academic facility with classrooms and faculty but is a research and production center offering and supporting bridges between the arts and scientific research. All work is project based, including residencies in the arts, science and engineering, commissions, performances, symposia, workshops, conferences, and festivals, among others.
The curator develops, implements and manages EMPAC specific programs for artist residencies, events, performances, commissions, installations, and symposia as a member of the curatorial team and in collaboration with the EMPAC Director, and the EMPAC production teams (stage, audio, video, and IT).
The successful candidate will curate, produce, supervise, and manage projects from inception to completion, guiding projects from idea to collaborative realization with a staff of forty. The curatorial process at EMPAC covers all areas of event production: analyzing EMPAC’s context and coupling it to artistic work, negotiating contracts, managing and overseeing artist services and visa applications, budgeting, ensuring top level technical realization, developing Marketing strategies, etc.
The curator will monitor regional, national and international developments under artistic and intellectual perspectives specific but not exclusive to the field of “art and technology,” establish and maintain contacts with artists, festivals, and institutions with directions and scope similar to those of EMPAC on regional, national, and international levels. The curator is also tasked with the development of programming strategies that engage the campus community of Rensselaer, the region, and utilize EMPAC’s unique human expertise and technical resources.
Must possess curatorial and production experience on the national level, with international experience preferred. Qualified candidates will have a solid background in theater and/or dance of the 20th and 21st centuries and its relationship to the broader arts discourse. Experience in project management of new productions is necessary, as is a track record of effective communication and the capacity to manage multiple projects happening simultaneously on varying timelines. A bachelor’s degree and experience in related areas (theater, dance, technology) is necessary, with a master’s degree preferred.
Active artists seeking to continue their artistic work while being curator are requested to rethink their possible application.
EMPAC intends to hire for the position of curator, however, candidates will be reviewed for relevant experience and education and may also be considered for the position as associate curator.
This is a full-time position and relocation to Troy, NY is required.
Rensselaer offers a full benefits package, and competitive compensation commensurate with experience.
Position starts March 1, 2015. Application review will begin November 30, 2014 until filled. Informal inquiries are welcome by email to Johannes Goebel, director of EMPAC jeg -at -rpi.edu, with cc: to Kimberly Gardner, manager, administrative operations gardnk -at- rpi.edu.
To be considered an applicant, interested parties who meet qualifications must visit https://rpijobs.rpi.edu, and follow the application instructions for the Curator for Contemporary Performance job when the position becomes posted. Please be prepared to upload a current resume or CV and a cover letter.
We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.
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