EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is where the arts, sciences, and technology meet under one roof.

Winner of the EMPAC/CINARS Open Call, Theatre Junction is a bilingual multidisciplinary live art ensemble based in Montreal, Canada.

Their newest creation, OUTSIDE / IN, is inspired by the logic of the panopticon – a prison designed by architect Jeremy Bentham in the 17th century.

The principle of the panopticon is simple: a central tower allows the jailers to monitor, without being seen, all the acts and gestures of the prisoners who are locked in small cells in a circular building around the tower.

The effect of the panopticon is based on imposing behaviors on the whole population based on the idea that we are being watched, that we are watching each other and that we can be punished or excluded, at any moment if our behavior deviates from what the central power has defined as normal or accepted.

If the panopticon concept is extended to the society in which we currently live, we see that social media are taking more and more place in our lives and influencing our behavior.

The advent of this panoptic society integrates the omnipresent look of control that monitors and therefore limits thoughts and behaviors. Each person ends up internalizing and exercising this control over himself. The omnipresent gaze is then internalized, as well as the gradual loss of freedom.

This relationship between the exterior and the interior is at the heart of the dramaturgy of this new creation, Outside | In.

For this FREE in-progress showing, audience members follow the production?s protagonists through a built environment in EMPAC Studio 1/Goodman for opportunities to interact with a mix of in-person performers and live streamed moving-image elements. Join us!

EMPAC 2023 Spring
Theatre Junction
Friday, MAY 12, 2023 at 7PM
Studio 1/Goodman

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