Science & Art Cabaret

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Hallwalls, Buffalo Museum of Science, and UB College of Arts & Sciences present

Science & Art Cabaret 14.0: Love Yer Brain

The Ninth Ward @ Babeville

image by Nick Byrd
The Science & Art Cabaret is supported by the Techne Institute for Arts & Technology.

The Science & Art Cabaret is an ongoing collaborative program between Hallwalls, the University at Buffalo, and the Buffalo Museum of Science begun in October 2009. The cabaret attempts to bring forth intellectual and creative ideas centered around given themes, in a mash-up of ideas concocted to investigate the connections between these distinct fields of investigation.

As Hallwalls' curator John Massier explains:

"I often refer to the cabaret as Casual Learning Wednesdays and we've stuck fairly true to that tradition. While we always enter into each themed cabaret with confidence in the general idea and the invited participants, we can never determine how it will all play out. In beautifully organic/artistic/scientific fashion, we have found our diverse presenters to often overlap in curious ways, calling back to each others' ideas, and confirming what we always suspected when we began this ongoing program—there is…um…a force that binds us all. Or two forces, perhaps, each elemental and integral to the fields of science and art: Critical Thinking and Imagination. If we manage to successfully pureé these forces, we've served up a smoothie of ideas not offered anywhere else in town. And that critical, imaginative, interrogative smoothie remains free of charge. With a cash bar! I think it's safe to say that both artists and scientists are exploratory creatures, investigating and re-imagining our world (and all other possible worlds). Sometimes it's not about answers, but about lots and lots of questions. The end of each cabaret, for me, always has a nice lingering effect, not because anything has necessarily been figured out, but because we've filled the air with the whiff of speculation and dreams."

For our first cabaret of the 2014/15 season, participants have been asked to address the general concept of the brain. And loving it. Because we love it—nay, revere it—and you should too. Imagination, intellectual curiosity, almost everything we know and sense is centered in this dynamic human organ.

Love Yer Brain participants include:

Josephine Anstey
"Improvising Consciousness: The Past and Future of the Human Mind"

Deborah Aschheim
Interview with John Massier about her neurological art.

Christopher Cohan
"The Beauty of the Brain and a Museum Where You Can See It"

Lee Guterman
"It's Not Rocket Science, It's Only Brain Surgery"