Science & Art Cabaret

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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

Science & Art Cabaret 15.0: Sound

The Ninth Ward @ Babeville


Allen Farmelo
From Shit-Fi to Holosonic Immersion: The Culture of Listening in the 21st Century

Elaine T. Stathopolous, PhD
Jeff Higginbotham, PhD
From Sound To Silence

David Gutierrez
Be Hear Now: Insights, Tips, Warnings, and Ramblings of a Hopelessly Addicted Vinyl Junkie, DJ, and Rock n Roll Casualty

Inverse Square Trio
Performing at the Intersection of Music and Science

The Science & Art Cabaret is supported by the Technē 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."

Allen Farmelo is a record producer, founder of the record label Butterscotch Records, and editor of Pink Noise Magazine, a feminist publication about recording and audio. A Buffalonian by birth and at heart, Farmelo spent the past decade working in NYC and now lives in the Hudson Valley. He holds an M.A. in Sociomusicology from the Department of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo.

David Gutierrez is a longtime Buffalo musician, guitarist for the Irving Klaws, and venerable DJ at The Pink.

Professor Elaine Stathopoulos completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1981 and does research in the area of respiratory and laryngeal function during typical voice production. More recently, she has completed a large project on how speakers with Parkinson's disease use their voices. Dr. Stathopoulos teaches courses in Voice Disorders, and Anatomy and Physiolgy of the speech mechanism, as well. She has numerous publications on strategies for breathing during voice production, and has served as associate editor and editor in a flagship journal - The Journal of Speech and Hearing Research.

Since receiving his PhD in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Comparative Studies in Human Social Interaction, Jeff Higginbotham has used his skills in the video analysis of discourse and talk-in-interaction to research how people interact—in real time—to co-produce meaning, emotion and identity. He has applied this research toward the development of new communication technologies for individuals with complex communication needs, including persons with cerebral palsy, autism and neurodegenerative disorders. More recently, Jeff has begun to apply his interests in human interaction and technology to explore alternative ways of engaging others through the use of recorded sound, music and visual modalities of expression.

The Inverse Square Trio was founded in 2013 with the mission of exploring the intersections of music and science. From the profound to the absurd, they offer a unique concert event featuring original compositions, performances of existent works old and new, demonstrations, and explanations. With a repertoire that includes works by Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Richard Feynman, and Monty Python, the Inverse Square Trio is an ambitious project that aims to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

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