Arts & Culture

Science & Art Cabaret Reverberates With Discussion of Frequencies

For the 23rd Science & Art Cabaret since 2009, Hallwalls, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and the UB College of Arts & Sciences present FREQUENCIES. The event will be held in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm. Admission, as always is free.

FREQUENCIES features five participants dealing with the tangents of sound waves—their origin, their efficacy, their malleability, and the manner in which we bend frequencies to our will. Amateur satellite communications will be addressed by KEVIN KEDZIERSKI and JAMES R. HAIN of the Radio Association of Western New York. JOHN CERNE, Faculty Expert at Physics at the University at Buffalo will be present the physicist’s view of frequency. MAXIMILIAN GOLDFARB, visual artist and Visiting Professor at the University at Buffalo will discuss the use of radio in his art project M49. And MARTIN FREEMAN, an electronic artist and musician from Rochester will be discussing his project Trzypsy while four participants…”play” the Trzypsy.

Co-founder of the cabaret Gary Nickard explains, “In this program, we wanted to explore a diverse range of topics related to frequencies. We are familiar with radio waves from UHF, VHF, FM, and AM transmissions. Visible light, infrared heat, radio waves, and gamma rays are all electromagnetic vibrations and are really the same things. They are all electromagnetic radiation; they just differ in their wavelengths. In the same way that we sense frequency of sound as pitch, we sense the frequency of light as color but the visible spectrum is tiny in relation to the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Beyond radio lies UV, x-rays, and gamma rays. The shorter the wavelength, the  higher the energy. Such high energy frequencies are largely clocked by the Earth’s atmosphere. Thus, Superman’s “x-ray vision” is basically useless on Earth.”

“Frequencies is a great theme for the cabaret and really engages the weird factor that often comes to play in these events,” says John Massier, Visual Arts Curator at Hallwalls and cabaret co-founder. “We have a reputable physicist among our presenters, but hard science might be outweighed by iconoclastic strangeness in this particular presentation. But we like that. The underlying theme of the cabaret is not merely how art is suffused with the various disciplines of science, but how the freakishness of art bleeds back into science.”

The event series acts as an ongoing conversation about endless topics across all disciplines, typically bringing together artists, scientists, writers, musicians, and scholars to discuss how their work crosses paths within a common theme. The series’ underlying premise is that intellectual pursuits that appear distinct actually intersect far more often than presumed and share spheres of interest and meaning.

Since the fall of 2009, the Science & Art Cabaret has tackled a wide panoply of themes — nanotechnology, the brain, sound, hysteresis, modularity, failure, relativity, improvisation, color, skepticism, James Joyce, and even Death.

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