Over the past two and a half years, the University at Buffalo, Hallwalls, and the Buffalo Museum of Science have collaborated to produce their unique Cabaret series, where the worlds of art and science intersect for an evening of stimulating conversation, entertainment and creativity. These events bring together scientists and artists to investigate and present on scientific topics in a fun, casual atmosphere, bringing a whole new approach to the standard lecture. The result is an event that engages people to explore complex topics from a more creative perspective. Wednesday, April 25 @ 7pm
“Inspired by the international Café Scientifique movement, Science & Art Cabaret was born out of a desire to re-imagine the way science is presented to the public,” said lead organizer and UB associate professor of Physics Will Kinney. “We aim to show that, like art, science is fundamentally a creative, and very human, thing,” Kinney said. “The cabaret is all about connections, and we try to make those connections by throwing out an idea like magic, or reductionism, or the end of the world, and let a diverse collection of creative people run with that idea any way they like. The result is sometimes strange, frequently funny and always engaging.”
Each Cabaret event is usually held in a basement club or a similarly casual venue with a cash bar, typically drawing in about 50 people. Rather than follow the typical one-sided lecture format, the idea is to encourage audience members to participate in the conversation. Past Cabaret events have covered topics such as “Invisible Worlds,” “The Man Machine,” and “The End of the Universe and the Future of Life.” Last November, an event titled “The Prestige” brought a collaborative presentation by a psychology professor who discussed perceptual illusions and a magician who gave a prestidigitation demonstration.
After attending several Cabaret events, teacher and Hallwall’s board member Caitlin Crowell found that she learned something fascinating and exotic at each event. “Nobody is just lecturing,” Crowell said. “Everybody’s got cool stuff that they’re putting up on the screen, and there’s cool music. This great, weird mix of people comes. They’re people I don’t otherwise see in the same room, and it’s terrific to go to an art event and see so many new faces.”
On Wednesday, April 25, the Cabaret organizers will present their tenth event, a major milestone for the series. The evening will be an exploration into the theme “The Photographic Holographic Universe.” This free event will feature multiple presentations by both artists and scientists. Doug Borzynski will start the presentation by creating a laser holographic image. Then, Gary Nickard will discuss “the Death of Photography,” Alan Friedman will discuss “Seeing the Sun From a Buffalo Backyard,” and John Wang will speak on “The Holographic Principle.” The event will start at 7 p.m. and is being held at the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue.
For more information on the Cabaret series, visit the Hallwalls website.