Signal:Noise
Wednesday 9th Mar, 2016

The Ninth Ward @ Babeville
Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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  • Scientists and artists say: Bring on the noise! Artists and academics will provide diverse perspectives on the science and aesthetics of noise at Buffalo’s next Science & Art Cabaret. An eclectic cast of artists and researchers will explore the meaning of noise in a series of entertaining and intellectually provocative talks and performances. There will be a cash bar.

    The event is FREE and open to the public.

    The line-up for the March 9th event:
    • Jaric Zola, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo, will discuss, “Signal of Life: DNA and Computers.”
    • Bill Sack, musician and composer, will present on “Music at Noise, Noise as Music.”
    • Kinney, UB professor of physics, will discuss, “Cosmic Noise and the Limit of Knowability.”
    • A live performance by the Vorechestra will complete the evening.

Quirky, intellectual and fun, the cabaret is an ongoing collaborative program between Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, UB and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Individual “cabarets” are held several times a year, with each bringing together an unusual mishmash of speakers from divergent fields to talk about a common theme.

  • “In ‘Signal:Noise,’ we bring together scientists, musicians and composers to look at noise in all of its manifestations in an original and entertaining way,” says Science & Art Cabaret co-founder Will Kinney, a professor of physics at the University at Buffalo. “We will make music, make noise, dissect it, learn its limits, and most of all have a great time doing it.”
  • “Noise is everywhere,” Kinney says regarding the theme of the night. “It's a fact of life in science, and in art. Every measurement you make in real-world science contains random influences — noise — which needs to be dealt with in some way. This has broad relevance: for example, the margin of error in political polls is a form of statistical noise, as is graininess in photographs, or static on radio or television.
  • “But noise, even in science, is a matter of perspective: what counts for one person as noise that should be removed might well count as a signal to be studied for another. The parallels to art are obvious, where the distinction between, for example, noise and music, is subjective, and a matter of interpretation.”
  • The event series is supported by the TechnÄ“ Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.
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