The 2011 World Science Festival took place on June 1-June 5 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates.
World Science Festival presents the US debut of the exhibition BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body from Science Gallery Dublin.
Why does a minor chord sound sad? Is there a formula for the perfect hit? Whistling, dancing, finger-snapping, and toe-tapping—what makes us do it? Find out when music and science join forces in an interactive bazaar of beats, sounds, and rhythm in this new exhibition called BIORHYTHM. Learn what drives sound manipulation and discover how different types of music evoke different emotions. Trace the power of an impactful pop hook in a song, measuring the way our brains and bodies react, down to the responses in our fingertips.
Join us from 6–9 pm as we kick-off our three-day engagement with BIORHYTHM. Festivities include one-on-one interactions with select artists and installations, as well as a live interactive performance featuring NYC beat boxer Chesney Snow and the Stone Forest Ensemble. During the performance, members of SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre) Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, will guide the audience through a sound experiment using physical energy generated by audience interactions and touch.
Note: The gallery will be open 12 noon to 6 pm before the opening. BIORHYTHM at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center is made possible through the generous support of Imagine Ireland, an initiative of Culture Ireland, and the Cordover Family Foundation. BIORHYTHM is created by Science Gallery and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk award-winning actor and performer from New York City, and has emerged a highly respected beatbox artist over the last decade. In fact he is literally a Beat Machine as his beatboxing sounds have been used for a groundbreaking new musical instrument called the Beat Thang. Known mostly for his collaborations with artists like Polish multiplatinum selling recording artist Kayah, Hip Hop legend KRS One, Canadian Femcee Eternia, Kate Havnevik, and as a member of Beat Kangz. He recently starred Off-Broadway in the hit musical “In Transit” at Primary Stages (59E59) which was nominated for numerous theater awards including the Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Drama Desk awards. The production is scheduled to be remounted this fall. He also worked with Catharsis NYC to develop a Beatboxing music program for the Lavelle School for the Blind. He is currently faculty at the Urban Assembly School for Music and Art where he teaches theater arts.
The Theremin Inspectors is a mixed-reality visualization experience that enables people to actually see the electromagnetic fields that they interact with every day. Using a theremin—an electronic instrument you play by moving your hands through open space rather than touching controls—the exhibit highlights how the human body can interact with electromagnetic energy to make music. The key feature of the exhibit is a “mixed-reality” video system that shows the performer live in real time, with a data visualization effect that shows an imaginative rendering of the cloud of electromagnetic energy around the instrument.
Sonic Bed is an instrument you play by lying and moving around in it. It is the central pin in “music for bodies” research and was awarded a Distinction in Digital Musics at Prix Ars Electronica. It is a sonic and social experiment exploring our perception of sound. Subtle, dynamic, at times beyond hearing, Sonic Bed plays music to feel rather than just listen to. This interface enables the maker to literally draw and record sounds through the 12-channel sound system hidden under the mattress and side panels while lying in it. The bed explores our very personal relationship with music. Imagine a tank full of sound—slip inside for a sonic dip.
This shell-like shape encapsulates you within an immersive audiovisual structure. While resonating in surround and tactile sound and delivering specially composed visuals to your eyes, low frequencies are fed through the floor converting sound into vibrations through your body. This installation by the Italian multimedia artist known as TeZ is not for the faint-hearted.
The Stone Forest Ensemble is an avant-garde hip-hop ensemble whose core consists of strings, beatbox, and hand drumming, with the occasional inclusion of traditional Asian instruments. The group or fragment members of the group have performed across the United States, as well as in France, Germany, China, Russia, and Canada. Members of SFE recently represented American culture with a performance at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai for the USA Pavilion. The group is also currently producing a series of videos for a project with National Geographic Music.