Billy Shields and Jenna Pantano,from the The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES try out a Da Vinci exhibit during "Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion" exhibit on Tuesday, June 15, 2011 in the Buffalo Museum of Science. Photo by Harry Scull Jr/ The Buffalo News
Back in October of 2009, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the University at Buffalo's College of Arts and Sciences joined forces to produce their first "Science and Art Cabaret." The events, meant to highlight the ongoing conversation between art and science and to foster a new synergy and greater understanding of those overlapping disciplines, have brought together UB faculty with Western New York artists in various unexpected combinations.
And tonight, the Buffalo Museum of Science will host the latest in the series, an event dubbed "The Man Machine." The cabaret, which is free (with a $2 charge for the museum's ongoing da Vinci exhibition), will feature local artists J.T. Rinker and Bill Sack's project "Robots in the Mist: Generating and Organizing Variety in the Arts with Microprocessors and Artificial Neurons." According to a release, the museum's director of science and research, John Grehan, will talk about "the common nature of advancements in science and innovation, using da Vinci as an example of how far-reaching ideas and prolific works of art effect centuries of new discovery and innovation."