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BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body — Opening Reception

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Friday, June 3, 2011
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Eyebeam Art + Technology Center

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.

More about BIORHYTHM

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

    Actor, Beatboxer, Educator, Producer 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. More »
  • The Theremin Inspectors

    Sean McDonald & Alex Hornbake 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. More »
  • Sonic Bed

    Kaffe Matthews 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. More »
  • Optofonica Capsule

    Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ ) 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. More »
  • Stone Forest Ensemble

    Classical/World Music/Hip-Hop fusion 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. More »