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November updates!

Techne Director Franck Bauchard, Finnegans Waves November 1, 2017

As the semester winds down, we are busy here at the Techne Institute!  We are happy to have completed our major performative event, Finnegans Waves, and are on the heels of our next event.  

We would like to extend our thanks to the numerous volunteer readers, our guest presenters, our reading managers, the students of the Arts Management Program, the Art and Science Cabaret, and most importantly, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. This incredible event would have never been possible without your support, hard work, and generosity.

On November 10, 2017 at 3 pm at the Center for the Arts Screening Room, we are proud to present Techne's final project of the semester, Live Cinema. It is a live broadcast of  the performance of Mariage-K,  from France, in real time!  We invite you to experience this exceptional project which will be distributed not just in Buffalo, but in numerous theaters and cinemas across Europe. We hope to see you there!  

Wait, there is more!  The Techne Institute is curating an American-Belgium event in Mons with La Frabrique de Theatre November 16-18, 2017.  This multi day event is dedicated to "the theater of the anthropocene" which will lead to a new iteration of the program in Buffalo in 2018/2019. This event will mix scholars and artists coming from Belgium, Germany, France and Canada. It will combine talks and involve collective experimentation. We are living in the era of the anthropocene, a new geological era where human ecological impact is shaping the planet. According to Ursula Heise, the anthropocene « opens the possibility to reimagine the future, not as a return if the past, but as nature reshaped by the humans ». The collective experimentation will imagine what a weather forecast in the 2020s, 2030s and 2040s could be like. It’s an invitation to a speculative theater using future as a medium to foster imaginative thoughts.  

Upcoming on campus event: Coalesce

Scanning electron micrograph showing binding of the human respiratory tract pathogen, Moraxella catarrhalis, to cilia in primary human respiratory epithelial cells.  Image: Peter Bush, Charmaine Kirkham, Tim Murphy.  University at Buffalo.

We to encourage those who enjoy Techne events to check out another great program from an on campus group!!  Paul Vanouse, Director of the Coalesce Center for Biological Arts, and his colleagues have organized the Microbial Aesthetic Symposium, which will be held Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17, 2017. Programming spans locations on North Campus and at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in downtown Buffalo. Join practitioners from across the arts, humanities and sciences for a two-day symposium to propose and discuss methods and aesthetics of engagement with microbial life from multidisciplinary perspectives to afford new vantages for inquiry. Please to rsvp to but please note, this event is free and open to the public!    

What does Techne do?

Technē supports both new and existing collaborations through faculty grants, external support, and competitive funding opportunities. Technē creates contexts of experimentation, mixing arts, science, and technology, showcasing multifaceted products that act as mediators of knowledge. Technē strives to circulate findings internationally as we continuously partake in cultural exchanges. Strategies for co-producing events with similar organizations throughout the US, Canada, and Europe facilitate and advance this practice. As Technē operates on a global scale, we remain grounded through our University campus and its ability to engage students and the general public. Conversational frameworks between disciplines are constructed to develop relational research. The Technē Institute works with a number of University departments, including but not limited to English, Theatre & Dance, Art, Arts Management, Political Science, and Media Studies.


Our summer program for school age children was a great success!  We are already planning for 2018!

International Participation

We are excited to develop collaborative relationships with a variety of arts and science organizations throughout the world.


Techne has a growing history of sponsoring and producing public programming, including panel discussions, performative events, and exhibitions.

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