Common Frequencies Opening May 1st @ BioBAT Art Space

Dates or Deadline: 
1 May 2021 to 16 October 2021
Organized by: 
BioBat Art Space
New York
United States

BioBAT Art Space is pleased to present Common Frequencies / Frecuencias Comunes an exhibition of multidisciplinary Mexican artists whose work focus on active listening and invention to envision new collaborative systems. Artists in the exhibition include Marcela Armas, Tania Candiani, Gilberto

Esparza, Interspecifics and Lorena Mal. Their work explores the intersection of art, science, and collaboration through sound, ecology, language, and the construction of symbolic imageries. The works in Common Frequencies /Frecuencias Comunes include sound, video, performance and installation. They draw inspiration from nature, resonance, mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. These phenomena are the basis for the artists’ poetic inventions that allow us to tune into multiple natural frequencies—ones that emerge from minerals, animals, bacteria, plants, and humans. The artists translate these phenomena into visual and sonic landscapes.

This exhibition is uniquely situated on the Brooklyn waterfront and inside the BioBAT Biotech Incubator space at Brooklyn Army Terminal. Exhibition programming responds directly to the gallery’s location on the waterfront to explore inter-species connectivity. Similarly, this exhibition aims to be a space for connection, dialogue, and possibilities. In this spirit, this six-month bi-lingual exhibition will include a series of musical performances, art-sci workshops and guided visits that are free and open to the general public.

The works in Common Frequencies / Frecuencias Comunes are inspired by processes of collaboration between humans and our environments. Works and performative interventions include:

Synchrony is an installation and piano score based on the heartbeat of different animal species and includes research in collaboration with Clint Penick, Lauren Nichols and Rob Dunn (Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University), that will be performed on June 5th with the collaboration of 4 New York based piano players, Madeline Smith, Ian Miller, Daniel Rudin, and Lauren Aloia, at BioBAT Art Space, including compositions in collaboration with Emilio Hinojosa Carrión and transcriptions by Vladimir Aranda.

BioSoNot is an instrument that cleans and translates data from polluted water into sound. It will be accompanied by a short documentary film produced and directed by Ryan Spears, with the participation of Elizabeth Hénaff, Genspace and The Billion Oyster Project, among others.


Tsinamekuta is a sound exploration of the magnetic properties of a mineral. It was created in conversation and collaboration with the Wixarika community from the Potosino Highlands in México.

This audio visual piece and performance explores the poetic relations that emerge from mimicking the sounds that are alien to humans. It was created with a choir in Gransk, Poland. Candiani is currently working on a new piece made in collaboration with the Grace Chorale Brooklyn directed by Jason Asbury, and composed by Rogelio Sosa, to be presented in September 2021.

Almost Non-Human is a collaborative piece between the collective and 6 students (Tendo Kahari, Pau Anta, Amia Madonald, Leslie Calle, Patricia Rea, Elizabeth Meiling Sid) stemming from a workshop in which participants developed a first-person narration using techniques from science fiction and futurism coined by Cyberpunk, about fictitious organisms that are living their last day before the extinction of their species. In the midst of a time that seems to be more and more divided, these artists prove that union and connectivity are more present than ever to show that we are not an independent species, but rather dependent and inter-connected with every single being on the planet. 

This exhibition is curated by Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen, a Brooklyn-based curator and arts administrator who has worked as a culture specialist for the UNESCO Field Office in Mexico and curated exhibitions with The Ministry of Culture in Mexico among other positions. She is currently the Programs Manager & Curator at The NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY.

BioBAT Art Space, is a 15,000 sqft gallery located on the Brooklyn waterfront of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, located at 140 58th Street, Brooklyn Army Terminal Building A. The space is directed by artists’ Jeannine Bardo and Elena Soterakis, who launched BioBAT Art Space in the donated lobby of BioBAT, a (501c3) biotech incubator created by SUNY downstate and the EDC, in January 2019. With both their art and curatorial practices Bardo and Soterakis explore the themes connected to the environment and ecology, and hold a firm belief that the intersection of art and science hold the keys to solving the problems of tomorrow.

May 01 – October 16, 2021

BioBAT Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Opening Reception: May 1st, 2021, 5 – 7 pm.

SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN – Common Frequencies / Frecuencias Comunes, May 1 - October 16, 2021 at BioBAT Art Space.