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November 1, 2013

Painting with beetles? Music from whales?

Show uses art to explore the relationship between humans and animals

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“Mark Fischer is an engineer and artist who converts sounds into image,” Winchell said. “He developed a technique that involves taking a sound that the humpback whale is producing, and turns it into a multicolored, visual representation. He will take a half-second of that song and convert it into an image that allows you to see much more closely the frequency of certain patterns that the whale makes.”

This exhibit coincides with the reopening of the art and nature center, and the new space gives Winchell, who is director of the center, more freedom to experiment. She hopes this will allow her to mount exhibits that challenge people’s preconceptions of the natural world.

“I love people to enjoy what they’re doing in the center,” she said. “But it’s what they take away from the experience that is most important to me.”

IF YOU GO

What: “Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations”

When: Through Sept. 7, 2014. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays except for Veterans Day.

Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem

Admission: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and free for youths 16 and under

More information: www.pem.org, 978-745-9500 or 866-745-1876.

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