Date: Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March
Venue: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands
100 Ways to Listen is a featured part of the Street Science program presented by Griffith University. The programs revolves around the theme of Science-on-the-GO! which features hands-on science exhibits, experiments, demonstrations, and games showcasing STEM-tastic activities. Griffith University will showcase the most incredible, cutting-edge ideas in science. The free 100 Ways to Listen program is hosted inside the Queensland Conservatorium exploring the art and science of sound with events including the Sonic Playground and 84 Pianos. The 100 Ways to Listen experiences stretch throughout South Bank with Augmented Reality Sound Walks that allow you to listen beneath the surface of global waterways and use GPS points along the Brisbane River to trigger audio based on location and movement.
The South Bank Parklands will turn into a science playground with dozens of FREE immersive events for families to enjoy. Come along and participate in hands-on activities and explore the science behind robots, fossils, bubbles, slime, spiders, solar energy, drones, augmented reality, experiments and even explosions!
Festival Lab will also host free live experiments and interactive demonstrations during Street Science! Sessions are free with limited capacity tickets allocated on event days. View the free activities on offer at the Festival Lab here. Also at the Showcasing Science Stage, catch more free quick fire demonstrations. See the full list of shows here.
And don’t forget to visit Queensland Museum for more fun and FREE Street Science activities.
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The Queensland Conservatorium will play host to a series of weird and wonderful sonic experiments as part of the World Science Festival this month.
The series of free events are part of an exciting program called 100 Ways to Listen, which explores the crossroads where music meets science and celebrates the innovative music-making of the Conservatorium’s all-star faculty and students.
The science of sound will be unpacked through performances, installations and sound walks. From a new composition played on 84 pianos across the Conservatorium simultaneously, to music inspired by quantum physics and a large scale interactive music technology installation, there is something for science nerds and music buffs alike.
These sonic experiments will culminate in a publication launched in July to coincide with World Listening Day.
Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson and Dr Erik Griswold have teamed up to create a ‘choose-your-own musical adventure’, debuting a new piece that will be played by 84 pianists across the Conservatorium at the same time.
They will also perform Time Crystals, a composition inspired by the work of Nobel-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, who proposed the idea of perpetually moving, multi-dimensional structures. The piece transforms the principles of hard science into sound structures, performed on a prepared piano and a variety of percussion instruments.
“Much like scientists, we propose these experiments and try and find out what happens when we realise them,” Associate Professor Tomlinson said.
“The concept of a time crystal into sound is one experiment.
“Another experiment is what happens when we sound 84 pianos in the Conservatorium simultaneously.
“We are sonic investigators.”
Dr. John Ferguson has created a large scale music technology installation, Sonic Playground, which will take over the Queensland Conservatorium foyer during the World Science Festival.
“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.
“We’re using technology to ask questions about art and music, and what other forms of listening are there.”
Dr. Leah Barclay is running a series of interactive augmented reality sound walks across South Bank, as part of Sonic Environments, which allows people to listen to interactive soundscapes triggered by GPS.
“These interactive experiences are a balance between art and science, and they are designed to inspire people to listen at a time when it’s particularly important to listen to the environment,” she said.
From tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges to acknowledging the unsung women in science and getting kids to become eco-warriors, Griffith University is sharing its expertise across all areas at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane.
Held from March 22-26, the festival brings together great minds from around the world in an annual week-long celebration and exploration of science.
Griffith is featured in several events in this year’s exciting program and will showcase its reputation for water knowledge on a global scale.
Professors Stuart Bunn and Poh-Ling Tan will start the festival with the insightful ‘Water: It’s not a Privilege‘ discussion which coincides with World Water Day on March 22.
Professor Bunn, director of the Australian Rivers Institute, says it is important to acknowledge water is a basic human right, while not destroying biodiversity in the process.
“It’s about how we do a better job, and we’ve got this double challenge of addressing sustainable development goals for water and meeting those basic human needs but at the same time not destroying the services which we depend on,” he says.
Griffith is also hosting a two-day workshop as experts discuss the need and vision for global water assessment, as well featuring in the ‘Water Talks ‘ conversation series.
To celebrate World Water Day, the festival will deliver a daily dose of water wisdom in a series that examine some inspirational successes as well as the current impediments to the United Nation’s Global Sustainability Goal #6 for clean, accessible and sustainably managed water for all by 2030.
The Queensland Conservatorium will host 100 Ways to Listen, a series of free events from March 24-26 that explore the art and science of sound, documenting a decade of innovative music making.
The project includes performances, installations, sound walks, interviews and essays from national and international artists and scientists. These sonic experiments will culminate in a publication launching on World Listening Day 2017.
Associate Professor Fred Leusch will get serious in ‘Water Talks: The inconvenient truth of bottled water‘ but also have some fun with students when they become an ‘Ecotoxicolgist Apprentice’ on March 24.
With a child dying from a water-related disease every 90 seconds, Associate Professor Anne Reiko will join a panel to discuss what governments and corporations are doing locally and abroad to provide safe sanitation systems to every person on earth in another of the Water Talks titled ‘Dirt on water and disease‘.
Delving into the solution side of water as part of the series, Dr Fernanda Adame will look at how ‘green engineering’ could influence modern water management and whether the concept of ‘used’ water is too difficult to swallow. Discounts are available for guests who want to attend the entire Water Talks series.
Professor Rod Connolly will feature on a panel of environmental experts examining how human ingenuity and innovation holds the key to preventing further damage in ‘Ocean Action: can science save this precious environment?‘.
Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Schools program is another highlight, and on March 25, Brisbane River Resilience and Sustainability: Past, Present and Future will see participants will cruise down the Brisbane River on a chartered CityCat while exploring the history and future of Brisbane waterways.
Main stage presenters in the program include Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery’s director Jenny Martin who will share her insights into the role women play in science and Dr David Tuffley who will tackle the world of robots and how they fit in ours in Frankenstein Anxiety: Robotics and the replacement of ourselves.
Griffith’s Science on the Go! team will also bring its ever exciting, dynamic and engaging demonstrations to Street Science held across the weekend of the festival.
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To view the full program and book tickets, visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/.
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Original post on the World Science Festival Brisbane website.
Held annually in New York since 2008, the World Science Festival celebrates the intersection between science and the arts through debate, theatre, interactive experiments and explorations, musical performances, bespoke events and major outdoor experiences.
The Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific, reinforcing Australia’s position as a knowledge economy and igniting new and challenging discussions in and about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane was held in 2016. It included a flagship event in Brisbane (9-13 March) and regional events in Chinchilla (12-13 February) and Townsville (19-20 February).
The World Science Festival Brisbane will return in 2017 with a flagship event in Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017 and regional events in Gladstone (3-4 March), Toowoomba (17 March), Townsville (26-27 March) and Chinchilla (31 March -1 April).