After Calgary spent last September jamming with robot bands, listening to tesla coils and singing with astronauts, many of us are curious about what Beakerhead’s next hit will be. The great news is that the University of Calgary is helping to write the tune, lending our expertise, spaces and voices to Calgary’s biggest celebration of science and engineering.
Originally incubated at the university, Beakerhead is a creative festival that advances the understanding of science and engineering as part of everyday life — through art and culture installations, talks and performances throughout Calgary. Now in its second year, Beakerhead has built on its inaugural run, creating an even wider array of exciting events both on the university’s campuses and featuring our students and faculty around the city. The university is a “Makers of Community”-level sponsor of Beakerhead through our community engagement program.
Events on campus
A new adaptation of sci-fi giant Ray Bradbury’s short story Tomorrow’s Child as a one-of-kind audio-only theatre experience delivered to a blindfolded audience. Presented in partnership with the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and Theatre Lab Performance Institute.
Sept. 9-13, 8-9:15 p.m., University of Calgary Theatre Lobby, Craigie Hall
If a one-way trip to Mars seems like such a bleak idea, why are so many people keen to sign up? Pack your lunch and join this lively exploration with people who are willing to — literally — go where no one has gone before.
Sept. 10, 12-1:30 p.m., University of Calgary Downtown Campus Event Centre
A demonstration of flying robotic jellyfish and other Bionic Learning Network creations from the masterful German automation company, Festo — sponsored by the Schulich School of Engineering. Stay tuned for a special UToday article later this week focusing on the special relationship between Schulich and Beakerhead!
Sept. 11, 1-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3 p.m., Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Events featuring university faculty and students
Art meets engineering in this playful space where everyone can learn from creative problem-solvers at Beakerhead’s flagship installation. Featuring architecture professor Jason Johnson’s Myrtle, a special meditation hut created by students.
Sept. 10-14, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Olympic Way and 12th Ave. S.E.
Street experiments, big-time science busking and a cacophony of performers await, featuring science busker (and physics professor) Clifton Cunningham, and researchers from the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association and International Genetic Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) Team such as Sean Booth and Iain George — who will teach you how to paint with special fluorescent bacteria.
Sept. 10-12, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Stephen Avenue Walk
The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory launched the Dark Night, Star Light project in 2014, challenging photographers to expose the light pollution in Calgary and region. See the haunting and beautiful work by local photographers in this special exhibition.
Sept. 10-14, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Studio C Gallery, 502-237 8th Ave. S.E.
A three-speaker, six-minute lecture series featuring Skin Deep: Exploring the Hard Science Behind Beauty and Cosmetics, with Belinda Heyne, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.
Sept. 11, 12-1 p.m., 300 Block, Stephen Avenue Walk
Ask associate professor Doug Hamilton, former NASA flight surgeon, to separate the science from the fiction in the blockbuster movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and take part in a lively post-screening conversation on the effects of gravity on the body.
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Globe Cinema
Jay Ingram and his band, the Free Radicals, will take you on a modern day “fantastic voyage.” This 90-minute performance takes a live audience on a musically-driven, larger-than-life virtual tour of the human brain. This original event has been developed with support from Dr. Christian Jacob and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.
Sept. 12-13, 7:30-9 p.m., TELUS Spark Dome Theatre
Be part of the premiere of the finished film that was shot on the opening day of Beakerhead by arts professor Rob Furr. Find out how the eye and mind respond to the series of images that make stop animations so powerful and amusing.
Sept. 14, 1-3:30 p.m., Quickdraw Animation Society, 201-351 11th Ave. S.W.
How do you make a cup of coffee? University of Calgary engineering alumni Sebastian Sztabzyb and Phil Robertson distill the process and science behind making the perfect cup of coffee and the engineering behind the coffee bean.
Sept. 14, 1-3 p.m., Phil and Sebastian Roasterie, 23-2701 16th St. S.E.
Were you part of a university-related initiative at Beakerhead? Send your photos or social media links to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share your story with readers in an upcoming issue of UToday. Please remember to include caption information, telling us about the event and who is in the photos!