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Curious? Art and Discovery at The Joan

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Archived 10 Jun 2018 - Posted: 14 Apr 2018
Emily Kaar ‘Invasive Germination’ 2017, Installation Plaster, Various woody weed roots, acrylic paint, Gloss enamel Image courtesy of the artist
Immerse yourself in curiosity - the instinct to question, to think, to explore - as local artists and scientists transform The Joan’s atrium foyer into an energetic, innovative, social space where art and science collide to challenge what we already know, inspiring us to look for answers.

Curious? invites you to investigate the pairing of art and science as you uncover a diverse program of playful interventions, reflective installations and facets of science that arouse the curiosities of both fields and will build a bridge between science and everyday life.

Each month from April to August a scientific theme will be explored through innovative science experiences that are creative, inspiring and entertaining along with an artistic commission. The art installations will be varied through sound, digital projection, animation, photography and sculpture.

Curious? is a free public program and with themes that read like a Sci Fi movie marathon there is bound to be creative exchange for practitioners, scientists and artists, and audience members alike. 

First up is Fragile.  Influenced by the tensions between botanical and artificial, artist Emily Kaar and Penrith City Council Environmental Health and Sustainability Education teams, Andrew Hewson, Jenna Andrews, and Daria Rech will generate awareness of the perilous state of the natural world and the effect of humanity, sustainability, biodiversity and climate change on our local urban environment (16 April – 7 May).  

Emily Kaar’s work, Invasive Germination, will serve as a visual reminder of the havoc caused by weeds, the wrongness of their existence in our native landscape and the enormous amount of resources required to control and manage them.

In May, Code explores the futuristic impacts of DNA technology, evolution and genetic engineering through a collaboration with video media artist Callum Howard and his sonic interpretation of Dr Mark Temple’s (Western Sydney University) research into DNA.

The unbound hostility and fragility of life in space is unpacked in June with Hostile. The team from Western Sydney University’s Penrith Observatory - Dr Ain de Horta and Raelene Sommer - will be on hand to look at the mysteries of deep space as they collaborate with local amateur astronomy groups to gain a tangible sense of cosmic and geologic time, distance and scale. 

Lastly, in July, from the Intensive Care Unit at Nepean Hospital, Gore pairs human anatomy, disease, medical and surgical advances with artist Fiona Davies works involving medicalised death and the almost domesticated rituals in an intensive care ward taking daily samples of blood.

Mark this in your diary and make time to have your curiosity evoked each month at The Joan.


Curious?

Dates:
April to August 2018

Venue:
The Joan’s atrium foyer, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street Penrith

Cost:
Free

This article archived 10 Jun 2018

Emily Kaar ‘Invasive Germination’ 2017, Installation Plaster, Various woody weed roots, acrylic paint, Gloss enamel Image courtesy of the artist
 
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