April 8, 2013
The foyer of the Barbican will spring to life this spring with the Wonder Street Fair, featuring over 20 free drop-in activities, interactions and demonstrations that are sure to stimulate, inspire and amuse your little grey cells. From cave painting to motion sensors, eye-trackers to body illusions, come and knit a neuron, test your reactions, and pit your wits against brain scientists.
We will be on hand with an audio installation that will attempt to answer a very strange question…
What does the brain sound like? Join us and our giant brain as we take you through a range of recordings – from firing neurons to hissing hair cells and singing cortices – and discover how much we can learn about the brain just by listening to it. You can download the full tour here!
Saturday April 7th 12.00pm – 18:00
Monday April 8th 12:00pm – 19:30
Tuesday April 9th 12:00pm – 19:30
February 27, 2013
We are delighted to be part of Brain Waves, an upcoming Weekender at The Barbican, where art and neuroscience will put their heads together this March for an array of creative events that are sure to blow your mind.
Join us as we bring three interactive events exploring the nature of the most complex object in the universe…
What does the brain sound like? Join us and our giant brain as we take you through a range of recordings – from firing neurons to hissing hair cells and singing cortices – and discover how much we can learn about the brain just by listening to it. You can download the track and learn more about how it was made here.
Jelly Brain Dissection
Come dissect, discuss and digest the most complex thing in the known universe: jelly, set in the shape of your marvellous cortex. Explore the evolutionary history of the brain as we serve up a range of delectable panna cotta models from across the animal kingdom.
You are your memories. Come explore and share them with memory experts, and leave a piece of you behind in our branching collection of test tube thoughts, designed by artist Evy Jokhova. Or join Grand Master of Memory Ed Cooke to learn how to remember everything you never thought you could.
June 6, 2012
Catch us the weekend of June 8-10 at the British Biscuit Festival!
We’ll be there every day from noon to 6pm with a slew of treats…
What makes a biscuit a biscuit? Help us build the family tree of biscuits in a classification exercise with a twist.
Discover the multi-sensory nature of taste and how sounds can restore the sensation of crunchiness.
Great Dunking Competition
We’ll explore what makes the cookies crumble and see which biscuits are best for dunking in a stopwatch timed race.
The stuff of cozy kitchens? Hardly. Biscuits have played a key role in sustaining great scientific expeditions, from Antarctica to Everest!
May 16, 2012
This summer we are collaborating with tech artists MzTEK to create the world’s first Hacked Human Orchestra! Together we are transforming rags to riches, blending soft fabric electronics with creative technologists to produce a mobile electronic human orchestra, an idea first conceived with Studio XO, a fashion and technology brand based in London who focus on interactive digital fashion for leading musical artists.
MzTEK is a nonprofit collective with the aim of encouraging women artists to pick up technical skills in the fields of new media, computer arts, and technology. Together we will be hosting a workshop for women to come and learn how to create a musical instrument in a wearable technology workshop with guest electronic engineers.
When: Saturday 30th June 10am – 5pm
Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street
This is a women only workshop
Tickets are £8 (+ £1 booking fee)
Register here: https://mztek.eventwax.com/
In the second act, later this summer at Wilderness and Shambala we will hack these instruments into outfits, stitching synths into shirts, turning trousers into trumpets and redesigning dresses into drums. For the final act, we will assemble en masse for an impromptu orchestral performance unlike any other, led by composer Florian Lunaire who will score our singular soundtrack as we wind our way throughout the festival.
This event is generously sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
To book your place, sign up on Eventwax.