Beakerhead makes science cool again
Get ingenious and break stereotypes. Beakerhead is back, and it’s still making science cool. The week of fun and fascinating events starts Sept. 6 and showcases anything and everything from art galleries to surreal experiments.“It’s a time and place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious,” it states on their website.
Prepare for the unexpected. Here is our top five picks for the first week of Beakerhead, based on their starting dates so make sure you more than just pencil these in.
Calgary Mini Maker Fair
This pre-Beakerhead is a must. Running from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept.6 and 7, the clinic features a host of home-grown artists, inventers and engineers giving hands-on demonstrations and one-of-one instructions for the coolest projects around. Deemed Calgary’s biggest show-and-tell, the two day fair is a sure-fire way to kick off your Beakerhead experience.
Start thinking about what you eat… at a molecular level. These restaurant owners, chefs and bartenders do play with their food and they have created some out-of-the-box eats that will have you scratching your head, in a good way of course. These delectable inventions can be found at: Black Pig Bistro, Candela Lounge, Charcut, Cilantro, Milestones, RAW Bar, Ship and Anchor, Taste, VineArts (1310 1st Street SW) Check out these restaurants turned science labs from Sept. 10 until Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Net Blow Up
This exhibit is exactly where art and engineering collide. This giagantic tent structure challenges Calgarians to explore angles and perspectives while directly interating with the sculpture — like jumping into a painting. Created by a three artist group from Vienna, Austria, called Numen/For Use, the world-travelling largest climbable social sculpture will be coming to Calgary from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14 open throughout the day for anyone to explore.
Lasers + Cats = Pew! Pew! Pew!
The math is simple. This gigantic 16-foot tall engineered cat structure, created by Art Directors Club in the U.S. and Hungry Castle in Barcelona will be on 17th Ave downtown. Feed the cat your art submissions and it will project them from its laser eyes, anything thing from photography, paintings, ceramic sculptures, drawings and any cat memorabilia. This oversized kitty will be locked and loaded from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12. One thing is for sure, Laser Kitty = Awesome!
The Science of Steampunk Sound
Get in on the “Victorian Science Fiction” style of sound with workshops on creating your own instruments out of anything. This Steampunk Parade will be marching down Stephen Ave and anyone is welcome to join and can either use provided junk or bring their own. With the help from local folk band HazelGrey, people of all ages can become a steampunk rocker for a day with all the brass and cogs. The workshop takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 with the parade starting at 5 p.m.
Any of these titles peak your interest? For more information about each event, please check the event listing at Beakerhead.org.