The British Science Association and art collective Shrinking Space presented an evening exploring the science of night through art.
Set in a tropical paradise, audiences will follow a narrow path under a glass pyramid and the night sky encountering; soundscapes, sculptures, light installations and an immersive digital experience.
In The Eyes of the Animal
Marshmallow Laser Feast
In The Eyes of the Animals is a 360 experience, which allows audience members to see the forest through the eyes of three different species throughout their individual life cycles. This version is made for google cardboard and supported by The Space which helps great art projects reach new audiences. The original installation of the work – complete with sculptural virtual reality headsets – can still be experienced in natural environments on its current UK and international tour.
In the Eyes of the Animal is originally commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Untitled (Louise Beer) Homo Bulla (Melanie King) Black Hole (Rebecca Huxley)
Lumen- Louise Beer, Melanie King, Rebecca Huxley
Lumen are an art and astronomy collective who use practice and research, exhibitions, seminars and residencies to raise a dialogue on how humanity understands its existence. The practices of the three artists are focused on exploring how the invisible in space can manifest itself on Earth and the works shown at Plantasia explore the representation of black holes, voids and the so far unexplainable.
A tintinnabulation of cosmic scintillation
Suzie Shrubb with Kirstie Howell
Out in the darkness of space a chorus of pulsars sing their radio wave song into the cosmos. The music of this piece corresponds to signals produced by pulsars in the 47 Tucanae cluster that travel unimaginably vast distances and are given voice on Earth.
Thommie Gillow, Rebecca Hurwitz & Liz Lister
Of over 150 craters on the moon named after real people, just 28 are named after women. Moonbrella explores the stories of some of these women through the craters that bear their names.
“More than 3 million people in the UK work night shifts but research points to negative health risks.” The Guardian
Night Shifts is a multi-layered performance influenced by the work of Allan Kaprow and Augusto Boal, investigating the value and effects of a night shift on workers through invisible theatre.
Professor Mark Blagrove, Swansea University and Dr Julia Lockheart, Goldsmiths, University of London
Audiences will be able to discuss a recent dream they have had with Professor Blagrove and follow the technique that is used to match parts of the dream with the dreamer’s recent waking life events. Julia Lockheart, an artist based at Goldsmiths, University of London, will create a real time illustration that will capture the dream story. The dreamer can take the illustration away with them!’
Dr Thomas Davies, Exeter University
Learn about the impact of artificial lighting on plants and invertebrates with Dr Thomas Davies. Dr Thomas Davies is a conservation ecologist researching the impacts of nighttime lighting on plants and animals on the land and in the sea. He has been working on the European Research Council funded ECOLIGHT project at the University of Exeter for five years.