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Curiocity Brisbane | Brisbane | 12 March
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until 28 March, 2021
Let your imagination roam free! Curiocity Brisbane is a 17-day celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. From 12 to 28 March 2021, explore a packed program of interactive installations and events including World Science Festival Brisbane. Watch as the city around you is transformed into a world of discovery.
Curious visitors of all ages can explore, create and play with the physical and digital Curiocities, including 28 never-before-seen installations created by artists and makers from across the state and around the globe.
Walk a 6.8km circuit through City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and the Brisbane CBD and explore interactive digital and physical installations along the way.
A series of FREE thought-provoking discussions with creators, makers, scientists and engineers will be hosted by Master of Curious Conversations Benjamin Law.
A taste of the installations
Colour Me Beautiful | Created by Tine Bech Studio, UK
Featuring five colourful runways leading to a vivid portrait landscape on a large LED screen, COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL invites you to play and interact. The interactive installation captures images of audience members on each of the five runways; live posting them onto a large screen – colouring you beautiful.
Vortibles | Created by Victoria Lees, Rodney Berry & Paul Hill, Townsville
Feel a sense of wonder and magic when you walk under this enchanting, suspended 3D world of crocheted vortex nets up to six metres high and more than three metres wide. This intriguing web of discovery is made from white acrylic wool that lights up at night to create intriguing shadows and shapes. Sound is generated from subtle vibration and movement of the structure, all processed by computer and amplified.
Maiwar AR | Created by Bilbie Labs, Brisbane
MAIWAR AR is a virtual heritage and animated cultural tour of first contact Brisbane. Be immersed, via your smartphone or WiFi-enabled tablet, within the authentic historical past and be transported back through time to a historical Brisbane (Maiwar) only one day prior to European Settlement. As you casually walk through the precincts within Curiocity Brisbane, using Maiwar AR you’ll trigger virtual geospatial scenes that will give you a deeper understanding of the connection of First Nations people to specific areas within the landscape of the four Curiocity Brisbane precincts and you’ll learn about places where they lived, worked and played.
The Residents | Created by Craig Walsh, NSW
Working alongside Queensland Museum’s palaeontology staff, celebrated visual artist Craig Walsh has created high-definition projections of prehistoric creatures known to have inhabited the Brisbane River (Maiwar) millions of years ago! By day, the strange river residents can be seen through the underwater surveillance cameras on the Goodwill Bridge, or you can catch them playing in the water as they come closer to the surface at night. We bet the kids will find this super fun!
The Party Button | Created by Stephanie Piper & Joseph Burgess, Toowoomba
Party with the THE PARTY BUTTON, an interactive artwork inspired by crosswalk traffic lights and a traffic light button. When the button is pressed, the standard crosswalk ‘slow beep/fast beep’ combo is played, transitioning into one of 20 party tracks. The lights switch on, showing the traffic light characters dancing in a rainbow of LED colours. Two Party Buttons will be on display at either end of the Goodwill Bridge. Get your family together and coordinate pressing the button at the same time for a special surprise! For Bluey fans, this sounds a bit like ‘dance mode’.
Enchanted Tropics | Created by EyeJack & Helena Papageorgiou, Brisbane
ENCHANTED TROPICS is an Augmented Reality installation inspired by Queensland’s own flora and fauna. Simply point your smart device at large cut out trees and watch them come to life with animated bugs, animals, blossoming flowers and falling leaves. Each animation will be accompanied by a magical soundscape. Think Fantasia by the Brisbane River, but instead of Mickey Mouse, a cheeky gecko will be orchestrating the fun!
Now You See Me | Created by Anagram, UK
Have you ever wondered about what you can’t see with your eyes? NOW YOU SEE ME is a giant pair of binoculars offering an alternative perspective on the world in front of you. These are no ordinary binoculars – when you peer through the giant lenses, the world looks beautifully distorted. Rainbows spiral, faces are replicated and molecular textures pulse. Persuade your family to dance and play in front of the lenses to see their bodies morph and mutate in unexpected ways. The more movement that happens in front of the lenses, the wilder the visuals.
Floating Nature | Created by Skunk Control, Victoria
An overhead floating landscape of Queensland Northern Banksias (also called Jingana), creates an ever-changing and vivid colour landscape. Colours alter throughout the day. Light interacts with the Banksia leaves as they reflect, diffract and transmit light, day and night. The leaves are arranged as in nature so as to maximise their contact with sunlight. The altering vivid colour shadows produced will paint you and the surrounding landscape.
Platonic Volumes & Cosmologies | Created by Bits to Atoms, Lebanon
PLATONIC VOLUMES AND COSMOLOGIES is a large-scale lattice structure of inscribed platonic volumes illustrating a tipping point in scientific thinking derived from Kepler’s theories on cosmology. The pavilion is entirely parametric and 3D-printed from recycled plastic. It reinforces the seamless link between design, structural analysis and fabrication technologies. They look really cool!