I have two bits of news from the Curiosity Collider folks. One event is part of their regular Collider Cafe series and the other is a special event.
Collider Cafe: Art. Science. Chronicles.
From the Curiosity Collider May 16, 2018 event page,
Date(s) – 16/05/2018
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Café Deux Soleils
#ColliderCafe is a space for artists, scientists, makers, and anyone interested in art+science. Meet. Discover. Connect. Create.
Are you curious? Join us at “Collider Cafe: Art. Science. Chronicles.” to explore how art and science intersect in the exploration of curiosity.
- Armin Mortazavi (science cartoonist): Scientooning Adventures
- Cheryl Hamilton (conceptual artist): Image Analysis – inspirations from cancer research
- Kayla Glynn (science communicator and researcher): True, Personal Stories About Science
- Marlene Swidzinski (comedian, humorist, and technical writer/editor): Travelling at the Speed of Oy / That Joke Would Kill at a Physics Convention
- Rachel Rozanski (artist): In Between Tides
The event starts promptly at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). $5.00-10.00 (sliding scale) cover at the door. Proceeds will be used to cover the cost of running this event, and to fund future Curiosity Collider events. Curiosity Collider is a registered BC non-profit organization.
Visit our Facebook page to let us know you are coming, and see event updates and speaker profiles.
This upcoming exhibit was first mentioned here in a March 27, 2018 posting in the context of a call for submissions. I’m glad to see they have moved onto the exhibit phase, from the Curiosity Collider ‘Interstitial’ event page,
Date(s) – 08/06/2018 – 22/06/2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Interstitial: Science Innovations by Canadian Women is an exhibition with events in June 2018, showcasing 2D work by female artists featuring women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, or STEAM when Arts is included). Our approach intends to challenge the public as to how they think of women in STEM. What does it take for a woman to be “in” with the science community?
The importance of storytelling, and using art in the dissemination of scientific information, has grown in the past few years. The Sci/Art and STEAM movements have rapidly gained momentum. Creative outlets are critical to sharing science and stories of science, and to connecting with people on an personal level. We are establishing new connections in the community, and presenting women in STEM through a different experience.
This exhibition and associated events are created by women, feature women, and highlight the achievements of women in STEM. We seek to encourage girls and young women to see themselves as eligible for the opportunities available in STEAM industries, to connect with them beyond what is written in the books or taught in school. We present women as capable participants within the STEAM community. It is important that as women, we tell our own stories, support, and celebrate each other.
This event is curated by Larissa Blokhuis, Exhibitions Director, Curiosity Collider.
Opening Night: June 8, 2018 from 7pm till late
Art+Science Workshops on June 9 / 16. More information to come.
Cheryl Hamilton (oil paint on wood panel)
Cheryl Hamilton is a conceptual artist with a penchant for visual ingenuity. A stickler for perfection, Cheryl imbues her design work with a kineticism inspired by her education as an animator at Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute. Her recent training in the techniques of glass blowing at Alberta’s Red Deer College and Pilchuck Glass School coupled with her metal-working expertise now enable her to animate light and colour within her monumental steel structures. Cheryl also draws and paints and exhibits internationally. Her goal as an artist is to render an accessible beauty that withstands the test of time.
Ele Willoughby (linocut prints (water based inks) on Japanese paper)
Artist Ele Willoughby is a modern Renaissance woman. After pursuing her doctorate in physics, she built her portfolio while working as an ocean-going marine geophysicist by day and printmaker by night. Her hand-pulled block prints reflect her love of science and the natural world with a hint of humour and whimsy. Many of her works focus on the history of science and scientists. She also makes interactive multimedia work, incorporating colour-changing or electrically conductive inks and electronics, which straddle the art/science divide. She lives and works in Toronto with her husband, and young son.
Paige Blumer (digital painting with photoshop printed on canvas)
Paige was born in Montreal Quebec where she had a competing passion for art and science. She chose to pursue science and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Upon graduation, she decided to follow her yearning to pursue art, speciﬁcally cartoons, and applied to the Art Fundamentals program at Sheridan College in Ontario. It was there that she developed a love for illustration. A professor told her that there were ﬁve specialized graduate programs in North America where she could combine her art skills with her passion for health and the human body. It took three years for her to polish her portfolio and ﬁnally get accepted into the Biomedical Visualization program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In Chicago, she learned how to visually represent health and scientiﬁc concepts through traditional, digital, and technical media. She get to use these skills everyday at the University of British Columbia where she is a Biomedical Visualization Specialist in the Faculty of Medicine. She loves telling the stories of the human body at a physiological level and this aﬃnity is inspiring me to write a graphic novel about the life of two red blood cells.
There you have it.