October 30, 2018

If you didn’t manage to make it to Perform your Science in Adelaide during National Science Week 2018, never fear! You can now view videos of the wonderful performances and learn about science in a whole new way.

Perform your Science featured early-career researchers and PhD students who joined forces with a range of artists to develop a series of live performances. From the life-cycle of a parasitic, caterpillar-munching wasp, to an emotional exploration of how  humans deal with ageing and frailty, Perform your Science brought to life ground-breaking, scientific research in exciting and innovative ways.

The performances were judged by a panel of esteemed artists and science communicators. The audience also  voted for the People’s Choice Award.

Untangling Frailty featured Dr. Mandy Archibald, Postdoctoral researcher at Flinders University;
Samuel Matthewman, Alex Charman, and Cameron James as artistic collaborators; Frazer Dempsey, audio-visual designer; and Petra Szabo as co-director. Through the eyes of a young man living in a productivity and consumer-driven world, this performance untangled the complexities of how we age. Untangling Frailty was awarded first place by the judging panel.

Not Just a Pretty Picture featured Bridgette Minuzzo, PhD candidate at the University of South Australia along with Louis Potter, Owen Hemmings-Kavanagh and May Higgins from the Woodville High Drama Ensemble. This performance combined music and mime to explore how we engage with art, providing insights into workplace stress, fatigue and focus. Not Just a Pretty Picture was awarded second place by the judging panel.

A Mother’s Love: the brutal force of nature featured PhD candidate Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide, magician Rob Ellinger, and dancer Bridgett Cains, as they told the story of the magical nature of host and parasitoid life cycles, and the research involved in discovering and documenting these intricately entwined species. A Mother’s Love won the People’s Choice Award during the event.

The Private Lives of Data featured Dr. Anisha Fernando, computer scientist from the University of South Australia, and Dancey Gordon, creative writer. This theatrical spoken word performance blended a variety of poetry techniques to communicate issues affecting the public’s collective information privacy.

We would like to thank the amazing researchers and artists who contributed to creating such thoughtful and engaging performances, and the audience who attended the live performance for embracing a unique style of science storytelling!