Session 3: Is There Any Body In/Out There?
‘“We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship…” So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft. But is there, y’know, anyone out there? Alex really wanted to know so he went to speak to an astrophysicist to find out. This is what he learned.’
Alex is co-artistic director of Sheffield based, internationally acclaimed theatre company, Third Angel. The company makes a range of work connecting the territories of theatre, live art, installation, film, video, photography and digital & online media, which tours throughout Britain, mainland Europe and beyond. Simon is Reader in Astrophysics in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield.
Brian Lobel presents on his new project, Fun with Cancer Patients, developed with Birmingham Teenage Cancer Trust and Fierce Festival. Brian’s diverse body of performance work is united by a focus on the body, including the unique bodily experience of serious sickness. Brian is Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester.
Tom and Mark Espiner (co-directors of Sound and Fury) discuss their highly acclaimed production,
Going Dark (a collaboration with Hattie Naylor) which draws on the science of visual perception, eye disease and the universe in a tale about a planetarium narrator who finds himself going blind. Sound and Fury draw on the disciplines of theatre, Foley artistry, sound design, music and storytelling to create uniquely immersive performance.
Dr Anna Farthing introduces The Magic of Medicine, an innovative events programme that she has created at the Thackray Medical Museum and forthcoming developments with the UK Medical Collections Group. Anna draws on her experience in performance and film in her creative approach to museum interpretation. She is Director of Harvest Heritage Arts and Media and a founding partner of Harvest Films Ltd.
Introduced and convened by Alex Mermikides.