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Can science ever be art?

Posted: 19 February 2018

Can science ever be art?

Dave Featherstone, Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, was asked whether art can ever become a science. In a great article - which can be found on Quora - he said, "Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but I think the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same".

We couldn't say it better ourselves!  We know that there are people out there who think that science can be scary; isn't for them; isn't relevant; involves sitting in a classroom and staring down a microscope. However, as the oldest Science Festival in the world (we mark our thirtieth Festival this year!), we feel that science needs to be communicated in a variety of different ways to appeal to different audiences, and theatre is a perfect way to do this.

It's the reason we are so proud of our Science in the Spotlight strand, which focuses on bringing science to the stage to inspire and educate tomorrow's budding scientists - and culture vultures.

Valentina's Galaxy, brought to you by Frozen Charlotte is a show for 2-5 year olds that celebrates women, challenges gender stereotypes whilst exploring the wonders of space and time. It promises to be magical!

Space Ape by Scotland's most prominent children's storyteller. Andy Cannon from Red Bridge Arts; tells the story of Yorrick, a very special ape destined for interstellar travel, and aimed at young people age 7+. It will take audiences on a journey through science, philosophy and outer space, using everyday objects and animation as he missions to Mars.

The Ornithopter from Tortoise in a Nutshell is an exciting new promenade show for older children blending puppetry, object manipulation and physical theatre to introduce an inventor who dreams of touching the sun.

And EcoDrama's The Worm: An Underground Adventure for ages 3+ discovers a family of friendly, musical world and their colourful miniature world where at the end of the show you get to meet real worms in a specially designed wormery.

Come along and see for yourself whether art can indeed influence how you see and feel about science.