After five years on the volunteer photo crew, I continue to be inspired, delighted and challenged by the 5-day mash up of arts and science that is Beakerhead! Five things stand out about my 2018 experience.
Three artists are showcased at Esker this summer. Vanessa Brown prompts thought by using steel to embody living, natural things as sculpture. Anna Torma uses a blend of embroidery, drawing, appliqué, and layering to combine familiar and fantastic things in colourful, multi-layered textile art hangings. And over a twelve week stretch ending July 29, Jolie Bird’s performance-based installation will transform a blank space into an 8-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence.
After seeing images of the oh-so Instagrammable pink-blue room at Esker Foundation pop up in my feed for weeks, I finally headed to Esker Foundation’s exhibition space to see it IRL. And while I can understand why pink-blue is garnering so many likes, there’s a lot more to this show, all of which got me thinking about some of the ways architectural design is intended to influence human behaviour. The show runs through May 6, 2018. Admission to Esker is free.
Part museum, with performance spaces, a broadcast facility, studios and classrooms, Studio Bell is home to approximately 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts, including a fantastical Kimball Theatre Organ and one of Elton John’s pianos. One corner of the ground floor houses the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Exhibits on five floors showcase Canada’s musical talent, the history of music in Canada and the role of music in the everyday lives of Canadians. The most regular opportunity to hear how sound travels through the space is during the regularly scheduled Kimball Theatre Organ demonstration. The building itself is music for the eyes. And bring your sense of fun and adventure to take full advantage of the many opportunities to get hands on with exhibits.
Just as Calgary’s annual smash up of science, engineering and art changes it up every year, so too does the Beakerhead photo crew. For the third year in a row, I put up my hand to serve as a member of the photo crew. Throughout a series of workshops, special events hosted by amazing Beakerhead community partners and 5 days of fantastic (and mostly free) Beakerhead events, I enjoyed working with other members of the talented, supportive, creative and collaborative photo crew as we met the challenge of capturing all that is amazing and inspiring about Beakerhead.