WANTED: Education Manager

Beakerhead is hiring for a part-time Education Manager.

The Education Manager takes the lead role in the management and implementation of the Beakerhead K-12 school programs. These events take place leading up to and during Beakerhead both on location and inside schools. These interactive experiences connect students to Beakerhead’s most delightful spectacles, while engaging artists, engineers, scientist, inventors and creatives. As Education Manager you will also be responsible for the management of the shorter-term contractors working on the education program and all related volunteers.

 

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The deadline for application is May 14 at 5 pm (MST).
Please send cover letter and resume to hr@beakerhead.com

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Beakerhead 2016 Program Guide

Seeking those with the creative chops and the printing and distribution prowess (or partners) to take on the Beakerhead 2016 Program Guide!

Can you design a differentiating look, feel and content for the 2016 Program Guide, including the managing the print and distribution of 25,000 copies within Calgary and surrounding areas? Then, this RFP is for you, and Beakerhead would be excited to hear from you!

Important deadlines:

  • May 1 at noon MST  Responses deadline
  • w/c May 1                  Clarification/exploratory calls planned, if necessary
  • May 16                        Contract assigned

Responses to this RFP must be submitted by e-mail to michelle@beakerhead.com on or before May 1, 2016 at noon.

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CALL FOR DESIGNS: Scaffold art at Beakerhead

Got skills? Prove it!

Scaffold Art Design Competition sponsored by Armour Equipment

Cash prize of $5,500 to winner plus other awesome stuff.

In celebration of Amour Equipment’s 55th anniversary, they are holding a first-of-its-kind scaffold art design competition, open to members of UBC Local 2103 & 1325. Design teams may also have non-members as long as at least one member is a registered Local 2103 & 1325 member.

Learn more about the competition and application details – click here!

Deadline July 1, 2016.

Picture by Neil Zeller Photography.

Request for Proposals: Industrial Food Program

Beakerhead’s weeklong events in September take over the city, introducing fun activities that are an exciting smash up of art and science. There will be various interactive events and exhibits for attendees to take part in. Amongst the more than 60 events is the Industrial Food Program as part of Beakerhead’s Engineered Eats theme.

This is a call out for event planners and event management companies based in Calgary, who want to take part in this delicious interactive event. 

In 2016, Beakerhead’s food program will feature all things industrial arts! Imagine fire, tools, and heavy equipment, all coming together and turned into a fine-dining experience!

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Deadline for proposals is end of day April 15, 2016.

QUESTIONS: Contact Hanan at hanan@beakerhead.com or at 403-701-0130.

Photo by Nic Sharkey.

HIRING: Part-time Contractors

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Every year, Beakerhead hires up to 20 people on short-term contracts to manage different parts of the massive and widely distributed program. It takes a small village to bring this supernova to life! Contracts range from a few hours to 40 or more and vary from year to year.

All contractors become part of the Beakerhead team and are expected to be aware of, and coordinate with, other members of the team. Team meetings are scheduled to facilitate this process.

Below are the general accountabilities for all members of the team, followed by a description of the specific position profiles.

HOW TO APPLY
As the 2016 program is developed, we’ll be growing the team with roles such as these.

If you’d like to be considered, please share your interest and resume to hr@beakerhead.com. As we look to fill the various positions, we will be in touch with select candidates.

Important: In the subject heading, please indicate which role you are applying for.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Additionally, Beakerhead reserves the right to not appoint a contractor into every one of these profiled positions. Thank you for your interest in Beakerhead!

If a contract role is not in the stars, please join in as a volunteer or as an enthusiastic hands-on participant.

Everyone welcome!
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How does Beakerhead work?
Beakerhead Creative Society is the organizing team at the heart of an annual program that culminates in a five-day spectacle bringing together the arts and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment. The society’s activities at the provincial, national and international level are coordinated by a core secretariat located in Calgary, Alberta. Beakerhead transforms Calgary – with contests, mechanical sculptures, interactive street art, feats of engineering, larger-than-life theatre and spectacular performances.

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Every person working with Beakerhead as a contractor or volunteer is asked to effectively represent Beakerhead in the way you interact with the full spectrum of regional, national and international collaborators, volunteers and visitors. Beakerhead will be presented in a creative, energetic and professional manner.
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Qualifications for all Employees and Contractors

    • Willingness to embrace original and creative programming culture!
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Curious about and accepting of differences
    • Very organized and detail-oriented
    • Ability to work within a team as well as individually
    • Ability to work with volunteers
    • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work flexible hours
    • Reliable, enthusiastic and positive
    • Familiarity with basic office software, Dropbox and Google Apps
    • A desire to build amazingness!

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GZA at Beakerhead. Photo by Brett Morrison.
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Workplace culture
Beakerhead is a workplace that values the following characteristics of team members:

OPEN COMMUNICATION Sharing information in an effective and collaborative manner.

VERSATILITY Constructively adapting and responding to a changing environment.

INITIATIVE Creating and demonstrating initiative to generate improvements and foster positive outcomes.

HIGH QUALITY WORK Applying a high level of proficiency and professionalism in technical and job knowledge (and willingness to continually learn) to achieve a high level of performance.

LEADERSHIP Achieving positive outcomes by encouraging, supporting, coaching, developing and mentoring others.

PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS Demonstrating respect, dignity and integrity in interpersonal relationships and positive personal coping and wellness strategies.

TEAMWORK Functioning effectively in team situations to achieve optimal collective results.

CONTEXT UNDERSTANDING Achieving effectiveness for the public good with measurable impact through a large-scale collaboration.
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POSITION PROFILES

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Technical Director

Beakerhead engages a technical director to lead and implement the technical infrastructure and resources across the multiple sites of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 80 hours on site for the installation, duration and deinstallation of Beakerhead, and includes:

    • Building various budgets associated to the each of the sites based on product through the events producer’s guidance. They are also required to manage said budgets is association with event producers to ensure product quality meets organisation standards and expectations.
    • Building event technical schedule and defining and allocating resources (technical and human) and movement between events.
    • Through the event producer’s direction, assisting aiding the individual product “artists” to be able to deliver the product.
    • Operationally managing resources to be able to service all the needs of the event, with no omissions. This is crucial to be able to achieve greatest economies of resources to and ensure key equipment and or human resources are booked and ready and removed in accordance to the schedule.
    • Assisting the volunteer coordinator to ensure that human resources are deployed in numbers that are suitable to the requirements, and all their amenities are addressed.
    • Identifying areas of operational concerns or those that are potential “stop show”, critical and to provide risk mitigation strategies in conjunction with key event personnel.
    • Monitoring and managing all external production companies and determining that designs, specifications and deliveries are met, and organizational reputation and profile is maintained.
    • Maintaining all external relationships with suppliers and sponsors as per agreements.
    • Ensuring all marketing, publicity and communications needs are met as per signage, VIP areas, sponsor access, etc.
    • Manage, monitor and detail all OHS needs and ensure all sites are compliant, and all public safety concerns are suitably covered in association with relevant statutory authorities.
    • To ensure clear and concise communication, and all parties are kept informed.

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Production Assistant

Beakerhead engages a production assistant to support the installation, maintenance and deinstallation of technical infrastructure and resources across the multiple sites of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 80 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 80 hours on site for the installation, duration and deinstallation of Beakerhead, and includes:

    • Under the direction of the technical director, coordinating the technical support for presenters;
    • Managing the inter-site coordination for technical resources supporting Beakerhead across the city;
    • Ensuring production suppliers delivers and execute as negotiated contract;
    • Assisting Site Leads in ensuring directions are met and having provision and capacity to flexibly change and add items as encountered;
    • Assisting with all external relationships to suppliers and sponsors to ensure agreements are fulfilled;
    • Supporting the delivery of all marketing, publicity and communications requirements with regard to stage show/event;
    • To ensure clear and concise communication is used, and all parties are informed.

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Volunteer Coordinator

Beakerhead engages a volunteer coordinator to assist with the recruiting, screening, orientation, training and recognition of the various crews that help bring Beakerhead to life. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead, and an estimated 80-95 hours Beakerhead. This will include:

      • Working with Beakerhead secretariat to assess volunteer needs
      • Recruit and schedule volunteers to fill all of Beakerhead’s volunteer recruitments
      • Coordinate communications and follow-ups with festival volunteers via email, phone or text
      • Create documentation and update the Beakerhead Volunteer Guide
      • Assisting volunteer recruitment and orientation sessions events
      • Ensuring volunteer records are up-to-date and accurate through data entry or by training others on data entry
      • Assisting with Police Clearance process for education program volunteers
      • Checking in on volunteers at their various sites
      • Deploying and re-deploying volunteers as needed
      • Police check will be required for this position

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Public Installation Site Leads (5)

Beakerhead engages site leads for each of the major public installation sites to manage the installation, site supervision, staffing, programming and deinstallation. These roles require approximately 30 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 60 hours on site for the duration of Beakerhead and include:

        • being the site supervisor for the five days of Beakerhead, including three days for installation and deinstallation;
        • overseeing relationships with all suppliers on site;
        • overseeing relationships with food trucks, if applicable, on site;
        • overseeing relationships with all school program leads attending the site;
        • overseeing relationships with all program presenters delivering programs on site;
        • coordinating and managing the infrastructure and vendors related to the site;
        • providing estimates of daily audience/attendee numbers;
        • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.
        • providing direction for volunteer team lead, and support for on-site volunteers

Up to five positions may be available.
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Downtown Site Manager

Beakerhead engages a site manager to coordinate all activations on Stephen Avenue Walk from Wednesday to Friday of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 40 hours on site for the duration of Beakerhead and includes:

    • confirming details with all presenters and playing role of lead point of contact for all presenters and associated venue(s) (approximately 30 in total);
    • liaising with the venue host (Downtown Calgary Association);
    • securing any additional vendors (PA system, scissor lift) required for event;
    • final communication of logistics, map and scheduling to all presenters and partners;
    • managing program budget including related honorariums and material costs for presenters and supporters (with approval from Director of Programming);
    • being the onsite lead for the noon hour (“Speakerhead”) and 4 – 6 pm (Highly Social Science) programs on including daily set-up, management, tear-down and storage of materials;
    • Managing volunteers and “block heads” who will support you with the events daily;
    • providing estimates of daily audience/attendee numbers;
    • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

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Beakernight Production Coordinators (2-5)

Beakerhead engages a site lead to play a lead logistical role for Beakernight. This role requires approximately 5 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 12 hours on site for the duration and deinstallation of Beakernight and includes:

  • working with the various artists to install artwork and be ready for event start at 8:00 pm;
  • managing site plans and executing production schedule;
  • supporting onsite vendor and presenters as required;
  • coordinating Beakerhead volunteers for the site;
  • managing teardown activities with presenters and vendors.
  • providing estimates of audience/attendee numbers;
  • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

Two to five positions may be available.
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Project Managers (2-3)

Beakerhead engages project managers as required to coordinate and implement selected program elements such as performances or multi-site events. These roles requires approximately 30–160 hours (dependant on the program) leading up to Beakerhead and 6-12 hours on site for the duration of the specific program element, and include:

  • securing the venue and venue-related needs;
  • liaising with presenters and performers, coordinating the presentation elements, and acting as event manager;
  • confirming details with all presenters, including logistics and scheduling for hands-on activities;
  • ensuring all activations are customer-focused and engaging;
  • arranging transportation and hosting as required;
  • arranging visitor experiences;
  • arranging food and refreshments as required;
  • providing estimates of audience/attendee numbers;
  • ensuring the site/venue is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

Two to three positions may be available and filled.
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Ticket Manager

Beakerhead engages a ticket manager to coordinate and track ticket sales. This role requires approximately 12 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 40 hours for the duration of Beakerhead, and include:

  • setting up online ticketing system
  • managing all ticket sale transactions
  • working at selected performance locations to manage door sales

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Office Support

Beakerhead engages office support over the week of Beakerhead to act as a receptionist and provide general administrative support as required. There are two shifts: day shift and evening shift. Each role is expected to include:

      • seven hours shift from Tuesday to Sunday of Beakerhead week (6 days);
      • answering phone;
      • duties as assigned.

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Education Program Support

Beakerhead engages up to three education program consultants each year to lead the development and implementation of education experiences for K-12 students. These roles require several hours a month during the spring and summer and an intense period of full-time work starting after Labour Day, and leading up to and including Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16, 2016. The education program is live from Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Content Lead

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to lead the conceptual development of the education experiences and to update the related teachers’ guide as follows:

  • Conceive and design the school experiences, with support from Beakerhead and education program consultants
  • Develop Field Guide for the education field trips for that given year
  • Update Field Guide for Educators, for those who want to bring the spirit of Beakerhead to their classrooms but are unable to have an in-person experience.

 

Logistical Lead

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to take a lead role in developing specific Beakerhead K-12 field trip sites and experiences as follows:

  • By June 20: Work with Beakerhead staff to schedule school field trips/school visits, including the creation of a spreadsheet roster of schools, contact names and info, number of students, and scheduled activities. Contact all schools with confirmation, preparation details and busing suggestions prior to the end of the June 2015 school year.
  • July-August: Provide feedback and ideas to Beakerhead as possible, also a Beakerhead education consultant, on the education activities and teacher guides in development over July and August.
  • August: Create a master plan for all field trip bussing, and ensure scheduled booking with selected bus company
  • August 20 – Sept 20: Serve as primary liaison for queries from teachers as the 2015 school year ramps up in August, and act as primary teacher/school contact leading up to and during Beakerhead for field trips and school visits. Serve as on-site education program lead during the week of Beakerhead.

Onsite Lead(s)

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to support the education experiences for 2015 as follows:

  • To be the site lead and overall coordinator of the Beakerhead field trips
  • Reviewing site logistics and risk assessment
  • Creating site map for teachers
  • Coordinating site volunteers
  • Coordinating on final communication elements and logistic organizations with education partners
  • Coordinating incoming questions from teachers on the day of the event
  • Coordinating student arrival and drop off during the week of Beakerhead

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MEDIA RELEASE: Many Hands Make Great Art Winners Announced

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[Calgary, Canada | February 23, 2016] — Metal flowers will erupt with flame, while a steampunk dirigible floats nearby. Passers-by feed a recycling bovine while other visitors help make a ceramic explosion.

Six new engineered community art projects are being announced today that will be built over the coming months with support from Beakerhead’s Many Hands Make Great Art program, which is in its second year and funded by The Calgary Foundation. The successful projects all required to involve a community in the creation of the artwork, and must include both adults and youth.

“The best part of these builds is watching the drama unfold as the teams try to create something entirely original,” says Jay Ingram, Canadian science broadcaster and Beakerhead co-founder.

All projects will premiere at Beakerhead this September 14-18, 2016. Some will even take flight! The awarded projects include:
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“In order to be fluent in a language, you have to be immersed in a culture, surrounded by others. The same goes for learning how to apply science, engineering and creativity. That’s exactly what will happen in these projects. And, the outcome will delight us all,” says Beakerhead chair and co-founder Mary Anne Moser.

These community projects are part of Beakerhead’s goal to create a mainstream platform for science and engineering.

Click Here for Downloadable Media Release


Media Contact: Michelle Htun-Kay at 1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Art sees a billboard or two … or three

Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with clever and creative works of engineered art.

Beakerhead is seeking a creative concept for public billboards and transit posters that will engage passers-by in late August and early September, while increasing awareness that Beakerhead is launching, Sept 14-18, 2016.

The proposed concept should delight and engage passengers on Calgary Transit trains as well as motorists, cyclists and pedestrians passing by outdoor billboards throughout Calgary, in the run-up to Beakerhead 2016.

One concept will be selected to be printed and placed in 18 interior train panels and 7 outdoor billboards.

Important dates

  • Proposals due by midnight on March 18, 2016*
  • Selected artists notified by April 1, 2016
  • Print-ready digital files will be delivered to designated printer by June 30, 2016
  • Project unveiling will be on August 15, 2016, leading up to and during Beakerhead, September 14-18, 2016

Click Here for Detailed Call for Submissions

* All concepts will be strictly confidential and will not be used in this or any other context without artist permission.

Request for Proposals: Media and Print Partners

Beakerhead hit the streets and airwaves in 2015, with more than 65 events attracting more than 112,000 in-person encounters and more than 140 million national and international media impressions.

Building on the first three launch years, this registered charity seeks media partners in print, radio, online and broadcast media as well as printing and production partners, who will help to tell this story in a highly engaging way across local, national and international markets.

In 2016, Beakerhead will take place from September 14 – 16.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RFP

RFP Timeline

  • January 12: RFP issued
  • February 8: Deadline to submit proposals
  • February 19: Selected partners notified

Please direct any queries to Michelle Htun-Kay, Director of Marketing and Communications at michelle@beakerhead.com

Top photo by Neil Zeller Photography

Beakerhead Photo and Video Team: Info Session

A photographer’s career can be made by capturing the unusual and eliciting emotion. Beakerhead provides a wealth of opportunity for that!

In 2015, Beakerhead generated more than 140 million media impressions, led by riveting photographs that made their way around the world.

How?

A 23-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography and Video Team.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2016 Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew, you are invited to an information session to learn about the team composition, behind-the-scenes access and distribution opportunities. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

BEAKERHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO TEAM 2016 INFO SESSION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

5:30 – 7:00 PM

#101 – 1615 10 AVE SW, CALGARY, AB

 

There will be a limited number of participants who will make up the Beakerhead Photography and Video Team for the 2016 event. Details of the selection process will be discussed at the info session.

PREREQUISITES: Own camera, a portfolio of previous work, and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

RSVP HERE

Space is limited to first 50 registrants.

Photo above of Denise Kitagawa taking photos of El Pulpo Mechanico. Photo by SDL Photo.

HIRING: Director of Marketing and Communications

Beakerhead is hiring for a talented and experienced Director of Marketing and Communications.

Beakerhead is looking for a rising star to take the driving seat of Beakerhead’s marketing machine!

If you have star quality when it comes to marketing*, love a challenge, have tons of natural talent, unlimited energy and a desire to make your mark as a leader in creative communications, Beakerhead may have the perfect position for you.

After helping to get this jumbo jet off the ground, Beakerhead’s first director of marketing and communications is moving with her family to the Middle East. We need to find a new Director of Marketing and Communications by the middle of May.

The new director will join the gifted leadership team at Beakerhead just in time to soar to success (which may require a number of long days and nights!) with Beakerhead 2016.

Sound like your kind of party? Please send a cover letter plus resumé to: Mary Anne Moser, moser@beakerhead.com

 

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE JOB POSTING

* A 10-year track record showing an exceptional ability to perform is required. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in Beakerhead!

Deadline 26 January 2016. This job posting may be re-opened after the deadline and until a suitable candidate is hired. Start date for this position is mid-May 2016.

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Beakerhead website upgrade

Beakerhead is requesting proposals for a website upgrade (not re-do) aimed to build on and improve the current site’s visual appeal, interactivity, engagement, responsiveness and content management system.

 

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Response deadline: January 30, 2016 at noon Mountain Time

Timeline

  • January 30: RFQ submitted to connect@beakerhead.com
  • February 5:  Short-list contacted
  • w/c February 15: Additional information meetings/calls with short-list
  • February 24: Contract assigned
  • February 29: Planning discussions start

 

 

 

Call for Proposals: Many Hands Make Great Art

Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with clever and creative works of engineered art. This is a proposals call for community-built creations that could be a part of this ruckus. One or more of the proposed designs may be eligible for financial support to turn your design into reality!

What is the design challenge?

Beakerhead is looking for delightful and inspiring pieces that open an entertaining door to the world of science and engineering.

Thank you to The Calgary Foundation for making these community-built creations possible.

Who can take part?

Calgary communities, neighbourhoods or groups are invited to design something – mobile or stationary – that could be a conversation starter within the community, or between communities (and the world!) about making a better world by bringing art and engineering together. All proposed designs should be envisioned as projects that would require community volunteers, young and old alike, to build, drawing on both creative and technical skills.

Important dates

  • January 30, 2016: deadline for design concepts
  • February 10, 2016: projects that will receive financial support will be notified
  • September 14: unveiling of the project and shared between September 14 – 18, 2016

Download Full Call for Proposals

Questions? Email connect@beakerhead.com

Media Release: Calgary soon to get its own spaceship

Beama Visual Environments named recipient of the Big Bang Residency Program

[Calgary/Banff, Canada | December 7, 2015] — A Calgary team will be the first group to go through the Big Bang Residency Program, an initiative designed to support mixed groups of artists and engineers for a year to create a large-scale engineered artwork and immersive experience – a space ship in this case – to premiere during Beakerhead 2016.

The winning team will be provided with budget of $50,000 for materials and artist fees through funding from the Remarkable Experience Accelerator, a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Hotel Association.

Nineteen teams applied from across the globe, including across Canada, the United States, France, Poland and The Netherlands. The winning proposal, by Beama Visual Environments, will see the creation of a multi-interactive work called the Bass Ship. The team has created work for music festivals all across North America such as Coachella and Shambala and can be found on industry top ten lists. The work will open on September 14, 2016.

The Bass Ship is an immersive, fully interactive audio-visual installation exploring the idea of non-verbal communication.

There are no passengers on a spaceship.  We’re all crew!

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“When you step inside the ship, you become a part of an experiment. You have to coordinate with three other crew members to create a coherent communication. There are a lot of interesting dimensions, which will be developed through the residency at The Banff Centre, culminating in a spectacle!” says Mary Anne Moser, president and co-founder of Beakerhead.

From the ship’s switchboards and control panels, participants (a.k.a. crew) will be guided by visual cues. Each action by one of the participants will trigger a sequence of audio, lighting and video events, which will play out on the Bass Ship and shared with the audience … or extra-terrestrials!

“It has been an honour and a thrill to see the wealth of creativity from applicants around the world,” said Jen Mizuik, director of Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre. “We look forward to welcoming Beama Visual Environments to The Banff Centre, where they can develop and polish their project in one of the world’s most inspiring places.”

This is the first year for this three-year program, spearheaded by Beakerhead, an annual smash up of art, science and engineering that erupted in Calgary for the first time in 2013 and reached an audience of 112,000 last year.

The next call for proposals to the Big Bang Residency Program will be issued in the summer of 2016.

Full release in pdfclick here
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Media Contacts

  • Michelle Htun-Kay, Director of Communications and Marketing, Beakerhead: 1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com
  • Jenny Spurr, Media and Communications Officer, The Banff Centre: 1-403-763-6719 or jenny_spurr@banffcentre.ca

Give to your brain. On Giving Tuesday.

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Get your brain firing on all cylinders! Beakerhead is asking you to use your opposite hand on December 1, 2015.

From brushing your teeth to starting your car (good luck!), we challenge you to use your non-dominant hand all day! Doing small things differently strengthens neural connections in your brain… scientists say so!

Don’t forget to share your misadventures on social media with #OtherHandChallenge to @Beakerhead.

If you slip up and use your usual hand it’s time to invest in your brain in other ways – by donating to Beakerhead!

CLICK HERE to donate.

Beakerhead is a registered educational charity that inspires learning at the crossroads of art, science and engineering. All donations above $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.
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DEADLINE SOON for Big Bang Residency Applications

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Deadline October 9, 2015

Big Bang Residency invites artists and engineers to create new works of art and spectacle

Artists, designers, engineers and technicians are invited to submit proposals to create a new multidisciplinary work of art that will be supported through a program called the Big Bang Residency.

The work will be built over the course of a year by a team of four or five, with backgrounds ranging from art and design to science and engineering, and will premiere on September 14, 2016, at Beakerhead  in Calgary, Canada.

The year of building will be bracketed by two one-week periods in residence, provided by The Banff Centre in support of this program. A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution, The Banff Centre is providing expertise and oversight to the selection and creative development process.

The successful team will also be provided with a materials budget of CAD 24,000, additional support for space and equipment rental, and an artist fee for each team member (up to five) of CAD 5,000, through funding from the Remarkable Experience Accelerator, a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Hotel Association.

The selection jury is made up of art and engineering professionals from around the world. The deadline for proposals is October 9, 2015, and the successful team will be notified by November 6, 2015.

This is the first year for this three-year program, spearheaded by Beakerhead, an annual smash up of art, science and engineering that erupted in Calgary in 2013.

Click here for details

Photo: The Fabulist by Bee Kingdom – the first friendly, artificially intelligent inflatable artwork. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography. 

Calgary’s Sunalta Elementary Gr.6 Students Win Ingenuity Challenge

Think you’re more creative than a school kid? Think again, especially when you’re matched against 7,971 students from 108 entries across Alberta!

Beakerhead’s annual Ingenuity Challenge hands students a simple Periodic Table ingredient (A13) in a creative science-themed challenge. In five school days, students then collaboratively design and build these creative projects to show their classmates… and the world!

In September, almost 8,000 Alberta-based students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, created charming and dazzling projects using a massive spool of tin foil and the theme, things are larger than life!

Check out their creations – click here!

The 108 submissions that Beakerhead received were then evaluated by Devon Canada employees. The overall winner was Grade 6, made up of 46 students, from Sunalta Elementary School in Calgary, who used 500 feet of aluminum foil.

Beakerhead invites all Alberta-based KG to Grade 12 classes to get creative this 2015/2016 school year – and to share their creativity with Beakerhead via email at connect@beakerhead.com or on social media via @Beakerhead.

Teachers who want to have their classes participate in the 4th annual Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge in 2016 or other Beakerhead School Programs, please visit the website for updates and school program announcements.

MEDIA RELEASE: Official kick-off for Beakerhead …

For Immediate Release / September 16, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

Official kick-off for Beakerhead
takes place in the world’s largest pop-up gallery

[Calgary, Canada] — The five days of Beakerhead officially get rolling today with the world’s largest pop-up gallery, called a String (Theory) of Incredible Encounters, with a circumference of five kilometres around downtown Calgary.

The series of public art installations is an exploration in creativity at the crossroads of art, science and engineering, and can be seen by touring Calgary’s neighbourhoods, from Inglewood to East Village to Victoria Park, 17th Ave and Kensington. The home base or hub for Beakerhead this year is at Station B (the Beakerhead moniker for installations at Fort Calgary).

Station B is home to two other massive firsts – a 30-foot high version of the arcade claw game, and a 6,400 square foot sandbox – all designed to inspire human ingenuity.

Beakerhead 2015 event will erupt on the streets and venues of Calgary from September 16 to 20, and includes more than 160 collaborators and 60 public events, ranging from theatre where the audience is dining as part of the show to installations where you walk through a human nose. More than 25,000 students will be engaged in Beakerhead through field trips, classroom visits and ingenuity challenges.

“Four years ago, Suncor decided to support Beakerhead because they celebrate and foster learning and collaboration between science, arts and technology in wonderful and innovative ways,” says Gary Bunio, general manager, strategic technology, Suncor. “This incredible event has done just that and shown us that the possibilities are larger than any of us can imagine when you bring together engineers and artists, and unleash the creative talent in both.”

The five-day long event attracts residents and tourists from around the world. Visitors will encounter a number of international debuts, such as a 35-feet tall inflatable artwork named The Fabulist, an interactive light installation called Up Above, So Below, a 10,000 mushroom block installation called In/Flux, and the international premiere of part science, part musical show, called the Rock ‘n Roll History of Space Exploration.

“We are pleased to be a partner of the Beakerhead for a Better World exhibits, celebrating how science, engineering and art can expand our minds, engage our senses, and solve the planet’s most challenging social problems.” Wayne Chiu, Executive Chair of the Trico Charitable Foundation.

To learn more about Beakerhead’s third year line-up, visit Beakerhead.com.

Media Contact:

Michelle Htun-Kay

1-403-971-5180

michelle@beakerhead.com

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: List of funders 

Limited Edition 2015 Prints – On Sale Now!

Ten artists with big imaginations. One spectacular line up of programs and events. Eight inspired limited edition Beakerhead prints.

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. Meandering through nature. A flash of brilliance in the shower. A boost to your brain’s neuroplasticity through a touch of evening exercise.

And in the case of ten talented local Albertan artists, through the programs and events happening during Beakerhead this year!

A special collection of limited edition prints are now on sale! Explore the inspiration behind each creation:

Buy now in the online gallery, or find ’em around Calgary at:

Each print is hand-signed by the artist and is numbered from 1 to 35.

$43 per print (proceeds from sales support the artist(s) and Beakerhead)

Dimensions: 56.5cm W x 76cm H (22.25″ W x 30″ H)

 

Media Release: Festo BionicOpter creates buzz at Beakerhead

Festo’s ultra-light flight model BionicOpter will fly at Beakerhead’s science, technology, engineering and arts spectacle.

With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. As technological leader and a learning company, the German based company will demonstrate how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and create the automation technology of the future at this year’s Beakerhead, which is partnering with the University of Calgary and the Schulich School of Engineering.  Presentations of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network and the BionicOpter will take place throughout the week at the University of Calgary, during Beakernight and various school programs as well as at the Calgary Zoo. For a detailed schedule, please visit www.beakerhead.com.

Download full media release

Engineered Eats

Engineered Eats is all about the science and creative art of gastronomy. This year, Calgary chefs turn their kitchens into science labs, creating egg-citing dishes and drinks for you to sample during Beakerhead this Sep 16 – 20, 2015!

This year’s Engineered Eats theme is eggs*!

Thank you The Egg Farmers of Alberta for your generous support.

Feel free to drool over our Flckr album, explore the Google Map, and check out the offerings from our 24 participating establishments (* = lacto-ovo-vegetarian):
80th & Ivy · Anju · Avec · Bank & Baron* · Beltliner · Bite* · Brasserie · Burger 320* · Buttermilk* · Catch · Container Bar · Coup* · Cucina · Fine Diner* · Flipp’n · Honkoner* ·Midtown · Osteria* · Ox & Angela · Pie Cloud · Sugo · Taste · Teatro · WineBar

Truffle infused custard with crispy serano ham and a basil caviar garnish. $10 80th & Ivy Modern Kitchen, 1127 17 Ave SW
This eggcellent dish is a spin off from Thomas Keller – an Amuse Bouche phenom. The basil “caviar” is a refreshing treat made with agar agar, science from the sea!

 Modern Gyeran Jjim: Salted Shrimp Kombu Broth Poached Egg White, Egg Yolk Noodle, Poached Side Stripe Prawns, Green Onion Tempura. $16
Anju Restaurant, 344 17 Ave SW

A modern interpretation of the classic Korean savoury egg custard.


Tartare: Beef, sous vide pasteurized egg yolk, gaufrettes $16

Steak & frites: AAA Alberta flatiron, N2O béarnaise, butter poached radish $22-$32
Avec Bistro, #105, 550 11 Ave SW

Did you know? Whipping siphons work by releasing high pressure N20 gas from a charger into a liquid. The N20 dissolves in the fat of the béarnaise sauce’s egg and butter, but bubbles out quickly as the sauce leaves the siphon and depressurizes, leaving you an airy sauce to enjoy!


The Kentucky Peach Sour: Bourbon, peach schnapps, egg whites, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters, garnished with agar pearls (2 oz. alcohol). $9.5
Bank & Baron P.U.B., 125 8 Ave SW

Want to make a cocktail like a pro? When making an egg white cocktail, bartenders shake the liquid ingredients, then add ice and reshake. This two stage “dry shake” method yields a better foam, since ice dilutes and cools the egg proteins, impeding foam formation.

Devilish Eggs: Hard boiled egg whites, 68.3°C sous vide yolks, cornichons, shallots & dijon foam. $12Dynamic Whiskey Sour: Bourbon, sugar, lemon, egg white (1 oz. alcohol). $10 The Beltliner, 243 12 Ave SW

Science in a glass: The cocktail uses ice cubes with an all natural flower extract. When the citrus hits the cubes, the pH changes and the colour goes from blue to pink!

Wingless Devil: Deep fried deviled egg with blue cheese & Frank’s Red Hot filling. $5.99
Smoked Pavlovian Split: Smoked banana sandwiched between two meringue cakes that have a crisp crust, soft inside, topped with sweet whipped cream, dark chocolate shaving, and a cherry. $5.49
Bite Groceteria, 1023 9 AVE SE

Pavlova is a meringue based dessert that is named after the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Cooking the meringue at low heat for a long time allows the water content of the egg whites to evaporate, leaving a delicate and delicious protein-sugar crust on the outside, and a marshmallow-like consistency on the inside. A clever and delicious take on the classic banana split!

Breakfast in a Jar: Smoked Cheddar Custard, smoked pork hock, 64°C egg, pomme puree, dehydrated ketchup, bacon, grilled ciabatta. $15 Brasserie Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd NW

A typical crème brûlée custard is made, the cheese is folded into it and the custard is baked in a water bath at 300°F. Once the custard is set and chilled the pork hock is molded into the jar atop the custard. A single egg is dropped into the jar and the jar is then sealed and submerged in a water bath at 64°C for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The pomme puree is mixed with cream and butter and placed on top of the egg. The ketchup chips are quite simple. Ketchup is thinly spread on parchment paper and placed in a dehydrator for approx 20 hours to produce a “chip”. Once the pomme puree is added to the jar it is garnished with the ketchup chips, bacon and grilled ciabatta… Breakfast in a Jar.

The Towering Inferno: Chocolate baked egg yolk gelato on a red velvet waffle, topped with farmer’s gunk then torched. $8 Burger 320, 814 1st Ave NE

Farmer’s gunk, a type of meringue, acts as an insulator because heat convection is slow across the many tiny air bubbles the egg whites form. That way you can flame your ice cream and eat it too!

The Floating Alaska: Buttermilk waffle, vanilla bean ice cream, meringue, crème anglaise, raspberry coulis. $10 Buttermilk Fine Waffles, 330 17 Ave SW

A play on a Baked Alaska, from wafflesmith Afrida Ahmed. Our naked Buttermilk waffle is topped with a scoop of Village Vanilla Bean ice cream, after which Italian meringue is piped around the ice cream. The waffle is then broiled until the meringue is a perfect golden brown- this forms the “Baked Alaska”. Crème Anglaise is poured around the ice cream to form the “Floating Island”. Finally, the waffle is topped with raspberry coulis to give it an uplifting tartness.

Egg Gel and Pearls, Bacon Sand, Rye Tuile, Rosemary Incense. $6 Catch Restaurant & The Oyster Bar, 100 8 Ave SE

This truly modernist dish will make you do a double-take! Using food science, every element of this dish defies your expectations of what bacon and eggs should look like.Learn more about the principles of modernist cuisine here.


1131 Sling: Gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple and lime juice, pineapple egg white foam and grenadine soaked peaches (2 oz. alcohol). $9
Container Bar, 1131 Kensington Rd NW

Grab an extra foamy egg-white cocktail at Calgary’s coolest outdoor patio, built with recycled materials including an old shipping container converted into a bar. This cocktail is also available inside, at Brasserie Kensington.

Vegetarian Falafel Scotch Egg: served with crispy eggplant “bacon” on a bed of arugula & mixed greens tossed in a fennel vinagrette and topped with a beet tartar sauce, finished with truffle-favoured kelp roe. $16 (dinner service only) The Coup, 924 17 Ave SW

Did you know? Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, because they contain all 9 essential amino acids.  Amino acids are considered ‘building blocks for the body’ because they help form protein.

Deleeuw Farms free-run duck egg, crispy pork belly, watercress pesto, pimento & smoked paprika aspuma, grana padano. $16 Cucina, Eighth Avenue Place, 515 8th Avenue SW

Did you know? Sous vide is a technique used in modernist cuisine to cook ingredients with extreme precision. From the French for “under vacuum”, ingredients are placed in a vacuum pouch and placed in a carefully controlled circulating water bath. In the case of eggs, this long warm bath acheives soft whites and creamy yolks, which is otherwise difficult since the white sets at a lower temperature than the yolk.

Non-Egg Toad-In-The-Hole: Brioche egg bread, coconut, mango. $12 The Fine Diner, 1420 9 Ave SE

A twist on the classic, where the “toad” is not an egg at all. In the modernist style of sensory deception, gelatin coconut milk is use as egg white and a mango sphere acts as the yolk (through a process called reverse spherification). Basically, it looks like an egg but is something completely different!


Eureka Burger & Shake
Poached egg nestled in a fresh burger patty, hidden by sautéed mushrooms and fresh avocado, tomato & goat cheese, Kaiser bun. $11Crème egg milkshake $6.5
Flipp’n Burgers, #103, 330 10 St NW

This protein packed burger is a great way to energize yourself for the Beakerhead activities. While you chomp down on the mushrooms in the burger, you can interact with 10,000 mushroom bricks down the street at In/Flux!

Hong Kong Egg Waffles (鸡蛋仔): Original, Coffee, Chocolate & Coconut. $XHong Kong Egg Waffles (鸡蛋仔): Original, Coffee, Chocolate & Coconut. Honkoner: Street food Thursday during Speakerhead at lunch on Stephen Ave Walk

Necessity is the mother of invention. Originally developed in Hong Kong in the 1950’s as a way to use cracked warehouse eggs, the unique spherical moulds used to cook the starchy egg batter give a crispy outside, and a soft inside. High-end restaurants in Hong Kong are reinterpreting this classic street food, and it’s gaining popularity in California. No need to travel far to get these  though, just look out for these “eggettes” at Speakerhead!Learn more here: Honkoner_background_sun_waffle.


Eggs Benedict Hand Cone “Amuse Bouche”: English Muffin Coronet, Encapsulated Hollandaise Sauce, Egg Yolk Sphere, Clarified Butter Pearls, House Made Bacon & Pickled Red Onion. $12
Midtown Kitchen & Bar, 302 10 St NW

Altering a classical presentation such as Eggs Benedict is always a challenge. Using the technique of spherification (shaping liquid into a sphere-like shape similar to the size and texture of fish roe) for the egg and repurposing the English muffin into a cone like shape, keeps the dish fun and familiar while still being playful and creative.

Golden Gin Fizz: Gin, lemon, sugar, organic whole egg, soda (2 oz. alcohol). $10 Osteria de Medici, 201 10 St NWThis is a classic gin fizz from mid-19th century enjoyed by first generation Italians in America. Having a whole egg in a cocktail may sound odd, but it adds a lovely golden frothiness!
Arzak Egg: Egg with chorizo & egg sauce, garlic chives & migas. $7.5 Ox & Angela Restaurant, 528 17 Ave SW

Before there was the 63 degree egg, before there was espuma hollandaise, there was the Arzak egg. Named after the iconic Spanish chef, Juan Mari Arzak, this dish is our ode to the first chef to think “outside the shell” and prepare and beautiful poached egg, cooked to precision, elegantly repackaged.

The Chicken & The Egg Experiment: Waffles, Chicken, and Eggs Two Ways. $14 Pie Cloud Diner & Bakery, 314D 10 St NW

Scientists continue to argue which came first – the chicken or the egg. At Pie Cloud Diner and Bakery, however, we’ve cracked this problem! The answer to this great debate may be summed up by the statement that both egg and chicken exist equally in the universe, provided they are sandwiched between waffles.Our theorem begins with one large, fluffy, yeast waffle, placed gently on a warm plate. A crispy, deep-fried chicken breast is then added to the formula. On top of that mixture, delicate organic greens are placed and vinaigrette solution is drizzled. Those crispy vegetables are then followed by the further addition of a delicate, pale-yellow, French omelette. Eggs are then topped off by the addition of a second waffle.To conclude this experiment, raw eggs are injected into a 350-degree Fahrenheit deep fryer. The solidification of egg matter into strands is then removed from heat and the resulting egg filaments are used to garnish the sandwich experiment. We further conclude that this entire hypothesis requires small vessels full of exact measures of both hot sauce and pure maple syrup, alongside the egg/chicken/waffle concoction, for optimum consumption and gratification.


DIY Spaghetti Carbonara: Spaghetti tossed with diced guanciale, butter, parmesan, chili flakes, sea salt & pepper finished with a basted egg, crispy strips of guanciale.
Sugo Italian Food & Wine, 1214 9 Ave SE

This dish is interactive! Break open the egg yolk and stir it around in the pasta…the liquid fat in the yolk combines with the loose starches on the surface of the pasta to make a creamy, delicious sauce!

Deep-fried egg, house cured ham, & powdered brown butter. $14 Taste Restaurant, 1210 1 St SW

This dish is all about precision and persistence! The egg is kept in a warm water circulator at 64.2C for 45 minutes. It is chilled, then rolled in bread crumbs before frying. The ham is cured in house, then hung for 45 days to remove moisture from the meat. The brown butter is mixed with tapioca maltodextrin, a unique starch that can hold oils as powders.

Mans Organic free-range egg yolk “tajarin”, basil butter, wild mushroom, salmon roe, castelmagno cheese. $28 Teatro Ristorante, 200 8 Ave SE

Tajarin is an rich egg yolk pasta from the Piedmont region of Italy. The bright yellow color comes from the yolks of fresh free run, local, inspected brown eggs from flocks of 300 hens or less, which means absolutely no disease or medication ever!

64.5°C egg yolk, fried egg white foam, bacon powder brioche. $7 Winebar Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd NW

We have taken a completely different approach on an old classic. It starts with egg yolks poached in an immersion circulator at 64.5 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes for that perfect consistency. Next we are frying up eggs whites mixing them with cream and gelatine and pressurizing them in a canister to create an egg white foam. Then it’s on to a rendered down pancetta mixed with maltodextrin which is blitzed into a ‘bacon powder’ last the dish is finished with brioche toasts and smoked maple syrup and there you have it…Bacon and Eggs!A slate of other egg themed dishes will be on offer too, so be sure to check in store.

* Most restaurants have confirmed to be using either free run or free range eggs.

It is “Back to the Future” at Beakerhead with the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Beakerhead is stoked to be partnering with The Royal Tyrrell Museum this year. The museum will participate as both an outpost of Beakerhead 2015 and be onsite in Calgary, September 16 and 18.

Check out these Calgary and Drumheller events during Beakerhead 2015!

SPEAKERHEAD

Wednesday, September 16 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Stephen Avenue Walk

In this 6.28 minute presentation, Dr. Donald Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs, will speak about how art and the creative process has inspired his scientific research. Our Science Educators will be there too, to show you elements of palaeontology to engage your curiosity. Free, everyone welcome! Learn more

FOUR-TO-SIX

Wednesday, September 16 – Friday, September 18 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Stephen Avenue Walk

Rush hour just got fun! Stop in at Dinosaur Country. Speak to Dr. Henderson about fossil identification, see some amazing specimens from around the province, and don’t forget to get your photo taken with a raptor. Free, everyone welcome! Learn more

POP-UP PALAEONTOLOGY 

Friday, September 18 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Station B, Fort Calgary

The Museum brings the badlands to Beakerhead! Rub elbows with renowned dinosaur hunter, Dr. François Therrien, learn excavation techniques, and see amazing fossils and a technician at work. Then jump in the sandbox to dig for your own fossil cast to paint and take home with you. It’s free – register online.

DAY TOURS

Wednesday, September 16 – Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20 from Calgary Tower

As an outpost of Beakerhead, a day tour is available from Calgary to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The tour includes an exploration of the impressive landscapes of the Drumheller valley, including the hoodoos and Horsethief Canyon, as well as admission to the Museum. More information and tour bookings available here.

Media Release: Many hands make great art!

[Calgary, Canada / 1 September 2015] — The power of many will be evident this September when the first three of six community-built projects will take to the streets during Beakerhead, all made possible with funding from the Calgary Foundation.

In May, Beakerhead issued a design call for community-built creations that could be a part of this year’s Beakerhead. Three were selected to be a part of Beakerhead this September.

“We were impressed by the way these projects engaged the community in creating cultural experiences that treat science and engineering as a welcoming part of everyday life,” says Beakerhead president and co-founder Mary Anne Moser.

All three community projects will be displayed on Stephen Avenue Walk at Beakerhead’s Four-to-Six events (from 4 – 6 pm) on September 16, 17 and 18.

The first premiering at Beakerhead, called MakerBus is a collaborative project involving people of various ages and skills both in the making of the bus and, most importantly, as users of the MakerBus. The former commuter bus, now a workshop-on-wheels, can hold eight people at a time “working” on projects at the tables, with additional outdoor activities such as airbrush painting. The MakerBus is a creation of Calgarian Jim Akeson. Along with afternoons on Stephen Avenue Walk, visitors can hop on the bus to make things when the MakerBus is stationed at Station B at Fort Calgary on September 19 and 20.

Funding from the Calgary Foundation will also support the design and build of a site-specific installation called Orange Crush, where pedestrians will be invited to walk through a squishy, synthetic passageway made from 1,000 pool noodles. The installation is orchestrated by a team of architects, designers and engineers from Calgary’s Tomorrow Architecture Collective and Saskatoon’s OPEN. The project has incorporated youth outreach involvement with Scouts Canada.

Gearing up to premiere at Beakerhead 2016 is a project called Mobile Camera Obscura, which brings together ACAD students, alumni and community members, led by ACAD instructor Mitch Kern. Breathing a new life to a camper trailer, the team will construct a camera obscura that allows visitors to enter and experience the not widely known way our brain (and cameras!) processes visual information. The Camera Obscura operates upon the same principle as the human eye and helps viewers understand the science of perception and perceptual adaptation. The work-in-progress trailer will also be at Tomkins Park on 17 Ave SW all day September 20.

A call to support three more projects will be issued this fall. Calgarians are encouraged to think about what they might want to build for Beakerhead 2016.

Download images – click here

Media Contact: Michelle Htun-Kay at 1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com

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A renovation site, a light bulb, a cherry and a tap shoe come together in an unexpected way at Beakerhead! Be one of the few who will have the chance to step foot in the historic Barron Building and engage all five senses with the building’s mid-transition between past and its stellar future.

Be amongst the first in the world to experience As Above, So Below, an interactive art installation using the world’s most efficient lightbulb Nanoleaf, by renowned Calgary artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett.

And what’s that? Tap, tap … tap! SoleNoid ß by British artist Peter William Holden makes its west Canadian premiere.

All this in the midst of a modernist food experiment by these acclaimed chefs …

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ADVENTURE CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW SCIENTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Key partnership with Beakerhead will kick off the program.

Adventure Canada’s new Scientist-in-Residence program marks the expedition company’s venture into the exciting scientourism trend. For their 2016 season, Adventure Canada is inviting scientists across the spectrum—from social science experiments, to ethnobiology, climatology, geology, oceanography, and beyond—to travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour, the company’s expedition vessel, for the sole purpose of scientific study.

“We have always been keenly interested in expanding world knowledge of the areas we travel,” says Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada CEO. “We believe that only through better knowledge and understanding will we be able to protect these areas and inspire the general public to take an actionable interest.”

Adventure Canada will kick off the program through their key partnership with Beakerhead, Canada’s premier science spectacle, from September 16–20, 2016. Co-founded by Adventure Canada friend Jay Ingram, Calgary-based Beakerhead is a hands-on, citywide celebration of science. As in-kind sponsors Adventure Canada will announce the Scientist-in-Residence program to a captive audience of Canada’a top scientists across all fields, encouraging those interested to apply to be a part.

The expedition company is welcoming scientists aboard each of their nine expeditions in 2016, which encompass Sable Island, the St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, Labrador, the Canadian Arctic, and Greenland. Historically, members of the science community have joined Adventure Canada expeditions, but in a hospitality capacity and as members of the expedition team. Through the Scientist-in-Residence program, Adventure Canada will be helping leading researchers conduct their own research in parallel with the company’s operation. Passengers themselves will also have opportunities to participate in the Scientist-in-Residence research during their trip. Hands-on research activities may include things like helping conduct Arctic sea bird counts, documenting ancient Inuit artifacts, and harvesting lichen samples. Specific research will depend on successful Scientist-in-Residence applicants, who must go through an rfp process before being invited aboard.

For more information about Adventure Canada, visit adventurecanada.com or call 1-800-363-7566.

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After the big and little kids play at Station B and Beakernight, you can bring the feeling of Beakerhead home.

Castle Toys

Science Is…

Plant Terrariums 

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Kent of Inglewood

Shelf Life Books

Anne B. Accessories

Maverick Soap

Be sure to also check you the Beakerhead container, featuring a special collection of Limited Edition Prints. Click here to buy yours!

It’s a Bug’s Life

Are you ready to replace your beef burger with a bug burger?

Are crickets the new chicken?

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BUGS AND BEERS

The Palomino Smokehouse, 5:00 – 7:00 pm – tickets on sale now

COOKING WITH CRICKETS

Cookbook Co. Cooks, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – tickets on sale now

HOW DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD IS GREAT BUSINESS

Glenbow Museum Theatre, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – tickets on sale now

 

All the above events, featuring the Aspire Food Group, are part of the Beakerhead for a Better World, in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

Want a sneak peek? Here’s Jay Ingram eating brownies out of cricket flour on CBC Homestretch.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Big Bang Residency

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Big Bang Residency invites artists and engineers to create new works of art and spectacle

Calgary/Banff, Canada] — Artists, designers, engineers and technicians are invited to submit proposals to create a new multidisciplinary work of art that will be supported through a program called the Big Bang Residency.

The work will be built over the course of a year by a team of four or five, with backgrounds ranging from art and design to science and engineering, and will premiere on September 14, 2016, at Beakerhead  in Calgary, Canada.

The year of building will be bracketed by two one-week periods in residence, provided by The Banff Centre in support of this program. A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution, The Banff Centre is providing expertise and oversight to the selection and creative development process.

The successful team will also be provided with a materials budget of CAD 24,000, additional support for space and equipment rental, and an artist fee for each team member (up to five) of CAD 5,000, through funding from the Remarkable Experience Accelerator, a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Hotel Association.

The selection jury is made up of art and engineering professionals from around the world. The deadline for proposals is October 9, 2015, and the successful team will be notified by November 6, 2015.

This is the first year for this three-year program, spearheaded by Beakerhead, an annual smash up of art, science and engineering that erupted in Calgary in 2013 and reached an audience of 73,000 last year.

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Media Contact

Michelle Htun-Kay, Director of Communications and Marketing, Beakerheadbeakerhead_logo_revised 
1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com

Jenny Spurr, Media and Communications Officer, The Banff Centre TBC_logo_C_186_tag

1-403-763-6719 or jenny_spurr@banffcentre.ca

Media Release: GZA of Wu-Tang Clan in opening event for Beakerhead 2015

[Calgary, Canada] — Tickets go on sale today for Beakerhead, a smash up of art, science and engineering that will erupt in Calgary this September 16 to 20. More than 60 events will be part of the five-day program, the majority of which are free. For those events requiring tickets, online sales and registrations start today August 1 at 9:00 am.

Last year, 73,000 people attended in total, and some ticketed events sold out within 24 hours. This year, the line- up includes more ticketed events than last year, and many more Calgary restaurants taking part.

Highlights include:

  • Opening Night with GZA, member of the Wu-Tang Clan in a 6400 sq-foot sandbox at Fort Calgary.
  • The international premiere of Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration with Jay Ingram, part science, part rock ‘n roll.
  • The Gorgeous Molecule, a molecular gastronomy food experience with top chefs, and The Gorgeous Libation, a one-night-only pop-up bar.
  • How Doing Good in the World is Great Business, a lunch date with social entrepreneurs.
  • Late Night Labs: Three hours, six stops and probably the most memorable hands-on tour you’ll ever take.
  • Taste, a performance in which the audience are also diners at River Café.
  • The best of the Bleak Midwinter Film Festival brings the animated shorts to Beakerhead, as … Bleakerhead.
  • Hear from seven of the world’s best science storytellers in The Seven Wonderers.

All events can be found and purchased at Beakerhead.com.

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Media Contact

Michelle Htun-Kay

1-403-971-5180

michelle@beakerhead.com

WANTED: Used Cargo Van for Camera Obscura

Beakerpal’s at ACAD are in search of a used cargo van to build a Camera Obscura inside.

What is a Camera Obscura, you ask? And how will this van be transformed? Well, we’re told that outside, a hole will be cut and fitted with interchangeable lens boards. Inside, an aluminum chamber will be built, painted and polished to receive and display projected images.

People who enter the experience chamber will see full colour, upside down and backwards, moving images of the world outside.

This Camera Obscura project is amazing as it operates upon the same principle as the Human Eye. Beakerhead is the perfect setting for an audience to ponder the phenomenon and inner workings of perception and perceptual adaptation, as they watch a living crowd of people stream by across the walls, floor and ceiling. This project will be led by an instructor at ACAD with help from ACAD students, alumni and community!

If you want to be part of this magic AND have a used cargo van, then please contact Mitch at mitch.kern@acad.ca and 403-771-9992.