50,000 + science + engineering = Beakernight love!

More than 50,000 Calgarians and visitors streamed onto four blocks of avenue and alleyway for a delightful collision of art, science and engineering! On the to-do list for next year? More fire power. Faster line-ups. Intergalactic visitors? We’re on it! Thanks to all who made it a truly unique experience!

Video by Vera Hill

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Calgary’s Whackiest Outdoor Spectacle of Art and Engineering: Beakernight!

It can’t be a Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap without Beakernight!

Beakernight is a massive outdoor spectacle of art and engineering! In 2014, two Calgary Stampede lots became a huge public park – better yet, a laboratory – buzzing with beauty and brains, and street smarts to boot.

Other than a two-storey, fire-breathing octopus from El Pulpo Mecanico, Beakernight 2014 included:

Photo by: Gemma Wallace
Photo by: Gemma Wallace
iLuminate. Photo by: Denis Semenov Photography
iLuminate. Photo by: Denis Semenov Photography
PK Sound installations. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
PK Sound installations. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Bass Bus and Lo Definition party. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Bass Bus and Lo Definition party. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Photo by Kelly Hofer.
Photo by Kelly Hofer.

Top photo by: Denise Kitagawa

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Inside LoDefinition

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, crowds from far and wide entered into the world of Beakernight. Surrounded by larger-than-life installations, they stumbled upon experiences never before seen in Canada. Among these interactive smash-ups of art, science, and engineering, was a group of Calgarian DJs and Visualists who live to experiment with music, visual art and technology.

Meet Lo Definition

Engulfed in a trance of heavy bass, projected live-mixed visual, and the collaborative vibe of a house party, Lo Definition came to life. The group’s joint, artistic mentality combined with the technology of new equipment, and the science of melding their talents into a performance, is what inspires them to experiment.

“It has always been important to us to return the favour, bringing together other artists, promoters, musicians, and the public to show off the work that is happening locally, and to bring things that inspire us on the international front to audiences here,” says the group.

“From PixelMash – a new-media, contemporary art, and music event at a warehouse in Sunnyside – to setting up interactive, educational DJ/VJ installations at the Youth Science Fair, Mini Maker Faire, and Adults Only Night at TELUS Spark, we have been keen to highlight the confluence of various artistic endeavours, and support the amazing art that the Calgary scene generates.”

So knowing that Beakernight is unlike anything Calgary has ever seen, the group built a custom, cubist-inspired projector mapped stage structure. The custom visuals were projected onto the structure along with a complex array of audio hardware and software. The culmination of sounds, visuals and crowds created a multi-sensory, contagious experience that fuelled the entranced environment that is Beakernight.

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Withdrawal symptoms are common …

… a week after Beakerhead

I don’t know about you, but I felt like a kid in a candy store last Saturday night! Beakernight proved well beyond what was promised as Little Big Street coming alive in the dark with a dazzling display of lights and the energy of a night market.

As many of the presenters from the past four days gathered to party out the second last day of Beakerhead, the enthusiasm in the crowd was electric. El Pulpo Mecanico warmed the space and Hippo Mutant Love provided the rides. Crane rides and Laser Cat added flare to the sounds of the Momentum Drums and iLuminate dancers as they entertained the crowd with their amazing talents and unique styles. Art cars dotted your line of sight as you tiptoed to see where to head next.

At every turn you found yourself marvelling at the beauty of each artistic display only to stop and linger a little longer so to realize the science behind the spectacle. Mourning the loss of the experience only makes it that much more promising for next year’s event…360 days and counting.

The best treatment for Beakernight withdrawal is to relive it in pictures – click here for the official photo gallery

Photo Neil Zeller Photography
Photo Neil Zeller Photography
Photo SDI Photo
Photo SDI Photo
Photo Neil Zeller Photography
Photo Neil Zeller Photography
Photo Denis Semenov
Photo Denis Semenov

Beakernight

Beakernight is a massive outdoor spectacle of art and engineering!

The area will become a public park – better yet, a laboratory – buzzing with beauty and brains, and street smarts to boot. Beakernight is free and open to all ages!

What You’ll See!

Other than a two-storey high, fire-breathing octopus from El Pulpo Mecanico, get ready to see:

 

Lighten up and party with iLuminate

If a two-story-high fire-breathing octopus, robots and giant science experiments doesn’t bring you to the lot party that is Beakernight, then how about some wearable tech? Better yet, how about the dance and wearable tech sensation that took America’s Got Talent by storm?

That’s right people; the amazing talents of iLuminate are coming here – making their Canadian premiere – and will be performing during Beakernight. Currently performing off-Broadway in New York, one of iLuminate’s multi-talented choreographers John “JRock” Nelson notes “one really cool thing about the light dance technology is that we’re able to do things in front of a live audience that may seem impossible. We’re able to make dancers fly or even look like they have six arms and the audience has no idea how we did it.”

Come down September 13th starting at 8:00 pm and join the fun for Beakernight located on Olympic Way and 12 Ave SE and party with the lights on!