CBC Eyeopener takes the #OtherHandChallenge

CBC Eyeopener’s Angela Knight and David Gray took the #OtherHandChallenge today with Beakerhead co-founder Jay Ingram. Watch how they did.

Learn more about Beakerhead’s #OtherHandChallenge on Giving Tuesday – click here!

CBC Eyeopener takes the #OtherHandChallenge from Beakerhead on Vimeo.

Video: What’s In the Petri Dish?!

On September 16, 2015, the third year of Beakerhead exploded with hundreds of photons and science advocate and Grammy-winning rapper, GZA, Canadian astronaut, David Saint-Jacques, and Canadian broadcaster, Jay Ingram.

Directed by: Jarett Sitter – www.jaretts.com
Edited by: Cody Giles, Jarett Sitter
Videographers: Erik Johnston, Cody Giles, Jarett Sitter, JJ Westbury, Ashley Ohman
Aerial Videography: Matthew Allen
Music: Smalltown DJs – See Thru feat. Lisa Lobsinger
Event Art Direction by Kate Newby

Check out images from Opening Night with GZA by the Beakerhead Photo Crew. Top photo by Brett Morrison.

Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration

 

What’s the soundtrack for human space exploration? Join Jay Ingram and his band the Cosmonauts on a visual and musical journey through an era when the idea of humans in space was only a dream. But those dreams created the space age. Part science, part rock ’n’ roll — join Jay, space explorers and musicians for the ride! Your host for the evening: a Canadian DIRTT_Buildbetter_300x163-172x76astronaut. Proudly sponsored by DIRTT.

Trailer: Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration from Beakerhead on Vimeo.

 

Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration – Adventure Edition

What’s the soundtrack for human space exploration? Join Jay Ingram and his band the Cosmonauts on a visual and musical journey through an era when the idea of humans in space was only a dream. But those dreams created the space age. Part science, part rock ’n’ roll — join Jay, space explorers. Theremin pop artist Clara Venice, and musicians for the ride! Your host for the evening: a Canadian astronaut. Proudly sponsored by DIRTT.

ADVENTURE EDITION! 

Thursday is opening night of the international premiere of the Rock ’n’ Roll History of Space Exploration. In true opening-night style, all ticket holders will have a deluxe experience:

  • Doors open at 6 pm for a pre-show VIP reception with astronaut David Saint-Jacques, light snack and drink.
  • A chance to win a trip for two, travelling with Jay Ingram aboard
  • Adventure Canada’s Mighty St. Lawrence expedition cruise from Quebec City to Saint Pierre, with stops in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. This travel prize valued at over $21,000 will be awarded during the show to someone in the audience! 400 tickets sold.
  • Tax receipt for $25. The proceeds of this show will benefit Beakerhead educational programs at the crossroads of art, science and engineering.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for pre-show VIP reception, 7:00 pm showtime (duration approx. 90 minutes)

About the Adventure Canada prize: Win a 10-day cruise for two with Adventure Canada through the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Travel dates are June 1 – 10, 2016. Prize includes passage for two in Category 6 accommodations, and associated fees. WinnersacLogo are responsible for travel to and from the cruise ports. Open to Thursday ticket holders only. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and present when prize is announced at the show

Trailer: Rock n' Roll History of Space Exploration from Beakerhead on Vimeo.

Giant Walkthrough Brain

Due to popular demand – another showing is added!

Join Jay Ingram and the Free Radicals at The Giant Walkthrough Brain, an innovative and engaging project aimed at taking a live audience on a musically driven, three-dimensional virtual tour of the human brain – one of the most complex and fascinating organs in the human body. It is both a live theatrical performance and a multimedia project, including dramatic, computer animations accompanied by live, original music.
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The Giant Walkthrough Brain

Join Jay Ingram, ’67 BSc ’09 DSc (Hon.) and the Free Radicals at The Giant Walkthrough Brain, an innovative and engaging project aimed at taking a live audience on a musically driven, three-dimensional virtual tour of the human brain – one of the most complex and fascinating organs in the human body. It is both a live theatrical performance and a multimedia project, including dramatic, computer animations accompanied by live, original music.

*This event is now sold out. Please contact chapters@ualberta.net to be added to the waiting list. 

 

The Giant Walkthrough Brain

Flying through your brain at amazing speeds is the next Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap!

In 2014, the world premiere of The Giant Walkthrough Brain delighted sold-out audiences at TELUS Spark Planetarium. Beakerhead co-founder, Jay Ingram, and his band, the Free Radicals, took everyone on a modern day “fantastic voyage” through a larger-than-life virtual brain. Part science talk, part multimedia project, part musical adventure, this was one dramatic and original event.

It couldn’t be done without the development of Dr. Christian Jacob and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary. Thanks to Stonecracker Scientific Law LLP for sponsoring this event and TELUS Spark for providing the right exploratory platform.

Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography

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Alberta Views: Beakerhead Sandbox for Ingenuity

Unexpected. Like a human-scale nest. Or a musical trip through the human brain. Or a sustainable Ferris wheel providing a gourmet food experience, or an outdoor theremin concert. Mix science, engineering and art and it seems inevitable that the unanticipated will emerge. That’s what Calgary’s Beakerhead festival is all about.

Read the full Alberta Views article with Jay Ingram

The Giant Walkthrough Brain

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE – SEPTEMBER 12 AND 13 SHOWS

In 1972, neurosurgeon Joseph Bogen argued that a giant walkthrough brain should be constructed. He imagined a 60 storey high building, a science museum of the human brain, built to educate large numbers of people by taking them on guided tours inside.

A giant walkthrough brain, as charming and audacious as it was, was never built. The cost makes it unlikely that a physical version will ever be erected, but modern computer technology and advances in computational human anatomy models provide another way: the exploration of a three-dimensional virtual human brain.

Fast forward to Beakerhead 2014 …

Jay Ingram and his band, The Free Radicals, will take you on a modern day “fantastic voyage.” This 90-minute performance takes a live audience on a musically driven, larger-than-life virtual tour of the human brain. Part science talk, part multimedia project, part musical adventure, this dramatic and original event has been developed with support from Dr. Christian Jacob and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.

SOLD OUT

 

The Giant Walkthrough Brain

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE – SEPTEMBER 12 AND 13 SHOWS

In 1972, neurosurgeon Joseph Bogen argued that a giant walkthrough brain should be constructed. He imagined a 60 storey high building, a science museum of the human brain, built to educate large numbers of people by taking them on guided tours inside.

A giant walkthrough brain, as charming and audacious as it was, was never built. The cost makes it unlikely that a physical version will ever be erected, but modern computer technology and advances in computational human anatomy models provide another way: the exploration of a three-dimensional virtual human brain.

Fast forward to Beakerhead 2014 …

Jay Ingram and his band, The Free Radicals, will take you on a modern day “fantastic voyage.” This 90-minute performance takes a live audience on a musically driven, larger-than-life virtual tour of the human brain. Part science talk, part multimedia project, part musical adventure, this dramatic and original event has been developed with support from Dr. Christian Jacob and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.

SOLD OUT

The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead

An evening with special guests … you certainly know them — or if you don’t, we’ll introduce you. This 75-minute performance will leave you delighted and inspired. It opens a surprising and entertaining window onto the  world of science and engineering — and invites you to leap through. You’ll be guided by renowned Canadian  science writer and broadcaster, Jay Ingram, and his band, the Free Radicals.

  • Expect to be on the edge of your seat and drumming on the armrests with Momentum Drummers from New York.
  • Meet Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot fame.
  • Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, will take you on a trip.
  • Now, look up. Is that a robotic jellyfish?
  • Or how about being introduced to Japan’s avant-garde engineered art scene by Hiroaki Umeda?
  • Then applauding youth ingenuity and talent with Calgary’s The Next Star: SuperGroup’s Electric Ave
  • See the science of sword swallowing. (Did you know you need to nudge the heart aside?)

You’ll leave this evening with a whole new view of entertainment at the crossroads of art, science and engineering.

 

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SPECIAL OFFER: LIMITED-TIME ART AND SCIENCE EXPERIENCE

Save 40%! 3 incredible experiences. 4 incredible people (that’s you!).

The pass is $129+GST, and only a limited number are available! Get yours now to enjoy the following experiences: 

  • Admission to the Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead for up to 4 individuals: Only $71.50 + GST
  • Admission to TELUS Spark for up to 4 individuals: Only $39 + GST
  • Admission to the Glenbow for up to 2 adults and 2 youth (17 and under): Only $18.50 + GST

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Beakerhead at the Calgary Stampede Parade

Come out on Friday, July 4 morning to cheer on the 131 Calgary Stampede parade entrants including #132: Beakerhead and Friends, as they make their way through Calgary downtown streets.

It takes a village!

Beakerhead is a movement of artists, scientists, makers, engineers, friends, family, young and old alike. And it wouldn’t be a Beakerhead parade float without a cool, diverse group including:

The crew from Hippo Love Mutant Vehicle
Engineers without Morals, 2013 Catharsis Catapult Competition winners
Acclaimed designer and art bike enthusiast, Rob Ward
The endearing Beakerhead astronaut
Blogger extraordinaire, Stacey Ibach and her cool boys
Aspiring ballerina scientist, Maia Kay
More labcoat-wearing “Beakerheads” than you can shake a stick at, and of course…

… Jay Ingram, famous science broadcaster and co-founder of Beakerhead.

AND a first for Calgary Stampede Parade: dissolvable confetti from Pro FX!

Thanks to Kelly Hofer for this awesome photograph of some of the Calgary Stampede participants! 

It takes a village: Beakerhead at the Calgary Stampede Parade

Come out on Friday, July 4 morning to cheer on the 131 Calgary Stampede parade entrants including #132: Beakerhead and Friends, as they make their way through Calgary downtown streets.

It takes a village!

Beakerhead is a movement of artists, scientists, makers, engineers, friends, family, young and old alike. And it wouldn’t be a Beakerhead parade float without a cool, diverse group including:

The crew from Hippo Love Mutant Vehicle
Engineers without Morals, 2013 Catharsis Catapult Competition winners
Acclaimed designer and art bike enthusiast, Rob Ward
The endearing Beakerhead astronaut
Blogger extraordinaire, Stacey Ibach and her cool boys
An aspiring ballerina scientist, soon-to-be seven-year-old
More labcoat-wearing “Beakerheads” than you can shake a stick at, and of course…

Jay Ingram, famous science broadcaster and co-founder of Beakerhead.

AND a first for Calgary Stampede Parade: dissolvable confetti from Pro FX!

Thanks to Kelly Hofer for this awesome photograph of some of the Calgary Stampede participants! 

Learn more about the Calgary Stampede Parade at http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/parade

Beakerhead astronaut. Photo: Kelly Hofer
Beakerhead astronaut. Photo: Kelly Hofer
Rob Ward and Bed Frame Art Bike. Photo: CBC
Rob Ward and Bed Frame Art Bike. Photo: CBC
Engineers without Morals. Photo: LeBlond Inc.
Engineers without Morals. Photo: LeBlond Inc.

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CIA: Beakerhead arrives with graffiti

Reprinted from Calgary is Awesome, 22 May 2014

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Beakerhead, Calgary’s new and only arts and science festival, is kicking off the 2014 edition early. They commissioned artist Michael W. Mateyko to create a special graffiti mural which you can see for yourselves in the underpasses on 4th Street and 14th Street along 9th Ave in the Southwest. The result is a collection of cool, wonderfully weird creatures. They were created using eco-friendly chalk and special permission from the city.  Check it out for yourself, hurry though. While the chalk is concrete friendly, it’s not water friendly. Beakerhead 2014, runs September 10 – 14. Visit Beakerhead.org for details.

Beakerhead Graffiti from Nick Taylor on Vimeo.

Jay Ingram + an arts school = great chemistry!

When people think of an art school, they often think the school focuses on art subjects. In fact, it is better described as a way of learning.

Students at Willow Park School, an art school in Calgary’s southwest, learn every subject – through the lens of art. And that means math and science too.

Last week, Jay Ingram of Discovery Channel and Beakerhead fame, visited Willow Park because, well, Beakerhead is all about entering the sciences through art and culture. Talk about great chemistry! Students were treated to a pixel buffet of bizarre art cars and massive fire-spewing robotic installations. Not to mention a massively participatory, 450 person, thumb war. The massively participatory part is all Beakerhead!

One of the art cars shown was the giant turtle bike, created by students participating in the Beakerhead Summer Intensive program last summer. The summer credit course is open to students from all Calgary and area school districts and will be accepting up to 30 students for the summer 2014 course.

All schools are invited to take part in the Beakerhead 2014 school programs. Registration for school programs is currently open and accepting applications.

Not sure how to get involved? Have students write a lab report with the city being the lab! Check out what Willow Park School did last year – click here.