Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan

Cult classic movie nights mixed with art and science exploring earth, space and beyond!

Cult classic movie nights mixed with art and science exploring earth, space and the beyond!

Be entertained and indulge your love for the out of the ordinary this October 2017.  Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan – four compelling Friday nights of sci-fi cult classic film screenings followed by cutting edge research, guest talks and artistic performance or installations to keep the tradition of sci-fi alive.

Be part of the speculative fiction as you join our guest scientists and artists to explore the themes and “what if” of sci-fi. Grasp the relevant futuristic, scientific or technological impacts as well as the societal, historic, economic implications for the human race as Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan explores all the instability, fears, dreams and anxiety that comes with sci-fi:

  • the threat of invasion; extra- terrestrial intelligence in our universe,
  • sci-fi meets reality; unraveling DNA, genetic engineering
  • the fragility of the planet; Earth unravels
  • hostility and control; engineering challenges in space

Whether you are a hard core sci-fi geek, just beginning to explore the galaxy of wonder that is sci-fi or have no idea at all, bring a gang of friends on Friday 7- 9pm to Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan and do as Dr Who said “hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”

Come along before the show and enjoy a drink at the bar – doors open 6.30pm, finger food included!

The screenings and post-film events will be held in the Borland Foyer.

SESSIONS

Friday 6th October

CODE: SCI-FI MEETS REALITY

Movie: The Fly (1986)

Talk: Sonifying DNA: What does DNA sound like? by Dr Mark Temple (Western Sydney University)

Performance Collaboration: Dr Mark Temple, Dr Paul Smith, Ryan McGoldrick and Patricia Young

The Fly (1986) is rated MA18+ for Bloody Horror Violence, Brief Sexuality and Moderate Language.

Friday 13th October

HOSTILE: ENGINEERING CHALLENGES IN SPACE

Movie: Gravity (2013)

Talk: Challenges behind space travel by Nicholas Ralph (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Visual Performance Art: Flatline

Planetarium Experience: Raelene Sommer (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Gravity is rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences and brief strong language.

Friday 20th October

FRAGILE: PLANET EARTH UNRAVELS

Movie: WALL-E (2008)

Talk: Transforming the Heart of Penrith by Andrew Hewson (Penrith City Council)

Exhibition: Winning images from the 2016 Penrith City Council Photo Competition

Interactive Installation: Susannah Williams

WALL-E is rated G.

Friday 27th October

THREAT: INTELLIGENCE IN OUR UNIVERSE

Movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Talk: Is there anybody out there? The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Dr Ain de Horta (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Sound and Dance Performance: Nicola Morton and Eugene Choi

The Day the Earth Stood Still  is rated G.

$15 (includes finger food), other food and drinks available for purchase.

This project is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government and is part of the Western Sydney Science Hub.

Co-Curators

Dr Anika Mostaert Bio

Anika has a BSC (Hons) in Marine Science, and PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of New South Wales (1994). She has extensive experience with advanced microscopy techniques with a particular interest in electron and atomic force microscopy for nanoscale imaging and nanomechanical properties of marine materials. Anika has held postdoctoral and lectureship appointments at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Ireland, and is a Fellow of the Irish Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. Anika has authored over 80 publications, including peer reviewed papers, book chapters, books, technical reports, abstracts, and patents. She has given more than 50 international conference presentations, invited conference talks and invited seminars, and has served on the Conference Scientific Committee and Conference Organising Committee for international conferences in Ireland and Turkey. She has held numerous EU, Irish and Australian research grants, with most recent projects focused on commercialising her patented technology utilising the mechanical properties of bioadhesives for biomedical applications.

Dr Paul Smith

Paul is a lecturer in music at the University of New England where he teaches composition and music theory. His works for theatre include the chamber opera “Fancy Me Dead”, first performed as part of the New Music Network Mini Series in 2015, and “The Spider Maiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom”, commissioned by Chamber.Sounds and premiered in Singapore in 2016. He is currently composing a new work in development – “Chop Chef: The Opera” – with librettist Julie Koh. Paul’s instrumental compositions include numerous pieces for keyboard. He has collaborated regularly with Italian pianist, Antonietta Lofreddo who has performed his work in Australia and Italy. She has released his pieces, “Kawaii Suite”, “Iceberg Variations”, and “Holding Masks” on three albums with Wirripang. Other commissions include “The Death of Baldr” for sextet by the Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

  • Friday, Oct 6 2017 7:00pm
  • Friday, Oct 13 2017 7:00pm
  • Friday, Oct 20 2017 7:00pm
  • Friday, Oct 27 2017 7:00pm

Cult classic movie nights mixed with art and science exploring earth, space and the beyond!

Be entertained and indulge your love for the out of the ordinary this October 2017.  Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan – four compelling Friday nights of sci-fi cult classic film screenings followed by cutting edge research, guest talks and artistic performance or installations to keep the tradition of sci-fi alive.

Be part of the speculative fiction as you join our guest scientists and artists to explore the themes and “what if” of sci-fi. Grasp the relevant futuristic, scientific or technological impacts as well as the societal, historic, economic implications for the human race as Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan explores all the instability, fears, dreams and anxiety that comes with sci-fi:

  • the threat of invasion; extra- terrestrial intelligence in our universe,
  • sci-fi meets reality; unraveling DNA, genetic engineering
  • the fragility of the planet; Earth unravels
  • hostility and control; engineering challenges in space

Whether you are a hard core sci-fi geek, just beginning to explore the galaxy of wonder that is sci-fi or have no idea at all, bring a gang of friends on Friday 7- 9pm to Sci-Fi LAB @ The Joan and do as Dr Who said “hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”

Come along before the show and enjoy a drink at the bar – doors open 6.30pm, finger food included!

The screenings and post-film events will be held in the Borland Foyer.

SESSIONS

Friday 6th October

CODE: SCI-FI MEETS REALITY

Movie: The Fly (1986)

Talk: Sonifying DNA: What does DNA sound like? by Dr Mark Temple (Western Sydney University)

Performance Collaboration: Dr Mark Temple, Dr Paul Smith, Ryan McGoldrick and Patricia Young

The Fly (1986) is rated MA18+ for Bloody Horror Violence, Brief Sexuality and Moderate Language.

Friday 13th October

HOSTILE: ENGINEERING CHALLENGES IN SPACE

Movie: Gravity (2013)

Talk: Challenges behind space travel by Nicholas Ralph (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Visual Performance Art: Flatline

Planetarium Experience: Raelene Sommer (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Gravity is rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences and brief strong language.

Friday 20th October

FRAGILE: PLANET EARTH UNRAVELS

Movie: WALL-E (2008)

Talk: Transforming the Heart of Penrith by Andrew Hewson (Penrith City Council)

Exhibition: Winning images from the 2016 Penrith City Council Photo Competition

Interactive Installation: Susannah Williams

WALL-E is rated G.

Friday 27th October

THREAT: INTELLIGENCE IN OUR UNIVERSE

Movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Talk: Is there anybody out there? The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Dr Ain de Horta (Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory)

Sound and Dance Performance: Nicola Morton and Eugene Choi

The Day the Earth Stood Still  is rated G.

$15 (includes finger food), other food and drinks available for purchase.

This project is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government and is part of the Western Sydney Science Hub.

Co-Curators

Dr Anika Mostaert Bio

Anika has a BSC (Hons) in Marine Science, and PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of New South Wales (1994). She has extensive experience with advanced microscopy techniques with a particular interest in electron and atomic force microscopy for nanoscale imaging and nanomechanical properties of marine materials. Anika has held postdoctoral and lectureship appointments at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Ireland, and is a Fellow of the Irish Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. Anika has authored over 80 publications, including peer reviewed papers, book chapters, books, technical reports, abstracts, and patents. She has given more than 50 international conference presentations, invited conference talks and invited seminars, and has served on the Conference Scientific Committee and Conference Organising Committee for international conferences in Ireland and Turkey. She has held numerous EU, Irish and Australian research grants, with most recent projects focused on commercialising her patented technology utilising the mechanical properties of bioadhesives for biomedical applications.

Dr Paul Smith

Paul is a lecturer in music at the University of New England where he teaches composition and music theory. His works for theatre include the chamber opera “Fancy Me Dead”, first performed as part of the New Music Network Mini Series in 2015, and “The Spider Maiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom”, commissioned by Chamber.Sounds and premiered in Singapore in 2016. He is currently composing a new work in development – “Chop Chef: The Opera” – with librettist Julie Koh. Paul’s instrumental compositions include numerous pieces for keyboard. He has collaborated regularly with Italian pianist, Antonietta Lofreddo who has performed his work in Australia and Italy. She has released his pieces, “Kawaii Suite”, “Iceberg Variations”, and “Holding Masks” on three albums with Wirripang. Other commissions include “The Death of Baldr” for sextet by the Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

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