Darklight are pleased to be working with the UCD Imagine Science Film Festival. We’re collaborating on a couple of events over the course of the festival, which launches this Thursday 5 July and runs until Saturday July 14 in various locations across Dublin.
About the Festival
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival is an innovative project developed by UCD in collaboration with the prestigious Imagine Science Film Festival New York, taking place in Dublin from Thursday July 05 – Saturday July 14.
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival presented in association with Science Foundation Ireland aims to give the public an exciting way to access current and thought-provoking scientific issues through an incredible line-up of films, shorts, animations, discussions and a pop up programme of shorts in a mobile cinema.
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival showcases a selection of international and Irish films that address a wide range of scientific topics, chosen to fuel debate and discussions about how science impacts our lives.
Expect to be inspired across an imaginative range of scientific spectrums following a cinematic trail from The Lighthouse Cinema to The Sugar Club, Science Gallery to The Factory with a stop off at Meeting House Square for a special screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult classic Solaris.
Darklight & UCD Science Film Festival events
Art in Science / Science in Art is a cross-discipline collaboration with UCD Imagine Science Film Festival and Darklight Festival 2012 presented with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland. Discover a world where visual art, film, performance and science collide. Highlights include the Irish premiere ofSemiconductor Films, the creative brainchild of UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Music and science are centre stage for Sci-Lens featuring Dan Truman, a laptop orchestra and the Yurodny Ensemble. Sci-Lens are at the cutting edge of design and new gestural interfaces, translating traditional music from around the world into contemporary language and exploring the meaning of sound in space.
Date: Thursday 12th July | Time: 18.00 | PRICE €10 / €5 Students/Unwaged
Venue: The Factory, Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Art in Science / Science in Art – presented by UCD Imagine Science Film Festival and Darklight Festival
Visual art, film and science collide beautifully on Thursday July 12th when we present the Irish premier of Semiconductor Films, the creative brainchild of UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world; how we experience and try to create an understanding of it, questioning our own place in the physical universe. Their work has been screened, and exhibited globally, including: The Royal Academy London; Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC and Venice Biennale Italy. Their works include: Black Rain, a video installation which uses satellite image data to observe the space between the Sun and the Earth; Indefatigable, a film observing scientists at work on the Galapagos Islands; and Magnetic Movie, an animation exploring the material nature of interplanetary magnetic fields at a NASA space sciences laboratory.
Sci – Lens Yurodny Ensemble
Date: Friday 13th July | Time: 20:30 | Tickets €10 / €5 Students/Unwaged
Venue: The Factory, Barrow Street, Dublin 2
Presented by UCD Imagine Science Film Festival and Darklight Festival, our second night at The Factory is an exceptional performance not to be missed. This is extra special evening event featuring a world leader in the field of computer music, Dan Truman, a laptop orchestra and the nine exceptional musicians of theYurodny Ensemble. Sci-Lens involves the design and building of new gestural interfaces; physical and virtual electronics for the translation of traditional music from around the world into contemporary language, and an exploration of the meaning of sound in space.
Current explorations in network theory and the organic mathematics of chaos are leading to the development of a new theory of universality that brings the aims of Science and Art ever closer together. In the language of music, it is a common axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Sci-Lens attempts to find a proof for this, in seeking the ultimate goal of both fields: creativity and inspiration
Other Festival highlights:
Be part of an audience with Nobel Prize winner James Watson, esteemed American molecular biologist, geneticist, zoologist, author and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1954 with Frances Crick. This event accompanies the Irish premiere of The Race for the Double Helix featuring Jeff Goldblum, Tim Piggot-Smith and Juliet Stephenson.
Celebrate the transformative power of technology via Higgs, Into the Heart of Imagination by Jan and Hannie van den Bergh. Take a journey inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on a quest for the Higgs particle, sometimes called “The God Particle” – the missing link in particle physics.
Avant-Garde Science: explore the influence of pioneers in motion pictures on contemporary science films with very special guest scientist and filmmaker Prof Luis Nieto. In 2009, he co-directed an experimental protocol on animal communication in Japan and taught cinematographic language to a monkey named “Capucine”. This successful process led to Capucine getting the title of the first monkey filmmaker in the world. Nieto has something very special planned for Dublin. Expect the unexpected!
Join filmmakers Al and Al with legendary Columbia University scientist Prof Brian Green at the Irish premiere of The Creator and post screening discussion. The Creator journeys into the surreal dream world of the visionary scientist Alan Turing, the father of the computer age and seed of Thinking Machines.
Dive into Imagine Consciousness – an international short film selection that offers an unusual look at what makes us human; including a probing panel discussion on human empathy and the impact of mirror neurons in the social brain. Programme opens with abNormal by Wellcome Trust Film maker and Multimedia Director, Barry J. Gibb. This selection also features Prof Dr Christian Keysers, author of The Empathic Brain whose research challenges our understanding of human nature.
Inside Out – a collection of rare short films capturing glimpses of both the microscopic and macroscopic worlds. Expect thought-provoking and entertaining insights into the rich spectrum of human existence, from the DNA level, to the expanse of the solar system.
Science for Nanos: Discover a selection of child friendly science films with topics that range from a tree’s lifecycle, to the psychology of insects. These animated and educational shorts will capture the attention of the whole family and make science entertaining for even the youngest in your group.
For full Festival details please check: http://www.ucdimaginescience.ie/