Opposites Attract! Collaboration of Geology and Performance Art
  • Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences organises a regular series of research seminars throughout the academic year to which everyone is welcome to attend. Speakers - both external and internal to the University - will talk on topics related to all aspects of Earth Sciences.

Today's speaker is Dr Hazel Gibson from Plymouth University.

Often when geologists think about working with artists or creative professionals, it can be limited to using the medium to communicate the geologist's work or to act as inspiration for an artist, both one directional activities. However, collaborating with artists and performers can not only help you communicate your science, but help you understand it and how other people approach it better. 

The GeoOpera 'Earth Echoes' was a community performance of a geological opera, written as the opening ceremony for the 2016 Global Geoparks conference held in Torbay. An excellent example of when science-art collaborations go well, it was very well received and inspired many interesting discussions between scientists and the public. 

However, science-art collaborations can go even further. In an innovative series of three exploratory seminars, geologists, archaeologists and a stone mason met with social scientists, philosophers, artists, filmmakers and performance studies researchers to discuss geology and geological concepts (from geological time to resources) and explore how working collaboratively may inspire new practice. 

The seminars highlighted how engaging and collaborating with artists is useful and interesting and can give you interesting new perspectives on your work, beyond merely making it accessible to a new audience.

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