The first public exhibition of Brisbane-based artist Emma Lindsay’s Extinction Project will be held as part of the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane, 9-13 March 2016 at the Queensland Museum. This will be the first time the festival has been held outside of New York City. The World Science Festival brings together great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that presents the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience.
The Extinction Project is the result of 7 years of field trips and studio research on extinct Australian bird species and sub-species held in the Queensland Museum, national and global natural history museums. Lindsay’s Archive: Paintings & Photographs will be displayed in the main foyer of the Queensland Museum during the Festival as part of the On the wing exhibition program. The On the wing program includes an extensive display of birds from the Queensland Museum collections, the chance to see taxidermy demonstrations, and to learn about an important scientific global tracking project on migratory shore birds.
Celebrating the intersection of Science and Art, the WSFB 2016 will see events held at various Brisbane Festival sites by world-renowned scientists and researchers on diverse subjects such as birds, robotics, comets and space, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. The Full Program of Festival key speakers will be announced closer to the event, but so far includes presentations by Alan Alda (Emmy-award winning actor), Professor Brian Green (Columbia University), Artur B. Chmielewski (US Rosetta Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Janet Wiles (Complex and Intelligent Systems research group,University of Queensland), and Prof Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University, Director Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory).
For more information please visit the website at: http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au
The World Science Festival began in New York in 2008 and is an annual weeklong celebration and exploration of science. The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. The 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane has been made possible by the support of the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland.