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It's art vs science as curiosity and culture collide

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Brisbane residents and visitors will have the chance to see the state’s capital in ways they have never imagined when Curiocity returns to the River City later this month.

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Curiocity Brisbane celebrates creativity, technology, innovation, art and science, and includes dozens of free interactive pop-up events, displays and digital activations, which will be installed throughout precincts in New Farm, Fortitude Valley, South Bank, Captain Burke Park and the CBD.

The program runs from March 20 until April 5 and operates alongside QODE technology and innovation festival, World Science Festival Brisbane, WOW (Women of the World) Australia, and GOMA’s Water Up Late, and was attended by more than 300,000 people in its first year in 2019.

Curiocity’s artistic director Kris Stewart told InQueensland the event was a perfect fit for Brisbane, because it is a city willing to embrace innovation and change.

“One of the great things about Brisbane is it does want to reinvent itself, it does want to question things,” Stewart said.

“Curiocity can be a whole range of things, we wanted it to be able to capture everything from independent game development at one end and science in the middle, all the way to contemporary music at the other.”

Kangaroo Point’s Captain Burke Park will feature a range of interactive sculptures and installations, including Da Vinci’s Dream, which recreates Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machine sketches; KA3323, interactive satellite dish where sound waves trigger a spectacular light show; and Harp of the City, which is comprised of 13 hand-carved wooden harps that produce sound and an interactive light show.

New Farm and Fortitude Valley will host a range of events, including Deviator, a series of immersive, outdoor games guided by smartphones; SpHERes: an installation that features falling vapour orbs carrying important social statements; and Blips and Beats, which combines gaming and electronic music.

The South Bank cultural precinct will have displays including Now You See Me, giant interactive binoculars that present a unique view and vision of Brisbane; and Mycelium 4, which is comprised of digital installations that explore nature being projected on to the William Jolly Bridge.

Stewart said he expected Maiwar AR, which uses augmented reality and GPS to recreate what Brisbane would have looked like before European arrival, to be a particularly popular installation.

“You stand in a location and there’s a QR code, and what pops up on your phone is a 360-degree video that shows you what this location was 250 years ago,” he said.

“So you can actually stand there and see what this looks like now, but when you look through the lens of your phone it shows you an immersive environment to what this would have looked like the Turrbal and Jagara people centuries ago.”

Stewart said he wanted Curiocity to change people’s perceptions about science and innovation and to help them see Brisbane in a new light.

“A big part of this for me is about people reimagining and seeing through a different lens the city they live in,” he said.

“There are a lot of experiences that are about science and about technology but what we are saying is that it means something when people and creativity is in the middle of it.”

Curiocity Brisbane runs from March 20-April 5.  Visit curiocitybrisbane.com for a full list of events and locations

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