Set in Calgary, Canada – Beakerhead is an annual international movement at the crossroads of creativity and engineering…. A citywide, highly participatory event that explodes in major educational institutions, arts and culture venues, on the streets and, most importantly, in communities. Year-round programming will culminate each year in a massive four-day spectacle each September starting September 11-15, 2013.
Spring / Summer 2013 Programs:
Pedal-Powered Contraption Workshop (May 2013)
Art bike… Pedal-powered contraption… Green machine…. Here’s your chance to turn an existing bike or a heap of scrap metal and tires into a mobile work of art. Don’t know how to weld? Not sure you’ve got the design skills? That’s OK!
Join designers and builders Kevan Leycraft and Rob Ward to imagine and build your own custom bike path cruiser. This workshop is for all ages, however youth must be accompanied by an adult. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Beakerhead High School Summer Intensive (July 8-25, 2013)
The Beakerhead Summer Intensive is a three-week hands-on experience for high school students in Calgary and surrounding school districts. Students will focus on designing and building a project that merges art, science and engineering – with access to learning areas such as mechanical art, wearable technology, kinetic sculpture, and culinary arts under expert guidance. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
September 11-15, 2013 : THE FIRST ANNUAL BEAKERHEAD!
Through programming partnerships and community initiatives, Beakerhead is fuelled by groups and individuals in art, culture, science, engineering and technology. Everyone can (and is encouraged to) get involved. Join in!
Here’s how the 2013 spectacle is shaping up. Major announcements will be made in June 2013!
PRODUCTIONS: local and internationally commissioned and co-produced grand openings, premieres, productions, and concerts.
INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS: city-wide illuminated art works and 3-D projections, international professional and student challenges, mechanical sculptures, interactive races, local restaurant programs and more.
SPEAKERHEAD: education and outreach programs such as artist and engineer-in-residence programs, professional speaker series, classroom programs and more.
INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING COMPETITION: 16 teams of the world’s top student engineers will compete in an intense 48-hour design and build challenge.
BEAKERNIGHT: A night of interactive and illuminated art, performances, workshops, art car / art bike parades and more.
Everyone is empowered to build, stage, exhibit and compete in interactive works.
Everyone can join! Want to take part? Join in!
Format and Goals:
Events will take place indoors and out, including ticketed and free events, and involving venues and public spaces throughout the city – and it’s all starting now! Partnerships are continuously forming and a calendar of events and programs is being developed.
Together, Beakerhead will:
- Engage people and communities – in hands-on public spectacles and contests.
- Experiment – culturally – with science, art and engineering. Let’s test limits!
- Commission new works – in new media, music, theatre, visual arts, dance.
- Invite collaborations – between artists, scientists and engineers.
- Invite collaborations – between local, Canadian and international experts.
- Curate new exhibitions and performances.