A free after-dark festival celebrating all things experimental, brave and mysterious.
Kooky, wacky, weird and wonderful. DARK SCIENCE is a new freaky festival of fun that will occupy Lismore Quad for two nights after dark on Fri 16 and Sat 17 August. Set during science week, DARK SCIENCE is a free event celebrating the intersection between provocative art, performance and the sciences – for adults!
“The Quad is thrilled to be launching our first DARK SCIENCE festival. The Northern Rivers region is full of creative, experimental, underground artists and performers who are pushing the boundaries,” says Marisa Snow, Quad Placemaking Officer “DARK SCIENCE provides a new platform for those works to be presented. It is a free showcase of creative works and experiences that sit outside the mainstream – performance, music, film, visual art as well as many things that defy neat categorization! Some of DARK SCIENCE will be provocative, even shocking, but it will also be hilarious, awe-inspiring and a lot of fun.”
As the holder of more than 55 Guinness World Records The Space Cowboy is leading the frontier of extreme performance and has baffled doctors and scientists across the globe. The Space Cowboy has created new show especially for DARK SCIENCE called ‘Imagination Rules the World’ packed with thrilling stunts, science trickery and mental marvels. Experience him sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling and more as he pushes the boundaries of science and possibility.
Splendour in the Grass stalwart Andy Forbes brings his unique style of performance installation to DARK SCIENCE with a macabre show set in a vintage caravan. Two gothic characters, Mr Filthy and Professor Pickles, undertake a durational performance over four hours exploring themes of science gone wrong and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein set to an eerie soundtrack of War of the Worlds.
Travel the bass spacewaves with Intergalactic Dub Lab, a live roots dub mix-up with DJ Wonkytooth at the controls of a custom-built sound system while well-known visual artist Kellie O’Dempsey draws large-scale projections in DARK SCIENCE’s new venue – The Dub Dome.
Experience the sounds of Uniglo as costumed anti-heroes Zeta von Tack and Percival Sealevel mesmerize audiences with their own blend of uniCore; a fusion of electronic styles, punk, industrial and metal, delivered through loops blended with female vocals, guitars and the occasional slice of live drums.
Come together on Saturday night to learn a pop song in three-part harmony in a special Dark Shire Choir pop-up singing experience (separately ticketed $10 event). Singers and non-singers all welcome. The suitably dark pop song will not be revealed until the night!
Public Act Theatre will perform ‘The Conduits’ a two-hour interactive performance art piece involving 5 performers and members of the audience combining physical theatre, movement, projection, sound and ‘automatic painting’.
A new work being created in residence at The Quad – Eve on Tour: Encounter on a Precarious Surface will build sculptures with scaffolding, create rhythms with bodies and objects and dance rapturous choreography to rock songs. Berlin-based Italian born performers MariaGiulia Serantoni and Andrea Parolinjoin local Kate McDowell to run a daily workshop (12th -15th August from 10am – 1pm) at The Quad open to all professional and non-professional participants who identify as a woman. Workshop participants will then take part in the performance at DARK SCIENCE.
The dark dungeons’ of the Conservatorium of Music will feature a host of work and installations such as the Dark Museum of intrigue by Cloudbeard and AñA Wojak, animated videos by Karena Wynn Moylan and interactive art and DJ’s from the Social Futures Club House – who’ll be specially opening their doors late. The Lismore Regional Gallery will also be keeping their doors open into the evening so people can experience the Idle Worship exhibition.
Another of The Con’s spaces will be transformed into the Alchemist’s Den for Al Khem -enter in silence for a performance and sound work exploring ancient alchemy and the transmutation of base metal into gold, performed by Galaxy Stone and Luxul, presented by Octopus π.
North Coast Astronomy will be out in the Quad precinct with their mega powerful telescopes so you can watch the moon rise and see our galaxy up close.
Exploring all things experimental, borderline, out-there, dark, brave and mysterious DARK SCIENCE is an experience like no other! The free event will unfold over two nights Fri 16 & Sat 17 August at Lismore Quad and the surrounding buildings.
Friday 16 & Saturday 17 August
A free after-dark festival celebrating all things experimental, brave and mysterious
The Quad, 11 Rural St, Lismore