Highlights from Heart & Art

We recently had the pleasure hosting the only Canadian #AnatomyNights. It was such a fun experience for us! We learned from anatomy professor Claudia Krebs and surgeon/graduate student Najah Adreak about how our heart works through the dissection of a bovine heart (and we actually tugged the heartstrings). We also heard from physiology professor Carol Ann Courneya about the creativity medical and dental students demonstrated in the Heartfelt program. Lastly, medical illustrators Paige Blumer and Kate Campbell shared with us what the process of medical illustration is. Here are some highlights from the event, including the creations by our participants. We hope there will be another anatomy night soon – perhaps we will explore the brain next?

Highlights from Night Shift: Quantum Futures

Night Shift: Quantum Futures (April 5, 2018) was hosted by UBC Museum of Anthropology and curated by Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation, with collaborations from UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy and Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. This video was created by Curiosity Collider for the event “Et al 3: The Ultimate Bar Science Night” in Vancouver, BC on September 18, 2018.

Photo credits: Sarah Race and Theresa Liao
Music credit: “Quantum” by MMFFF

Participating artists and scientists: Alexander Sheyerman, Angelica Poversky, Étienne Lantagne-Hurtubise, Inverso Productions (Poet: Barbara Adler; Choreographer: Lesley Telford), James Day, Kathryn Wadel, Lesley Telford, Matt Horrigan, Niel Mclaren, Oguzhan (Oz) Can.

Project Highlight – Eclipse Metacycles

Curiosity Collider - Eclipse Total Alignment - Niel McLaren

Niel McLaren is a creative technologist based in Vancouver, BC. With a background in Computer Science and Psychology, he explores topics like distortion of time and space, geometry in nature, and how technology changes human interaction. His artwork often takes the form of interactive animations, video projections, and light sculptures and has been displayed in Your Kontinent Festival, the HR MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium, and Integrate Arts Festival. He was awarded Best in Innovation at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2016.

For our event Eclipse: Total Alignment in 2017, Niel created a couple spinning tops with which you can use to create your own alignment of the sun, moon, and earth. 

Niel also runs the Vancouver Creative Technology meetup and taught creative coding for a youth mentorship program for emerging artists at VIVO Media Arts Centre and Tangible Interaction. You can follow Niel on instagram and see what other projects he has been working on.

Feature image by Alina Sotskova (Voirelia.com).