CoLABS is Western Sydney’s biggest outdoor art gallery powered by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The event will take place at Bungarribee Park in the October school holidays from 10am to 6pm Friday 29 September until Sunday 8 October 2017.
Visitors will tour the parklands to interact with large-scale art installations, interactive displays, sculptures and exhibits that foster scientific exploration and cultural expression.
Live programming will include drop-in science workshops and activities for kids.
Tickets to the event are $5 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased at: www.colabs.org.au
Inspired by STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has been identified as a national priority by the federal government to build the skills and capacity needed for the jobs of the future.
CoLABS was conceived to show how art and science can work together to engage and inspire the next generation to the possibilities and opportunities in STEM. CoLABS will help to unlock the creative capacity and imagination of western Sydney through an event that’s fun and engaging and developed for the people of the west.
Bear-Ometer of Positivity - Edison Chen
Control a four metre high inflatable bear with your smart phone Twitter account. Combines pop-art sensibility with technology & reflects the control we have on emotions through social media use. The more positive messages Bear-Ometer detects, the larger it will inflate.
Botanicus Musica – Jonathan Bolitho
Step into an interactive sound garden that comes to life by touching plants. Set in a 6 metre tall geodesic dome, Botanicus Music combines interactive art with botany, biology, horticulture and anthropology. Advanced touch sensing technology allows you to trigger a plant to produce sounds and stories.
Rhythmotron - MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development Western Sydney University
Play an algorithmic robotic percussion ensemble via a re-purposed piano. Software housed inside the piano produces a variety of rhythmic patterns. Rhythmotron will also feature two live events with the new Western Sydney Youth Orchestra performing specially developed pieces.
RAPP Lab: Robot Playmates - Damith Herath, Elizabeth Jochum, Marian Abboud, Vicki Van Hout
Beat the robot at its game! Play noughts and crosses with an advanced life-size manufacturing robot. This mix-media installation acknowledges the past, present and future through an interactive robot that plays tic-tac-toe with humans, framed by a digital backdrop that is both immersive and challenging.
Curious Chromoscope – Didier Balez, Rachelle Balez
Journey into the hidden world of your chromosomes via a giant kaleidoscope with this interactive sculptural installation. Created by a father and daughter team, Curious Chromoscope consists of large steel plate chromosomes and an oversize kaleidoscope.
Umbilical Arrangements - Mehwish Iqbal
Western Sydney artist Mehwish Iqbal celebrates the area’s cultural diversity in her large sculptural work, presented by WestConnex. Resembling the cellular structure found in nature, the work will be created in metal frame with brass skin.
Project Bread – Clayton Thompson
Explore an enormous pyramid constructed from 1700 bread crates. The 8 metre tall Project Bread represents the global wealth pyramid (1% of the world's population owns 50% of the wealth) and is essentially a series of mathematical equations.
The event is being held at Bungarribee Park in Western Sydney at the intersection of Doonside Road and Holbeche Road, Bungarribee NSW 2767.