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Art meets science at Brunel's Old Station

Press release issued: 23 October 2013

danceroom Spectroscopy, a remarkable installation that combines molecular physics, cutting edge technology, ambient sounds and performance dance, will be on show in Bristol this weekend [Thursday 24 – Saturday 25 October] before leaving the UK for an international tour.

Developed by Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and Pervasive Media Studio resident Dr David Glowacki, danceroom Spectroscopy is a remarkable new way to visualise the invisible nanoscale atomic world that makes up everything around us, including our own bodies.

A stunning 21-metre 360° visual projection will be created at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol that will shift and change as visitors play with their own movements and energy forces.

The show includes an award winning dance performance entitled ‘Hidden Fields’ [Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October] by a group of dancers whose beautifully choreographed movement creates unique interactive visualisations.  The daytime programme will feature several talks from Dr Glowacki explaining the meaning and the science behind danceroom Spectroscopy.

Dr Glowacki has been developing a way to visualise and interact with our own energies and molecules since becoming a Pervasive Media Studio resident in 2010.  He said: "It’s always been a challenge for scientists to visualise the invisible world of nano-molecules.  We're used to seeing ball and stick representations, but by working with a talented team comprised of musicians, computer scientists, choreographers, dancers and artists, we have been able to do something completely new and different – an interactive and inspiring way to catch a glimpse of the dynamic atomic world in which we’re embedded, and imagine how our own energy fields link to the atomic world that surrounds us all the time, but is too small for our eyes to see.  It’s incredible to experience, and will hopefully make us see ourselves in a completely different way."

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October, the exhibit will be open for free to schools and university students to enable children and young people to access scientific ideas through the power of art, movement, dance and sound.

danceroom Spectroscopy and Hidden Fields are supported by the University of Bristol, University of West of England, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Watershed (Bristol), the Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol), NVIDIA, and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).

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