UWE scientists hit the West End

Issue date: 16 October 2009

Pop art by Professor Richard Luxton 'Imagine a Spectacle' at the Bloomsbury Theatre Thursday 22 October

Scientists from the Institute of Biosensing Technology (IBST) at the University of the West of England will tread the boards at London's Bloomsbury Theatre on Thursday 22 October for a one off performance entitled 'Imagine a Spectacle'.

'Imagine a Spectacle' brings together people working in the worlds of Art and Science and IBST is taking part in its capacity as a pioneering research institute in novel sensing technology. 'Imagine a Spectacle' is a partnership performance organised by mi (Meant to Inspire), a group standing for a new approach in global conceptualisation, Kingston University, the Bloomsbury Theatre and UWE.

Professor Richard Luxton, Director of IBST and Urszula Strzemiecka, Marketing Officer in IBST will appear in the first and second acts.

Richard Luxton, “This is an exciting collaboration between artists and scientists and the idea that by working together we can achieve more. The work at IBST has at its heart the idea that by fusing science with technology it is possible to come up with solutions in all spheres of life. My performance will focus on just this. I'll be on stage engaged in an intellectual discussion set in a jazz bar environment where I'll be discussing the projects past and future that we are working on at IBST. An alternative approach to a debate can produce an alternative path for ideas.

“The core aspiration of IBST is to bring various ideas into the pool of diverse knowledge to fuse extraordinary and fruitful initiatives. It is exciting to have an interdependent collaboration between unusual spheres working towards a synergy.”

Urszula Strzemiecka is currently working as a Marketing Officer in IBST but her passion lies in cultural media communication. She has worked with a charity theatre group assisting in devising educational workshops. Urszula said, “We are both working on open script performance, my presentation will focus on novel ideas in the world of technology. The key element of the whole project is to highlight the importance of the actual mechanism of problem solving, the thought process of collaborating and discussing ideas together in order to come up with something completely innovative.”

The performance backdrop includes some amazing photographs, taken by Professor Luxton, who is also a keen and talented amateur photographer. This stunning backdrop also shows a fusion of art and science as Richard has added his own 'pop art' interpretation with cellular artworks mirroring Warhol screen prints.
Rafau Sieraczek, Managing Director of mi said, “'Imagine a spectacle' is designed with passion. It is a space created to inspire, discover and share and a new medium for exploring ideas and stimulating reflection. Imagine a theatre act that connects the orchestral, academic and audience with playing cards, a stage for innovative thinking and actors with fervour to create new forms and structures. 'Imagine a spectacle' will be an interactive co-experience, a galvanized spectator and a moment that initiates a process of change.”

The performance also includes choreographer Melanie Clarke; Luke Corradine, a music producer, composer and founder of electro-acoustic project Roebeck; Piers Ibbotson' is a respected speaker, coach and facilitator; Miguel Imas who studies and writes about violence, creativity, sustainability and change among workers and indigenous organisations in Latin America and Africa and Lyndsay Mann, an artist using sound, sculpture, video, performance and installation.

For more information see www.imagineaspectacle.net


Editors notes:

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST), www.biosensingtech.co.uk based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, works with industry and researchers with the aim of creating multidisciplinary partnerships to develop novel bio-sensing technology.

The scope of the Institute is broad - ranging from the development of technology for detection and measurement of biological systems to the integration of biological systems into novel sensing technology. By consolidating talents and experience from across a range of subject areas we are able to respond to larger challenges presented by industry and public sector.

This breath of discipline areas that contribute to the development of a bio-sensing system include: Sensor technology, Data analysis, Biomarkers, Instrumentation, Communications, Sensor Evaluation and Prototype development. Some of the Technologies currently being developed include: Paramagnetic particle-based detection system, Impedance spectroscopy, Screen printed electrode technology, bioluminescent bacteria and more.

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