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Inspired by Uncomfortable Science: Event

Performance and lecture put on by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA)

  • The Whipple Museum for the History of Science

Service Description

Experience a live performance incorporating visual art, music, theatre and dance as Diploma and Foundation students from Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) present a live interpretation of one of their mixed media outcomes - created in response to the Uncomfortable Cambridge tour of the Whipple Museum on 'Uncomfortable Science'. People of Science CSVPA lecturers and students from the Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma courses have created artworks in response to the engraving “Men of Science Living in 1807-8” and the title “People of Science in 2024". Works consider how science can be depicted from a 21st century perspective. Has anything changed since 1862, when the engraving was made, and the way scientists were viewed? What does contemporary science mean? Are there people from the past that should be more widely recognised? Outcomes include etching, mixed media drawing, painting, 3D objects, and digital collage. Tick, Click, Bang In the Whipple Museum, we can see playful relationships between people and objects through time; curious toys, devices, and imagery that play with scientific ideas. CSVPA students studying 3D design are developing a sensory experience involving touch and sound in response to objects from the museum’s collection. The designed tactile responses will explore the extraordinary concepts behind the Whipple collection, both emotionally and physically. The exhibition will also feature work from CSVPA lecturers in response to the Whipple Museum’s collection and the Uncomfortable Science, Whipple Museum tour, playfully exploring contemporary medical anxieties, obsessions for cures, and the relationship between scientific knowledge and power. This live event will bring one of these histories to life, in conversation with the object that inspired it. The performance will be followed by a talk on the historical relationship between medieval science and religion, by Dr Simone Kügeler-Race (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics), and an opportunity to talk directly with the artists about their creations. Main entrance on Free School Lane: The Main Entrance is suitable for visitors who are able to climb a flight of stairs comfortably. Accessible entrance at the back of the building: step-free access via the Pembroke Arch entrance on the New Museums Site. All practical information available on the Whipple Museum website:

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Tickets can be cancelled or rescheduled up to 24 hours before the scheduled tour time. Sometimes we take photographs on our tours for promotional purposes, for use on our website or social media pages. By booking with us, it is assumed that you consent to being photographed while participating in this activity. We always endeavor to avoid taking any images with faces visible. Your consent can be withdrawn at anytime before or after the activity, by emailing us directly.

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