Time-travelling AR and gallery gigs – Curiocity Brisbane is transforming the city into one giant playground
We’re only in February, but 2021’s events calendar is already shaping up to be pretty spectacular. One festival that is set to transform our city into one massive adventure destination is Curiocity Brisbane, a 17-day celebration of science, art and technology. Encompassing all things fun and inspiring, this exhilarating event returns to our river city from March 12–28.
From interactive installations to thought-provoking conversations, Curiocity Brisbane has lifted the curtain on an intriguing program of happenings sure to spark inspiration across three exciting weeks in March. The 17-day celebration of science, art and technology will transform Brisbane into a world of discovery with more than 60 Curiocities taking over the city. The family-friendly festival also includes the awe-inspiring World Science Festival Brisbane, a Curious Conversations series hosted by Australian author and journalist Benjamin Law, GOMA’s song-fuelled The Motorcycle Up Late event and the unveiling of the winners of the Queensland Schools Challenge, which saw brainy high-school students battle it out in a competition of ideas.
So what are these Curiocities, you ask? They’re an eye-popping collection of 28 never-before-seen installations created by local and international artists and makers. Curious visitors of all ages can explore, create and play with the physical and digital Curiocities scattered across four precincts – the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, South Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, and the Brisbane CBD. Highlights include the immersive Augmented Reality (AR) work Maiwar AR, which transports players to the day prior to first settlement through their phone, and Artificial Ecology, an AR artwork where event-goers can use their Sims skills of days past to build a digital ecosystem. Other exciting works include The Party Button, an interactive artwork made up of ‘walking’ and ‘stop’ traffic lights and a traffic light button, and Evanescent, a bubble-like artwork driven by the forces and natural occurrences within our changing world.
Feeling inquisitive about this grand showcase of works? You can explore the full Curiocity program over at the official website.