Australian dramatist Alana Valentine, poet Tricia Dearborn and scientists Geraint Lewis, Tara Murphy and Zdenka Kuncic explore some home truths as they face off for a lively debate about the authenticity of art and science.
Stage plays can present human characters in action and show them in all their contradictions, perversions and complexities. Often what we see in such artworks are authentic, distilled portraits of human nature under pressure and, through dramatisation, we glimpse profound and deeper understanding of human life. So which is more truthful – facts and statistics or emotions and lived experience?
In Alana Valentine’s Ear to the Edge of Time, a poet writes a contentious verse about the life of a contemporary radio astronomer and it sends her into a life-changing crisis about the role of teamwork in 21st century science. The play is the result of extended conversations, interviews and observations of radio astronomers working specifically in the field of neutron star physics, both in Australia and internationally, and provides a provocative starting point for this lively forum about the relationship of art to science, and of both disciplines to the nature of truth in the 21st century.
This event was held at the Seymour Centre on Tuesday 16 October 2018.
Image: promotional image for Ear to the Edge of Time, a play by Alana Valentine, and presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co. at the Seymour Centre from 11-27 October, 2018.
Monday 15 October
Data and opinion often takes priority over soulful reading and writing in the digital age, but what are the costs of this need for speed and what benefits can we gain from it? Hear from renowned Australian creatives including poet Mark Tredinnick, Annamarie Jagose and more.
Wednesday 24 October
This talk uses documentary cinema to investigate the intertwined histories of media technology, social practice and political contention in China's 20th century.
Wednesday 31 October
Hear award-winning director Bruce Beresford (Ladies in Black, Driving Miss Daisy) discuss his impressive 50-year journey in cinema, from Australia to Hollywood, and his creative processes and philosophy on film, in this in-conversation event with Dr Bruce Isaacs.