The Imaginarium (Being Human Festival 2017)

Being Human Festival 2015A Being Human Festival 2017 event

What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? What is bullet time? What is monster theory?

The Imaginarium, a showcase for the arts and sciences, comprises eight rooms in the Dalhousie Building stuffed with ongoing, "drop-by" activities (i.e. join us when you can):

(1) Telling Tall Tales (a creative writing workshop with Eddie Small) (2G14: 4-6pm)

(2) A BART Psychology Lab (1LG03: 2-5pm)

(3) The Mega-Knitting Room (2G13: 2-5pm)

(4) The VR Museum (2S17: 2-5pm)

(5) The Comics Studio (with pop-up book-making) (2S14: 2-5pm)

(6) A Gulliver's Travels Art Installation (2S16: 2-5pm)

(7) The Green-Screen Film Studio (in the Drama Studio: 2-5pm)

(8) The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures (Lecture Theatre 1: 2-5pm, details below).

Various rooms will also include looped film screenings, such as Dame Sue Black's Martian Autopsy and various classic animations of Gulliver's Travels.

Ushers will be available to take you on a tour of the different rooms on the day itself.

The Imaginarium Lightning Lectures

2pm to 2.45pm
Daniel Cook (English) - Introduction
Keith Williams (English) – A Quick History of Bullet Time
Nicholas Wade (Psychology) - The Science and Art of Vision

3pm to 4.45pm
Karen Petrie (Computing) - The Growth of Artificial Intelligence
Hope Roulstone (English) – On Monster Theory
Anna Robb (Education) - Why All Schools Should Be Art Schools

4pm to 4.45pm
Dominic Smith (Philosophy) – The Tay Bridge Disaster
Roger (Ruo-Qian) Wang (Civil Engineering) - Crowd-sourcing Data and Urban Flooding
Adam Cuthbert (English) - On Camera-Eye and the Stream of Consciousness
 
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Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found

The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one else could.

The School of Humanities at the University of Dundee has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Wellcome Trust to retain its status as a national “hub” in the UK’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities, building on previous successes (“Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Frankenstein Begins” in 2015 and “H. G. Wells at 150: Hope and Fear” in 2016). 


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