‘What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know’ (St Augustine)
What if time did not really pass or flow? If there was no real difference between past and future? If ‘now’ were just a matter of where you happen to be, just like ‘here’? How can we square our day-to-day experience of time with these incredible claims made by leading physicists?
Theatre, dance, psychology, and philosophy combine forces to grapple with the puzzle of time, introduced by experts Professor Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick) and Professor Teresa McCormack (Queen’s University Belfast). In an evening of ‘time based art’ performances, artists from Big Telly Theatre Company (Portstewart), Bbeyond Performance Art (Belfast), and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company (Derry-Londonderry) explore what it means to exist and do things in a time-bound world.
Supported through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
What are the heart strings? How does the heart beat? Where is the hole in the heart? Join Clinical Anatomist, Dr Kat Sanders and science communicator, Emer Maguire as they take you on a tour of this remarkable organ this Valentine’s Day.
Please note – This session will include a dissection of an animal heart on-stage.
Join Neuroscientist Dr Niamh Kennedy and professional Harpist Ursula Burns as they explore the neuroscience of music and how the brain controls movement. Building on Dr Kennedy’s research where she imaged the brains of harpists, this interactive demonstration will show how the brain works during playing of instruments. Featuring a new piece by Ursula in which she plays piano and harp at the same time, Niamh will take a live image her brain with live data visualisation.
Dr Niamh Kennedy is a cognitive neuroscientist at Ulster University with specific interest in the neurophysiology. Her research has actively involved looking at the recovery of individuals with stroke and brain injury, the interaction between motor, sensory and cognitive aspects of behaviour.
Ursula Burns is “the most Dangerous Harpist in the World”. The songwriter from Belfast has 5 independently released albums – the most recent “The Dangerous Harpist”. She has toured the world with her music and has written a wealth of music for theatre and Circus.
Credit – Art work By Leo Boyd, Photo by James Lyttle
Your brain is lying to you. You have more than five senses. And you can hear the difference between IPA and stout. Pete Brown has been running experimental beer tastings pairing top tunes and beers for six years. This talk is a mixture of fandom, humour, and genuine neuro-scientific research. Think it sounds like nonsense? Come along to the Black Box and have your sense challenged. If you’re right, you’ll at least taste some great beers. If you’re wrong, you just might taste them like you never have before.