Dublin - Marrying Art and Science at the Science Gallery

The Science Gallery in Dublin seems to be a sort of art gallery centered around the theme of science.  They host lectures, and music events in addition to the exhibits themselves.  We were there during BIORHYTHM which focused on how people and their bodies interact with sound.
The first interactive exhibit that we encountered was by far the most fun.  We took different sources (cubes), "players" (rounds), and modifiers (squares) and placed them on the futuristic looking board.  Depending on where you put the elements in relation to one another and how you rotated the individual units, you could create an artful mix of sound.  Unfortunately, we are not musical at all so our creation was a bit of a cacophony rather than a symphony.  It was still completely mesmerizing and fun to play with.  Highly recommended.
The other exhibit that I really enjoyed was based on these wooden towers.  Participants don an apron with cubes or stripes in different colors.  The camera on the end of the slumped tower would "play" based on the colors.  You could take the camera and run it over the apron to create a pleasing array of sound.  I was really starting to get my groove on despite my limited musical talent.
A couple other exhibits revolved around the interaction of sound with the body.  In one instance, participants crawled into a sort of hard-sided sleeping bag and were enveloped in sound that was meant to invoke the inner workings of the artist's body.  I think he was hungry -- there was a lot of gurgling.  In another exhibit, you lay down on a mattress and deep base rocks your body at rather sporadic intervals.  Unusual stuff...

There was also this ear that you could make sounds into that would be incorporated at other parts of the exhibits.
We had a lot of fun exploring the Science Gallery and stayed a bit longer than anticipated.  The sun was starting to set and created this great reflection on the Science Gallery Building.  If you're in Dublin, I recommend that you make time for a visit.  BIORHYTHM runs until October 1, 2010.

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