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Minerva Scientifica

St David's Room Strand Campus
Culture, Other
22/10/2015 (18:30-20:00)

Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2015 - Fabrication

Presented by the Arts & Humanities Research Instititute.

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Minerva Scientifica - bugs bones & DNA

How many women scientists can you name? Miriam Rothschild ... Mary Anning ... Rosalind Franklin ... What influence have these formidable characters had on entomology, palaeontology and DNA research?

Ever wondered how to sing a gene? Pondered on the harmonies of genetic mutation? Considered the translation of science into sound? What really happened in the bowels of King’s over a microscope and some strands of DNA?

There will be more questions and some answers in this immersive programme of innovative musictheatre works, created by some of the UK’s leading composers collaborating directly with scientists at the cutting edge of research.

An Electric Voice Theatre production.
Patron – Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music)
Performed by Electric Voice Theatre Vocal Quartet:
Mary Anning by Judith Bingham for solo voice and stones
Miriam by Karen Wimhurst for bass clarinet & solo voice
The Franklin Effect by Kate Whitley, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Lynne Plowman, Shirley Thompson and Frances M Lynch in collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Kuipers (Psychology), Dr Claire Sharpe (Renal Sciences), Professor Mairi Sakellariadou (Physics), Professor
Ellen Solomon (Genetics) for Vocal Quartet
Artistic Director: Frances M Lynch

Can we hear the shape of our universe?

Electric Voice Theatre has been active in the UK and Europe as a multidisciplinary music-theatre ensemble of singers and designers for sound, light and stage since 1985. Performance highlights include appearing in Florence for Luciano Berio; award winning film, TV and performance projects with Judith Weir; appearing as part of a Tracy Emin exhibition at MOMA, Oxford; and extensive touring to festivals in Japan, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. EVT are developing Minerva Scientifica at King’s College London with the kind assistance of various departments, the projects’ women scientists and with Professor Brian Sutton, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. The Franklin Effect is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by the Cultural Institute at Kings.

Please view a short video of their work here.

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