Dark Science Returned!

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Dark Science Returned!

The Quad was super busy throughout August 2020 presenting Dark Science for National Science Week partnering with Northern Rivers Science Hub and supported by Inspiring Australia.


Following the hugely successful inaugural Festival in 2019; The Northern Rivers Science Hub and the Lismore Quadrangle celebrated National Science Week 2020 presenting Dark Science in our time of Covid. This year; The Quad has had to re-think, remodel and reshape the way we gather generally as a community in public spaces, and with Dark Science -to celebrate and investigate the intersection of where Art and Science meet. Covid-19 has forced us to transform and adapt the way we make art, the way we meet, the way we look at the world…..What transpired is one of those special moments where adaption creates opportunities. Dark Science delivered bite-size happenings and experiences; it took place online, in person, under cover of night and in the trees. We delved into the vastness surrounding us, our Indigenous Astronomy, peeking in at creatures under cover of night, planting emerging forests and diving into the deep blue, all whilst discovering the art in science.


Southern Cross University in partnership with Lismore Regional Gallery presented an online Thursday Night Live! With ‘Into The Deep Blue’. It offered insights and inquiries into workable solutions that generate healthy oceans, healthy economies and healthy communities.

Facilitator Dr Kristin den Exter was joined by award-winning contemporary artist Tamara Dean, drone scientist Professor Brendan Kelaher, and Great Barrier Reef marine scientist Kay Davis, both from subtropical Southern Cross University.

On the Friday, participants gathered at The Birdwing Butterfly Gully in Goonellabah for ‘Into The Wild Night’.  We all strapped on night vision goggles and be led through the gully by the wise and enigmatic Wendy Bithell of Vision Walks. We saw all manner of nocturnal creatures, and experienced night vision.


Saturday was ‘Into The Space Between’ where The Quad joined forces with North Coast Astronomy to present a magical fireside night with galaxies, Indigenous Astronomy insights with Waradjuri woman; Kirsten Banks, and captivating projections by artist; Andy Forbes, set off with sweet tunes in The Quad.


Kirsten’s zoom presentation can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/LismoreQuadrangle/videos/347281786299778


On Sunday we went ‘Into The Trees Green’, led by Wilsons River Landcare where over 450 rare indigenous plants were planted along the river

  • 'Into the Deep Blue'  Thursday 13 August
  • ‘Into the Wild Night’ Friday 28 August
  • 'Introduction to Indigenous Astronomy' Zoom session with Kirsten Banks. Saturday 29 August 6pm
  • ‘Into the Space Between’ Saturday 29 August
  • ‘Into the Trees Green’ Sunday 30 August