Particle/Wave is an exploration of gravity waves through art and science showcased under the spectacular dome of the planetarium.
Poets, musicians, sound and video artists – alongside renowned scientists – have collaborated to present a creative glimpse of the incredible story of gravitational waves. Over one hundred years ago Albert Einstein suggested gravitational waves could be a natural outcome of his general theory of relativity, which states that very massive objects distort the fabric of space and time—an effect we perceive as gravity.
Gravitational waves are the ripples in that spacetime, traveling away from their original source: exploding stars, collisions between neutron stars, merging black holes or a single star rotating briskly and irregularly. These waves are washing over Earth all the time, but our instruments have not been sensitive enough to detect them until recently. This breakthrough has been recognised with the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said, ‘Gravitational waves provide a completely new way of looking at the universe.’ How do we observe this discovery through the lens of humanity? What stories do gravitational waves tell?
Particle/Wave has had sellout seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, World Science Festival Brisbane and National Science Week (Australia). It has also played at New Scientist Live (2019) and Jena Fulldome Festival (2019).
With writers ALICIA SOMETIMES, KRISSY KNEEN, MAXINE BENEBA CLARKE, LISA GORTON, OMAR MUSA, JORDIE ALBISTON and sound artists ANDREW WATSON, CAMILLA HANNAN and NAT BATES and video by ANDREW WATSON, ISOBEL KNOWLES and BENJAMIN PORTAS. Scientists: KATIE MACK, KENDALL ACKLEY, ALAN DUFFY and LING SUN.
Directed and produced by Alicia Sometimes
With support from OzGrav, Museum Victoria and Creative Victoria.
Entry via level 3 Event Suite (level 3 Millennium Point). Doors open 6.45pm. Owing to layout of the building, and to reduce disruption to the event, the doors will be closed at 7.05pm and no late entry will be permitted.
Suitable for ages 16+
Pre-booking is essential. Book tickets online or phone 0121 348 8263 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm). Please select the correct date when booking online.