The Night of Arts and Sciences

Chill vibes and crazy acrobatics

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The Night of Arts and Sciences

Chill vibes and crazy acrobatics

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In case you missed it, UKrant international photographer Felipe Silva captured some of the best parts of the 2019 Night of Arts and Sciences on Saturday, June 8. He offers his impressions along the way. ‘People seemed surprised that it was fun.’
Text by Megan Embry and Felipe Silva; photos by felipe silva
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‘The A Kerk was packed. There was this art instalment of a knitted neuron hanging from the ceiling that was a big hot spot for taking Instagram pics. It looked like one of those trees from Avatar.’

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‘The Drag Queen Story Hour really transported everyone back to primary school. The story was about a little animal who likes to dress up in both scales and feathers, to the confusion of his classmates. It was funny how receptive the audience was to the being read to: there were oohs and ahhs at all the right places.’

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‘Everyone I talked to said that beer yoga was the best event of the evening. A volunteer, Emma, said that when people first showed up, they thought was a joke. But it was actually really relaxing. “And surprisingly intense!” agreed Ella, a biology student. “But every time it starts to seem too hard, you can just take a sip of your beer and then clutch it to your heart again – which is where beer belongs.”‘

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‘There was a long line to test out this fancy prosthetic hand. People seemed surprised by how easy it was to operate and how agile the mechanism was. “I thought everything was going to be all science-y and boring”, said international relations student Bauke. “But these interactive activities are actually really fun.”‘

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‘The vibe at the university museum was pretty chill. Standing in the middle of the room surrounded by actual human brains, vertebrae, and fetuses felt like stepping into a low-budget version of the movie, Night at the Museum.’

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‘This event took centre stage at the A Kerk. A RUG neuroscience team demonstrated how they use EEG machines to measure brain synchrony between two people who are dancing together or playing music together. People seemed confused about what was supposed to be happening, because between the actual performances they spent a lot of time prepping the equipment, which wasn’t very dynamic.’

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‘Tim Hofman’s talk was the most anticipated event of the evening; the line went all the way down the stairs of the Academy building. The event was in Dutch, so I didn’t understand – obviously. But my fellow freelancer, Remco, understood everything. He said the presentation was kind of a disappointment. “It was way too short, and there wasn’t any engagement from the audience.”‘

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‘The Who to Tango dancers had these crazy acrobatics, suspended from the ceiling, that were very Cirque du Soleil. When they started performing, they basically stole the show. Pretty much everyone in the church stopped what they were doing and rushed over to watch.’

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In case you missed it, UKrant international photographer Felipe Silva captured some of the best parts of the 2019 Night of Arts and Sciences on Saturday, June 8. He offers his impressions along the way. ‘People seemed surprised that it was fun.’
text by Megan Embry and Felipe Silva; photos by felipe silva

The A Kerk was packed. There was this art instalment of a knitted neuron hanging from the ceiling that was a big hot spot for taking instagram pics. It looked like one of those trees from Avatar.

The Drag Queen Story Hour really transported everyone back to primary school. The story was about a little animal who likes to dress up in both scales and feathers, to the confusion of his classmates. It was funny how receptive the audience was to the being read to: there were oohs and ahhs at all the right places.

Everyone I talked to said that beer yoga was the best event of the evening. A volunteer, Emma, said that when people first show up, they think it’s a joke. But it’s actually really relaxing. ‘Yes, and surprisingly intense!’ agreed Ella, a biology student. ‘But every time it starts to seem too hard, you can just take a sip of your beer and then clutch it to your heart again – which is where beer belongs.’

There was a long line to test out this fancy prosthetic hand. People seemed surprised by how easy it was to operate and how agile the mechanism was. ‘I thought everything was going to be all science-y and boring’, said international relations student Bouke. ‘But these interactive activities are actually really fun.’

The vibe at the university museum was pretty chill. Standing in the middle of the room surrounded by actual human brains, vertebrae, and fetuses felt like stepping into a low-budget version of the movie, Night at the Museum.

This event took centre stage at the A Kerk. A RUG neuroscience team demonstrated how they use EEG machines to measure brain synchrony between two people who are dancing or playing music together. People seemed confused about what was supposed to be happening, because between the actual performances they spent a lot of time prepping the equipment, which wasn’t very dynamic.

Tim Hoffman’s talk was the most anticipated event of the evening; the line went all the way down the stairs of the academic building. The event was in Dutch, so I didn’t understand – obviously. But my fellow freelancer, Remco, understood everything. He said the presentation was kind of a disappointment. ‘It was way too short, and there wasn’t any engagement from the audience.’

The Who to Tango dancers had these crazy acrobatics, suspended from the ceiling, that were very Cirque du Soleil. When they started performing they basically stole the show. Pretty much everyone in the church stopped what they were doing and rushed over to watch.

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