Art and Science Collide @Beakerhead!

 In cSPACE News, Events

A collision of art and science wowed and inspired many over 5 days in the cSPACE Camera Obscura Art Studio at this year’s Beakerhead! Visitors entered curious, and left amazed and speechless having been thoroughly immersed in a unique creative experience. Visuals were reversed, gravity flipped on its head, and a new dimension was revealed, all captured by the skill of an artists hand, using the ancient technology of the camera obscura.


Talented Calgary artists were on site participating in our camera obscura community art project that connected Calgary’s creative talent with the public through art and science. Participants were invited to bring their most ambitious ideas, artists and the public alike, resulting in an eclectic artistic performance, including dancing on the ceiling, kids on motorcycles, shiney robots, steampunk cosplay, and a couple of gorillas too!


cSPACE was exhilarated to work with such talented and accomplished artists, including:

  • Chris Cran who had donated his amazing camera obscura chamber for our project
  • Mark Vazquez-MacKay, masterful visual artist, expert figure painter, and ACAD painting instructor
  • Verna Vogel, skilled abstract landscape painter and portrait artist
  • Gorilla House/Rumble House proprietors, passionate visual artists and teachers, Rich Theroux and Jessica Szabo
  • Last but certainly not least, the visitors to the exhibit aged 2 to 85, who brought their imagination, creativity and eagerness to learn

Demonstrating the power of creative collaboration, The Camera Obscura Art Studio serves as an extension of the cSPACE mission to connect people and ideas through place. This community art project has increased awareness and support for Western Canada’s first purpose-built creative hub and arts incubator at the historic King Edward. cSPACE thanks all of the attendees who came out over the five days at Beakerhead to support our project and city-building vision.


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