Mind the Gap

According to @MindtheGapEU, an Erasmus+ project where GSO is represented as one of the approaches, digital technology can increase participation in arts education by breaking down geographical and social barriers, enabling educators to connect with communities who rarely participate in cultural experiences. Check out @MindtheGapEU guidelines and recommendations for how create inclusive art practices, on the webpage .

GSO4SCHOOL final conference

Here is the link to the final conference for the GSO4SCHOOL Erasmus project. It starts at ca. 1:24.

Unfold the Universe

The 2023 Global Science Opera will be inspired by the data and images collected by the WEBB telescope.

The bright star at the center of NGC 3132, while prominent when viewed by NASA’s Webb Telescope in near-infrared light, plays a supporting role in sculpting the surrounding nebula. A second star, barely visible at lower left along one of the bright star’s diffraction spikes, is the nebula’s source. It has ejected at least eight layers of gas and dust over thousands of years.
But the bright central star visible here has helped “stir” the pot, changing the shape of this planetary nebula’s highly intricate rings by creating turbulence. The pair of stars are locked in a tight orbit, which leads the dimmer star to spray ejected material in a range of directions as they orbit one another, resulting in these jagged rings.
Hundreds of straight, brightly-lit lines pierce through the rings of gas and dust. These “spotlights” emanate from the bright star and stream through holes in the nebula like sunlight through gaps in a cloud.
But not all of the starlight can escape. The density of the central region, set off in teal, is reflected by how transparent or opaque it is. Areas that are a deeper teal indicate that the gas and dust are denser – and light is unable to break free.
Data from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) were used to make this extremely detailed image. It is teeming with scientific information – and research will begin following its release.
This is not only a crisp image of a planetary nebula – it also shows us objects in the vast distances of space behind it. The transparent red sections of the planetary nebula – and all the areas outside it – are filled with distant galaxies.
Look for the bright angled line at the upper left. It is not starlight – it is a faraway galaxy seen edge-on. Distant spirals, of many shapes and colors, also dot the scene. Those that are farthest away – or very dusty – are small and red.
For a full array of Webb’s first images and spectra, including downloadable files, please visit: https:

Link to Creavolution

Click on the image, and see the Creavolution!

Creavolution

Where does creativity come from? Is it in the brain? In my body’s muscle-memory? Is it in my heart or my soul? How does my experience influence who I become as a person? Is creativity a special talent or something everyone has? How can I use my creativity actively? Where are our memories stored? And what happens when they start to fade?

In Creavolution, students from around 20 countries have collaborated with teachers, scientists and artists in creating and performing scenes all connected to the fascinating creative human mind. The Global Science Opera is an educational initiative, trans-disciplinary between the science- and the arts-field. It is a creative collaboration that defies national, cultural and linguistic borders. 

Creavolution is a new made-up word giving associations to Creativity, evolution and revolution. It refers to how creativity is needed to evolve, and how the creative mind is a revolutionary powerful tool. Creavolution is the opposite of avolution: a total lack of motivation that makes it hard to get anything done, even simple, everyday tasks.

Join the Creavolution!

The 2022 Global Science Opera premieres on November 20th, at 2 pm cet on a computer near you.

https://vimeo.com/772489754

 

The very first Brazil Science Opera!

Brazil premiered its very first Science Opera on June 30th, 2022. Students from three different municipalities participated, having created and performing stories connected to time: past, present and future. You can the opera here.

 

Brazil GSO-training

In the last week of June, hundreds of teachers, students, administrators and artists in Brazil attended workshops, presentations or meet-and-greet-sessions with the GSO coordinator. The three municipalities Santa Maria Madalena, Sao Francisco de Itabapoana and Sao Joao de Barra have invested large in education for their students by training their teachers in the GSO methodology and sustainable theatre-production. The week culminated with the very first Brazil Science Opera.

Here are just a few photos from the ten days.

GSO4SCHOOL online sessions

Keep the dates:

March 31st 4 pm cet: Petros Stergioploulos – Music-workshop on sonification and leitmotif. Please find link in Creavolution-booklet for link to his first session. This second one builds on the first.

April 22nd, 2 pm cet: Zeke Locke (USA) – Rehearsal Global Science Opera choir

May 20th at 2 pm cet: Valentina Tudisca (Italy)/ Paraskevi Tzouveli from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Maria Boubouka from the 1st Experimental School of Athens (Greece) – Open Educational Resources (and where to find them)

For recordings of previous online sessions, please find links in the Creavolution booklet. There you will also find the link to the coming sessions.

CREAVOLUTION poster

 

Finally!

Here is the poster for CREAVOLUTION!  It is a joint effort by students in Oslo, Norway, who have embroidered the design.

If you are participating in this years opera, please send us your logo, so we can add it to the poster.

GSO at NASA

We had a very exciting presentation of the GSO for the “StoryLab” to employees at NASA. I am sure you can imagine how thrilled we were to get this opportunity! The recording is here. We’re hoping to engage in dialogue with NASA in order to get inspiration for our 2023 production.