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Viva Experimental! is a Live Art “Tour” in response to the building: a series of surreal and “experimental” vignettes/occurrences as you’re lead through empty laboratories in the name of science and live art. It is partly inspired by the traces of activity in this human-created/adapted environment.

These labs might not appeal to you as they do to me but the industrial appearance and smell of them says something of what happened here. Viva Experimental! learns from the spaces you will pass through and imagines the people who were once there.

Your presence adds to its history and its important that you “just go with it” with this one. Trust me, I am an artist.


22 Fri: 19:00 & 20:0023 Sat: 11:30, 12:30, 15:00, 17:00 & 20:00

Tours run for 30 minutes, and can take up to 10 people


A pyrophone is a class of musical instrument which utilises fire or heat to generate sound. A beautiful early example made by Kastner resides at the Science Museum, which employs the gentle internal heating of air glass tubes to effect an acoustic vibration.

Bunsen’s Pyrophone by contrast uses the sheer force of propane gas in a whistle-type pipe to create a dirty mix of musical pitch and roiling noise, perfect for playing by the untrained and eager hands of young people of all ages.

This piece is a re-working of an earlier sonic device ‘Fluxweed’ which was commissioned for a performance in Blackpool earlier this year, and follows on from our recent commission ‘baBoom!’ for Glastonbury Festival. He’s a 6 foot tall metal-monkey barrel organ with a mohican of flaming pipes.


All day 22 Friday

TanDog: SATURN 5!

Edit of original NASA footage by TanDog, Samples and Synthesis by TanDog and Aht-n, Sound edit by TanDog

Extending to the visual Stockhaousens Spectrum of time theory, where the “ranges of perception are ranges of time, and the time is subdivided by us, by the construction of our bodies and by our organs of perception” (See the influential essay How Time Passes). Using these ideas to show the people within the films, and the difference between them and us (or lack of). They are Ghosts that we see, but don’t hear, were flesh, but can never touch or understand.

Good Wives and Warriors (Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell): THE DIMENSION DOME

The Dimension Dome invites the audience to pop their heads inside a 2m wide floating ‘particle’ structure to marvel at the wonders of quantum mechanics and be engulfed by the ‘Theory of Everything’. You will be taken into a new dimension, surrounded by a painted world of worlds, multi-verses, black holes and vibrating strings. Make the imaginative leap into the elegant realm of theoretical Physics and share in the awe and mystery of attempting to visualise these mind-boggling and eye opening theories.


When Beowulf feasted in Hrothgar’s hall, a storyteller told of the creation of the world and all things in it. What would that skald have said if he knew today’s scientific theories? In this show storyteller and scientist Tom Goodale tells the scientific story of creation, from the Big Bang to the evolution of man, in the manner that Hrothgar’s skald might have. Listen to the majesty of the fiery birth of everything, watch the formation of stars and galaxies, delve into the mysteries of the origins of life and struggle from the slime of the sea-bed to life under the clear blue skies.

Tom Goodale is now an oral storyteller, but in a former life was a research scientist in computational fluid dynamics, general relativity and computer science. This show brings together storytelling and his scientific training.


The Contestational Climate Institute is an independent research center that examines methods for actively sculpting the Earth’s climate. We are dedicated to documenting the global effects of anthropogenic activities and providing access to technologies that can modify the biospheric flows of the planet. Cathrine Kramer, an evolutionary strategist at the institute, will be in residence at Manchester’s Super-K researching the history of weather manipulation and developing strategies for future interventions.

LOUISE O’CONNOR :Choreography of the Very Small

A workshop and resulting film, in which amateur dancers interpret the cellular and atomic processes of life, through dance; in an absurdist yet genuine attempt, to connect with and understand the physical incomprehensibility of the micro world.

Following on from its first iteration, the dancers built upon their previous knowledge to attempt more complicated processes and dance a dreamlike journey through the human heart to the atoms within.

Cinematography by Maja Zamodja

Sascha Pohflepp: The Golden Institute

The Golden Institute for Energy in Colorado was the premier research and development facility for energy technologies in an alternate reality where Jimmy Carter had defeated Ronald Reagan in the US election of 1980. Equipped with virtually unlimited funding to make the United States the most energy-rich nation on the planet, its scientific and technical advancements were rapid and often groundbreaking. Its scope ranged from planetary engineering to the enabling of individual participation and profit from the creation of electricity. Notable projects include the development of the state of Nevada into a weather experimentation zone and the new gold rush in the form of lightning-harvesters that followed, or major modifications made to the national infrastructure in an attempt to use freeways as a power plants. The institute’s vision continues to inform the American consciousness to this day. In relation to energy preservation and harnessing, but also in terms of man’s relationship to the forces of nature.


Thomas Thwaites is a designer whose work examines how technology, science and economics interact with trends, fictions and beliefs, to shape our present society, and possible futures. As an undergraduate he studied economics and biology at University College London, and this training informs his design work. He completed his Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2009, and his work has since received several awards and is exhibited internationally. His first book, The Toaster Project, is to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011. Based in London, he is currently working on a commission from the Wellcome Trust.