Program presenters are artists, engineers, designers, technologists and organizations who create and stage events, programs and installations during Beakerhead. Join in!
The 2018 city-wide program is no longer accepting expressions of interest.
However, the largest single event of Beakerhead -- Beakernight -- 2018 is looking for presenters!
BEAKERNIGHT CALL FOR PRESENTERS
Beakernight needs you! Want to show off your creative works of wonder? There is no better place than at the biggest party of the year.
What we’re looking for (the boring definition): Interactive Installations that use art, science and engineering.
Beakernight is meant to tantalize the senses with works of creative magic, and attendees come for big ideas, big lights, big sound, and big experiences. We have the big lights and big sound, but we need your big ideas to complete the formula for a big experience. That doesn’t mean every installation needs to be 30-feet tall and breathe fire. In fact, some of the best presenters provide intimate experiences born from simple materials and execution … these are still big ideas. And we are looking for a dozen or so magical experiences!
Here’s what you can count on:
1) power, if you need it
2) tens of thousands of people
3) presenter honorarium of $500
The rest is on you. We cherish the experience over everything else. We know Calgary has a plethora of talented presenters with something awesome to show the world. Care to step onto that platform? Don’t hesitate to bring us the weird and wonderful. Here are a few things to consider in your very brief (one-page only!) submission:
Please fill out this teeny tiny form. We don’t want this to feel official or onerous, we just want to hear from you! We have included the option to submit a file at the bottom of the page, if you would prefer to submit your answers in another format.
The submission will close on June 15, 2018 and a decision will be made by July 1. We will contact you via phone or e-mail between those dates if we have any questions. In the event that your submission is not chosen, we will let you know on or before the decision date.
PLANNING FOR 2019
Let’s say you have built an ice cream-scooping robot for your neighbourhood block party. Beakerhead will find a way for you to share your lessons learned at the crossroads of art and engineering – with the world!
Here’s the kind of thing that fits:
TWO WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Beakerhead runs on collaboration and partnership. The core role of the Beakerhead secretariat is to build the platform on which your brilliance can shine. Beakerhead will do our level best to get an audience out for you too!
There are basically two ways to get involved – either as a program presenter in an existing Beakerhead program element, or you can create your own experience as a Beakerhead community partner.
ROUTE 1: PROGRAM PRESENTER
Program presenters are individuals or organizations keen to present within an existing Beakerhead program element, such as Four to Six, Beakernight or a Beakerhead workshop. The conversation here starts with understanding what you want to do, how it might fit, and what resources might be required to make it vibrate with awesomeness.
Let’s start a conversation if you think you have something that would fit at:
FOUR TO SIX: Got an idea to bring a street corner to life? Take to the streets with live experiments, installations, performances, and a parade of engineered vehicles that liven up Stephen Avenue Walk on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Beakerhead.
BEAKERNIGHT: Beakernight is a laboratory for science, technology and artistic feats. The largest public event of the week, Beakernight starts as the sun sets on Saturday night, delighting visitors across multiple spaces, late-night galleries and laboratories, 3D projections, lasers and fire, music and more across multiple spaces.
WORKSHOPS: Got a skill you’d like to share? If it is hands-on and involves some art, science, engineering or math, and results in a creative or cultural experience, let’s talk! Beakerhead is always looking for experts who love to engage the public.
ROUTE 2: COMMUNITY PARTNER
Community partners are individuals or organizations who create their own events or program elements. Delightful projects that have come to life include a can-crushing cow, a theatrical experience in a hair-training salon, and robot uprisings! Create your own-engineered chandelier with your community, host an ingenuity challenge, create an engineered artwork or an ice-cream-scooping robot for your neighbourhood block party! Beakerhead supports your experience with logistical guidance and marketing support – and sometimes funding, if we can find it!
BEAKERHEAD IS HERE TO HELP! WE CAN:
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Permits Beakerhead is all about fiery artwork. If you are keen to build one, we are happy to connect you with community members who have undertaken similar challenges, and guide you through the steps you will need to undertake for a fire inspection. Be sure to budget in your inspections into your total project costs.
Safety and Insurance Most events will be covered under Beakerhead general liability insurance. However, some events will require their own insurance. Beakerhead team members are happy to guide you through this process, and to recommend an insurance provider that fits your event’s needs.
Respect Beakerhead encourages all ideas that smash up art, science, and engineering. While creating your program elements we ask that you take a moment to assess assumptions you might be making. Are you respecting all people of all ages, abilities and cultures? Beakerhead values diversity. In a nutshell, this is what Beakerhead is all about.
A SPIRIT OF INCLUSIVITY
Beakerhead is honoured to be a platform for projects led by members of the community from various organizations and cultures.
In consultation with members of Indigenous community, Beakerhead tells a science story that is about human beings, not colonial history. It is with a great deal of joy and respect that we stand behind the projects that make up Beakerhead. They have been developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous teams coming together, finding a new space between art and engineering, where everyone, of all cultures, genders and ages, feels welcome.
The 2018 program is no longer accepting proposals. However, if you have an amazing idea for 2019, you can submit your amazing idea here, and someone from the Beakerhead team will be in touch with you in December 2018!