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Yes, Oxford is an established city of years, but in light of all the changes we are currently experiencing in terms of climate change and the environment, as sea levels rise and flooding increases, fires rage, and we face severe drought and weather extremes, what will happen to Oxford? Dr Comerford is explaining the concept behind Only Expansion, a soundscape tour of Oxford with headphones, which starts tomorrow, one of the more lateral and interactive experiences in the current IF Oxford Festival of Science and Ideas line-up.
Deed specially for the city by the renowned Duncan Speakman, an international composer and sound artist, it boasts an audio narrative that suggests what the future might entail. We are trying to show it in a new light, through sound, set against an urban background of our daily lives.
Since the original science festival was reimagined inthe new schedule endeavours to introduce many other innovative and exciting concepts for us to enjoy. From multi-sensory art, to interactive dance or coding, the team aims to change out viewpoint on what science encapsulates, and its endless possibilities.
And while some subjects have been seen as dry in the past, new life has been breathed into specific areas. Things are moving on much quicker now thanks to social media — the pace is changing so we need to keep up.
But the other main consideration is to ensure people enjoy the festival and to get their voice heard so on one hand you can listen to thorny debates about AI or go to physics in the pub or a comedy night.
In the festival attracted 13, people and organisers hope the figure will increase this year. Only Expansion runs from Saturday 19 — Sun Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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