Particle/Wave

An immersive multimedia experience in the planetarium dome

"The Universe has spoken and we have understood."
David Blair, astrophysicist at the UWA and LIGO collaboration member.

Particle/Wave is an exploration of art and science showcased under the spectacular dome of the planetarium. Poets, musicians, sound and video artists – alongside renowned scientists – have collaborated to present a creative glimpse of the incredible story of gravitational waves.

Over one hundred years ago Albert Einstein suggested gravitational waves could be a natural outcome of his general theory of relativity, which states that very massive objects distort the fabric of space and time—an effect we perceive as gravity.

Gravitational waves are the ripples in that spacetime, traveling away from their original source: exploding stars, collisions between neutron stars, merging black holes or a single star rotating briskly and irregularly. These waves are washing over Earth all the time, but our instruments have not been sensitive enough to detect them until recently. This breakthrough has been recognised with the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking said, ‘Gravitational waves provide a completely new way of looking at the universe.’ How do we observe this discovery through the lens of humanity? What stories do gravitational waves tell?

With writers ALICIA SOMETIMES, KRISSY KNEEN, MAXINE BENEBA CLARKE, LISA GORTON, OMAR MUSA, JORDIE ALBISTON and sound artists ANDREW WATSON, CAMILLA HANNAN and NAT BATES and video by ANDREW WATSON, ISOBEL KNOWLES, BENJAMIN PORTAS, MARK MYERS, CARL KNOX, DEE MASON and SAR RUDDENKLAU. Scientists: KATIE MACK, KENDALL ACKLEY, ALAN DUFFY and LING SUN.

Director and producer: Alicia Sometimes

Co-producer & Musical Director: Andrew Watson

With support from OzGrav, Museums Victoria, Creative Victoria, Australia Council and Hobsons Bay City Council.

FAQ


Is Particle/Wave suitable for children?

We recommend Particle/Wave as an experience for teenagers over 16 as the show is mostly intended for an adult audience.

Some younger teenagers with a strong interest in science and sci-fi may also enjoy the show however we do not recommend bringing younger children.

 

Is there a bar at the show?

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available pre show.

 

Is Particle/Wave an educational show?

Particle/Wave is body of artistic multimedia work curated from the contributions of numerous artists and writers responding to the scientific discoveries around gravitational waves. It aims to inspire and take its viewers on a journey. Within itself, Particle/Wave is not intended as educational content although the contributions of the scientists involved will certainly be enlightening.

 

Are late audience members admitted to the show?

Unfortunately given the darkened nature of the planetarium space, late arrivals cannot be admitted once the show has commenced.

 

Are there live performed elements to Particle/Wave?

Particle/Wave combines pre-recorded multimedia and narration from a range of artists and scientists combined with both pre recorded and live musical performance during the show.

 

Where is the Melbourne Planetarium?

The Melbourne Planetarium is located at Scienceworks - 2 Booker St, Spotswood. For more information see: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/visiting/getting-here/


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