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The Aeolus project : Science outreach through art

Drumm, IA, Belantara, A, Dorney, S, Waters, T and Peris, E 2015, 'The Aeolus project : Science outreach through art' , Public Understanding of Science, 24 (3) , pp. 375-385.

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With a general decline in people’s choosing to pursue science and engineering degrees there has never been a greater need to raise the awareness of lesser known fields such as acoustics. Given this context, a large-scale public engagement project, the ‘Aeolus project’, was created to raise awareness of acoustics science through a major collaboration between an acclaimed artist and acoustics researchers. It centred on touring the large singing sculpture Aeolus during 2011/12, though the project also included an extensive outreach programme of talks, exhibitions, community workshops and resources for schools. Described here are the motivations behind the project and the artwork itself, the ways in which scientists and an artist collaborated, and the public engagement activities designed as part of the project. Evaluation results suggest that the project achieved its goal of inspiring interest in the discipline of acoustics through the exploration of an otherworldly work of art.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Public Understanding of Science
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-6625
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: IA Drumm
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 18:12
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:23

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