Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You'd never guess she was a pirate! With a pet crocodile under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt, time with Gran is never dull! Gran isn't scared of anything. Not even monsters. Based on the Pirate Gran series of books by Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall, this is the brand new swashbuckling show from the team behind Stick Man — Live on Stage and Tiddler. An absolute treat for seafaring children aged 3+ and their shipmates of all ages.
Venue: Gorgie City Farm: Farmyard
Tour Gorgie City Farm and get up close and hands-on with our feathered and furry friends. Explore the importance of livestock for food production and experience some popular highlights including seeing a chick as it develops inside an egg and have your wellies nibbled by our piglets! Presented by Gorgie Farm.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
Molecular mixology uses the scientific equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy to create cocktails with greater intensities and variety of flavours, unexpected combinations of tastes and textures and new ways of presenting drinks. Join Prof Andrea Sella and top mixologists Zoe Burgess and Max Venning from London’s 69 Colebrooke Row/Drinks Factory as they demonstrate how the art of cocktail making has become a science and show you tricks of the trade that will help you experiment at home.
Venue: Summerhall: Summerhall
Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire returns in 2014, once again offering a chance for making enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines – from crafters to geeks and artists to engineers – to share their skills and show off their work. You’ll find everything from traditional crafts to technological innovation explored through workshops, demonstrations, talks and interactive presentations. Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is independently organised and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc
Good problem-solvers have been shown to have greater success in life and Dr Thusha Rajendran and fellow researchers from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University want to find out why this is and how these skills emerge. Based on the theory that physical interaction can improve our problem-solving skills, participants of all ages are encouraged to find out more about this idea and take part in an interactive, movement-based computer game that explores problem-solving behaviour.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
Confound your senses with a trip down the rabbit hole to explore the science of human intoxication. Join ethnobotanist Dr Ian Edwards of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for a voyage of drug discovery from opium dens to the Olympics, taking in zombie caterpillars, afternoon tea, and the surprising patent medications of fashionable Victorians. Foraging ambassador Miles Irving will be serving up some unique soup with an array of experimental treats on offer for the curious visitor to this slightly deranged slice of wonderland.
How does data change our relationship with physical ‘things’? The Internet of Things exploits new technologies to link physical artefacts with data across social and technical networks. Join the Design Informatics Research Group to explore this new technology. From teapots that you can haggle with in Oxfam shops or shelves that shake when earthquakes take place on the other side of the world, to clocks that print you a postcard of something that happened in the past – let’s reflect upon the implication on our social lives.
What do Richard Feynman and Stevie Wonder have in common? Both have the brain condition synaesthesia which gives rise to sensory connections between unrelated experiences. Enter the mixed-up world of the synesthete where one sense leads to another and the whole world takes on a different meaning. Do numbers have a taste or colours have a smell? Join us on a multimedia and multi-sensory voyage to explore the extra connections in the brain of a synesthete. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
This GastroLab will focus on slow food beginning with a screening of Lifecycles by Matthew Moore. Part of the larger effort of the Digital Farm Collective, these short time-lapse films educate consumers on the produce they are purchasing by showing the growing process as it happens in the field. Simon Yuill will talk about his Stackwalker project, focusing on crofting communities and migrant workers in Scotland’s food and fish processing industries. Kate Rich and Kayle Brandon will unpack the secret recipe of cola using essential oils to enable the audience to assemble the drink. Perfect to wash down Black Market Pudding by John O’Shea. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
The host of our RGB (Red, Green, Blue) cocktail party is French-American food designer and artist Emilie Baltz. Based in New York and Paris she works at the intersection of gastronomy, performance and the visual arts to stimulate the definition of taste by provoking the five senses in new ways. In this ‘Triptych for Enlightened Drinking’ you will discover the effects of light and colour on solids (man) and liquids (cocktails) and how they impact human psychology. Real time visuals produced by DJ Steve Gibson will bathe the laboratory with colour to complement each of the three phases of mixology. LateLab is a collaboration between Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.