Let your imagination roam free at Curiocity Brisbane!
With a packed program of interactive installations, Curiocity Brisbane will help you discover the city from a whole new perspective.
On now until 28th March, this celebration of science, art and tech features more than 60 installations – known as ‘Curiocities’ – spread across four destinations, including the CBD, South Bank, South Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and the City Botanic Gardens.
With so much to see and plenty to find, including 28 installations making their world premiere, the 6.5km trail is just the start of your Brisbane adventure - be sure to #visitbrisbane and #curiocitybrisbane to share it with us!
City Botanic Gardens
Brisbane’s original botanic gardens will light up with ENCHANTED TROPICS, an augmented reality installation inspired by Queensland’s flora and fauna. While walking through the gardens, you’ll be able to point your phone at cut-out trees and watch them come to life with animated bugs, animals, blossoming flowers, falling leaves and more, with each animation accompanied by a magical soundscape.
The bubble-like, instagramable EVANESCENT is an artwork driven by the forces and natural occurences within the changing world around us; POCKET COSMOS transforms the environment into a firmament of light, colour and movement; and FUTURE CITIES FOR FUTURE PEOPLE gives you the tools to create your own urban space.
Keep your eyes out around the CBD for 8-BIT BRISBANE, a collection of pop-up, retro-styled mini-games that open instantly on your smartphone by scanning a QR code. There are five simple and fun games to explore, and each of them celebrates a uniquely Brisbane experience – you’ll even find one of them aboard a CityCat!
Pictured: 8-BIT BRISBANE
Other installations scattered throughout the CBD include ARTIFICIAL ECOLOGY, a digital ecosystem made up of augmented reality organisms; SHOAL, an integrated robotics display featuring fish swimming through imaginary currents in the air; and BEES BEING, which uses augmented reality technology to animate existing public artwork on the glass ceiling of the Albert Lane building.
While you’re on the move, why not explore Brisbane’s cultural landscape and seek out the city’s vast array of street art? You’ll find Instagram-worthy gems just waiting to be discovered around every corner, including Mace Robertson’s famed ‘fairy door’ and Blu Art Xinja’s enigmatic artwork up Burnett Lane.
For even more of what the CBD has to offer, take a stroll along the Brisbane Riverwalk, where you’ll find alfresco dining and sunkissed bars at Eagle Street Pier, as well as Howard Smith Wharves, a riverside hub of fine dining, craft beers, classic cocktails and breathtaking views.
You’re invited to walk the runway and strike a pose at COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL, a large-scale interactive installation featuring five colourful runways leading to a vivid portrait landscape on a large LED screen. Images of audience members on each of the five runways are captured and projected onto the LED screen in a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour that has to be seen to be believed.
Pictured: COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL
As you stroll through South Bank, you’ll also find FLOATING NATURE, an overhead floating landscape of Queensland Northern Banksias; THE IMMERSIVE GUITAR, the world’s largest acoustic guitar, which can be played from the inside; and CHATTERBOX, a bespoke sculptural instrument that is ‘played’ by you approaching and moving near it.
ENGINES OF ETERNITY: GALING uses your voice as sonic DNA material to help microscopic aquatic animals heal and evolve; MICROBIOTA is a sculptural representation of our inner microbes that can be climbed and explored; VORTIBLES is an enchanting, suspended 3D world of crocheted vorex nets that create fascinating shadows and shapes; and WAVE MACHINE uses hypnotising rhythms to demonstrate the invisible forces that swirl around us every day.
As long as you’re exploring, South Bank is also home to some of Brisbane’s most famous tourist attractions, including the beloved Nepalese Pagoda – a three-story high gift from the Kingdom of Nepal to Brisbane for World Expo 88 – and Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach.
South Bank is also a vibrant dining hot spot with dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries to suit all tastes – so whether you’re looking for a lavish lunch, a delicious dinner or a delectable dessert, you can enjoy exquisite food with waterfront views whenever you’re ready to take a break from the Curiocity trail.
The Cultural Precinct
South Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct is home to some of the world’s finest art galleries and theatres – and now it’s also home to JAMES THE RAT KING, an immersive multimedia experience that tells the story of the Bubonic Plague in Brisbane. To uncover the story, told in a fairy-tale format, simply scan QR codes spread along ‘The Rat Route’, from the Maritime Museum to the State Library of Queensland.
The Cultural Precinct’s corner of the Curiocity trail also includes THE LIVING LANTERN, a dynamic installation that responds to wind and light; NOW YOU SEE ME, a giant pair of binoculars that morph and distort the world when you peer through them; and FLORESCENTIA, an installation encompassing movement, sound and light that takes inspiration from the natural transformations of plant life.
Pictured: NOW YOU SEE ME
STORM, a heady AV installation that explores the potential for humanity beyond our current biological forms, will fascinate sci-fi fans, while THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM celebrates nature’s super highway – the complex tubular threads of fungus that spread underground and form the basis of our ecosystem.
As part of Curiocity Brisbane, the Cultural Precinct will also play host to the ever-popular World Science Festival, taking curious minds on an extraordinary scientific journey with more than 120 events.
You can continue your curious quest at the precinct’s cultural institutions, including the world-famous Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art – currently playing host to The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire, a fully immersive showcase of 100 of the greatest motorcycles ever assembled – as well as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, where the Tony and Olivier Award winning musical Come From Away will open on Friday 26 March.
If you find that Curiocity Brisbane has sparked a love of science in your family, you can fan that flame at the Sciencentre, where visitors can take part in kinetic and interactive displays and experiments, and at Queensland Museum, the state’s centre for science, history, heritage and human achievement.
When it’s time to eat, take a stroll down Fish Lane, a vibrant destination stretching from South Brisbane to West End that houses some of Brisbane’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as its own array of amazing street art.
Curiocity Brisbane is on from now until Sunday 28 March. To see the full range of Curiocities and view the interactive map, visit curiocitybrisbane.com.