Project What If
Project What If aims to re-imagine the science centre exhibition experience. This is the first major exhibition experience based entirely on the questions from people in the city it lives in. People and curiosity are at the heart of it. This will be the signature exhibition experience for We the Curious, a total redevelopment of our ground floor exhibition, around 1000 square metres.
For this project we asked ourselves, what if...we dismantle institutional narratives of science by starting with the questions that people ask and the language they are asked in, and open up the real world of science - creative, collaborative, cultural, dealing with uncertainty as well as wonder, an extraordinary human endeavour that we can all have a voice in.
Project What If is being designed in collaboration with world leading exhibition architects Kossmann de Jong. The questions to trigger the content of the exhibition have been selected with community groups from nearly 10,000 questions collected from across Bristol - from people in shopping centres, parks, the hospital, the prison, street festivals, online, and in venue. Specific exhibits are being further developed and in co-design with communities from the city of Bristol as part of our Make Space project.
The new exhibition experience is due to launch in late autumn 2020. Project What If aims to evolve the science centre experience in the contemporary cultural landscape, making it more relevant and inclusive for audiences.
We the Curious is inviting expressions of interest from South West and Bristol based talent for a series of exhibit commissions.
We are looking for expressions of interest from audio artists and producers for a set of exhibits.
Please carefully read the background information and details on how to apply:
Please read the briefs for more detail on the audio commissions: