In 2003 my colleagues Darren Vogrig and Luke Fitzgerald and I hatched a performance called Great Big Science Gig (GBSG). The show included demonstrations and original songs inspired by a very wide range of science, technology and research. The breadth of content really has been striking, including fluid dynamics, entomology, nutrition, astronomy, energy technology, new materials, medical imaging and natural disasters, not to mention sheep, ants, showers, potatoes, bats, bones, termites, rats, robots, fleas, chocolate and lingerie.
Originally planned as a science cabaret, GBSG evolved into a science rock show and in 2007 (when Luke moved to New Zealand) we were joined by guitarist Marty Lubran. Over the years we have been fortunate to perform in a diverse array of venues right across Australia. This has included pubs, theatres, schools, tents, concert halls and the back of a truck.
Late last year were thrilled to receive an Inspiring Australia grant for a new incarnation of the show. “Great Big Science Gig” was only ever intended to be a working title, so we are now very pleased to announce “Ologism”. The basic principles of Ologism remain true to the traditions of GBSG, namely to use quality music and live demonstrations to engage people in science and technology. We are also planning to craft even better performances and a much improved online presence. At this stage the Ologism website is still a work in progress, but it’s progressing well and we have established the Ologism Facebook site (if you want to Like the page, we’d be very grateful). We have big visions and there are fun times ahead, so we hope you can join us.