An intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.
Bluedot is an award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep space observatory. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.
In an era of political divisiveness and environmental uncertainty, bluedot aims to cultivate a unifying celebration for citizens of the world. Its message is loud and clear: ‘look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.’ (Carl Sagan, 1934—1996).
THE HIVE by Ikbal Lubys & Tony Maryana
Resembling a suspended organic hive structure, The Hive is a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with, creating new compositions. This bespoke, sculptural musical instrument is made from parts of Gamelan bars, a form of percussive Indonesian music using gongs and xylophone-type instruments. The Hive was originally created in response the natural sounds found in Peak Cavern, Castleton – as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2017.
The Hive by Ikbal Lubys & Tony Maryana in collaboration with Laurie Crombie. Commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and British Council, Indonesia.