“I don’t have time”. “You’re running out of time”. “You came just in time”. These days we spend a lot of energy worrying that we don’t have enough time, or give enough time, or make enough time. Time is a huge part of our collective psyche.
So I recommend that you (and your kids) take the time to trek over to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, and feast your eyes and ears on Vertiges, a 25-minute film that attempts to answer the one question we never ask: what is time? Described as “a fantastic playground where philosophical, scientific and artistic ideas are skillfully explored in a sort of temporal vertigo”. Vertiges delivers exactly that.
“In Vertiges, we modelled and built a timeless universe around an esthetic and artistic experience in which time appears to be discontinuous. Viewers find themselves in a dreamlike environment where they lose track of their relationship with time and come to question the very nature of time” – Jimmy Lakatos and Alexandre Burton (creators)
The film is projected onto 180-degree dome, under which you lie back on the beanbag of your choice. For the next 25 minutes, dive, swirl, twirl through existing theories of time, including Einstein’s theory of relativity, using eye-crossing imagery that truly transports you out of the present. It’s a PG acid trip, basically.
I took two girls, aged 9 and 11-years old to see it – and they loved it, “It was really cool, scary and interesting!” they squealed. Yes, but what did you learn about time? “It’s an illusion”. That’s right.
Your ticket entitles you to follow Vertiges with another film, Tempo. We missed it by 2 minutes because we were enthralled with the meteorite exhibit, and by the time we got there they had sealed the theatre doors like a space ship preparing for takeoff. The show is described as “a dizzying cosmic experience, guided by an experienced interpreter, placing students at the centre of the most “moving” story of all time: the history of the Universe.”
Both shows run until June 19th.