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Synapse @ the Quay

Synapse @ the Quay

Things are about to get Strange @ Elizabeth Quay!

Soon, you'll be able to step into Synapse, a stunning 20m long art installation inspired by the beauty of our body's inner workings. Synapse, part of Strange Festival, is an interactive anatomy art installation composed of an eyeball attached to an optic nerve tunnel that leads into a giant inflatable brain, all upscaled to create an awe-inspiring walk-through piece. This immersive and educational experience will surprise and delight people of all ages.
It features lighting, video projection effects and augmented reality projections to communicate to the audience how their own sight works and is designed to inspire people to learn about and see the beauty in their own bodies’ anatomy. It’s intended to empower people to realise that they are capable of learning subjects like anatomy that are often perceived as difficult.

Don’t miss this unique experience coming to Elizabeth Quay from June 14-23! Lock it in your diary and register to attend this free experience here.

About the artist and the work

Dr Minia Coiacetto is an emerging artist, veterinarian and academic who has specialised in pathology (the study of disease). Minia strongly believes in the importance of making science more accessible to all people through art and that this is an important way forward for creating more empowered communities. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University and has a strong passion for teaching. For Minia, the complexity of our own cells and anatomy is one of the most captivatingly beautiful things that exists. Minia wishes to share this with her audience, along with showing them how incredibly capable they are of learning, when given the opportunity to learn through experience.

Synapse includes Aboriginal language where installed to describe the anatomy and physiology of the visual system in the ‘mother tongue of the land’ to show respect and recognition for culture. Boorloo (Perth) is the land of the Whadjuk people. The language descriptions for Whadjuk Boodjar was provided by Whadjuk and Ballardong Nyungar Elder Auntie Marie Taylor with cultural engagement support by Dr Barbara Hostalek, an Aboriginal (Yawuru and Gija cultural connections) artist (playwright, poet) and veterinarian. 

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    Event Showings

    14 -  23 June


    Fri 14 Jun | 4 - 10pm
    Sat 15 Jun | 4 - 10pm
    Sun 16 | 12 - 8pm
    Mon 17 Jun | Closed
    Tues 18 Jun | Closed
    Wed 19 Jun | 12 - 8pm
    Thu 20 Jun | 4 - 10pm
    Fri 21 Jun | 4 - 10pm
    Sat 22 Jun | 4 - 10pm
    Sun 23 Jun | 12 - 6pm


    Subject to change - check our social media for any updates

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    Free event

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    Elizabeth Quay

    The Esplanade

    Perth WA 6000

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    Wheelchair access