Where Arts and Science Collide
Where would art be without science?
Beethoven? Shakespeare? Michelangelo? So who invented the piano, printing and the hammer and chisel then, eh?
Where would science be without art?
You see, science was created to solve our problems: health, food, shelter and warmth. the arts were created so science could play. But there is a problem in schools: the curriculum has skewed this division; so the arts are where the fun lives and the science department is a pit of problems.
STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are wilting in the gloom. They need to be pumped up with some STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Maths). Bear that in mind as you look through the Festival and Fringe programmes. We've spotted a few sciency ones below:
Plastic is Forever
1 May - 5 June, various times        Free, drop in
Jewellers dedicate their craft to transform our waste into desirable objects. This exhibition uses art, design and moving images to increase awareness of how the ocean environment is affected by what we throw away. 

7 – 29 May (Wed – Fri, 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Sat & Sun, 11:00am – 6:00pm),   Free
ONCA Gallery
Year 4 pupils at Patcham Junior School have been working with ONCA to gaze into all sorts of possible futures, making bold creative responses to some big questions. What will Brighton look like in 50 years? What are your dreams for the future? If you were in charge, what would you do? 

eXXhibition by Candy Medusa
Saints Of The Lot
7-8 May – various events           Free - Up to £5
Tempest Inn
Ecological art weekend, raising awareness of plastic pollution, toxics in our seas and our bodies, women in science, art and exploration. 
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The Sprawl
7 - 29 May, 11:00am - 6:00 pm            Free
The West and Russia are using the same technology and cinematic aesthetics to present contrasting versions of the truth. A paranoid trip into reality turned on its head.
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Sunday Assembly
8 May, 2:00pm         Free (collection)
Brighton Spiegeltent
Sunday Assembly is a non-religious coming together of people seeking to make the most of this one life. We’ll be exploring the theme of waste with a double-bill of inspirational speakers, plus spoken word, crazy science and some raucous singalong pop songs, complete with live band.
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The Lamellar Project
13-14 May, 20:45pm - 21:45pm           £12.50/ £10
The Old Market
 Eco-war thriller, told using film, theatre and a live video link to Philadelphia; this chilling international production sees science fiction meet eco-activism.
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Every Child is Different
22 May 10:00am (6 Hours)        Free
Sallis Benney Theatre 
The excellent students of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School,  and Same Sky (who make the puppets for the Childrens' Parade) offer a fun day of games and activities to discover how genes work.

Let's Talk About Death
22 May, 4:00pm                                     £8
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
This engaging discussion will range over many aspects of death and dying, including living while you’re dying, what constitutes a good death and how to plan for one of life’s few certainties.
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Rubbish planet
All the plastic we ever made is still with us, and it is becoming a bit of a nuisance. We've always been rubbish at dealing with waste, which was ok while there wasn't too much of it. But now if we want to keep making new stuff we must learn to re-use the old stuff. Any eight year-old can see the sense in that, but for some reason the twenty-, thirty-, forty- and fifty-eight-year-olds find it hard to actually do it. Time to hand the laboratory keys to the year four students of the nation (see FutureGazers, left). That'll liven up science lessons a bit.
Weapons of Maths Deduction
Warfare can be such fun when the techies use computers to take the strain out of mass destruction. It's an office job now. Slipping into our comfy seats and playing the kind of shoot-em-up games we grew up with, war is cool. 
Examine your feelings at The Sprawl, or the Lamellar Project (left).
From the cradle to the grave
The more we know about ourselves, the more we understand; and the more we understand, the easier it is. As the wise ones say, 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'. Every Child is Different (left) is a must. You will enjoy the puppets while the science leaks in. And in eighty years time, it'll be that much easier to  'Talk About Death'.
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