Earth Showoff - Comedy Night

Gaia Comedy

Join us at Southwark Cathedral for a night of comedy under Luke Jerram's spectacular Gaia installation

For Eleven years Science Showoff has been wowing audiences across the UK with a huge selection of funny nerds making jokes about science

But now we're going to save the world. Join comedians, scientists, thinkers and assorted nerds for a night of laughter and learning about the state of all of THIS *gesticulates wildly*.

This event will take place in the stunning Southwark Cathedral nave under artist Luke Jerram's Gaia installation which will be suspended from the gothic ceiling from 11 - 30 October.

This show is hosted by Dr Steve Cross and will feature some incredible acts. Please visit the Science Showoff website for details.

Programme and information on the performers for this evening to follow.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.

Suitable for ages 16+

Photo of Dr Steve Cross courtesy of Ian Bowkett.

Gaia by Luke Jerram

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.