Our ‘Psychic Fish’ intervention had another successful outing last Friday night at the Oxford Museum of Natural History.
Following on the heels (or shall we say fins?) of previous events – including at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the Science Uncovered Manchester festival, and the Oxford Community Fair – our creative appropriation of the classic Fortune Telling Fish game once again proved enormously popular. A fun icebreaker, the fish proved a great way to open up conversations about fish welfare and human – fish relations with the visiting public, a topic we’ve blogged about previously.
In all, we estimate that we engaged with around 150 people directly, although around 1300 people attended the Museum’s Late Night: Oceans and Island’s event, and many of these passed by our stall. Many who tried out the Psychic Fish also left amusing, and sometimes poignant, comments on our fishily-themed feedback wall. For example, a number made play with famous line from Finding Nemo: “Fish are friends… and food”. Another left a Haiku entitled To a Fish:
May you swim freely,
Around the deep blue abyss –
Many thanks to Bentley Crudgington who both pioneered the use of ‘Psychic Fish’ for public engagement purposes, and created most of the the materials we used on the night.