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As part of the festivities in honor of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15, Obscura Digital, internationally recognized creative technology innovators, transformed the historic façade of Pier 15 into a spectacular, interactive odyssey through micro and macro phenomena on multiple time scales.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: May 22, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:01:39
As a part of the Exploratorium's opening ceremonies, Miwa Matreyek performed in our Outdoor Gallery on April 17, 2013. In her live performance, Matreyek interacted with beautifully expressed cinematic narratives that unfolded as wondrous journeys, exploring nature and the human imagination.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: May 3, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
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00:04:47
The end of an era is near: In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are rapidly being replaced by digital projectors. Paul Clipson, projectionist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gives us what may be a last-chance look at the tools and techniques—including lightning reflexes—at work in 35 mm film projection.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 15, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, general science, physics
Running Time:
00:01:25
In this new series of short works, local Super-8 filmmaker and Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Paul Clipson gets up close and personal with a dynamic cast of dragonflies, spiders, ants, butterflies, and slugs. These lyrical and concentrated studies reveal the world as more complicated, ugly, and beautiful than we had ever imagined. Accompanied by a newly-commissioned soundtrack by Berlin-based musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. To view this film join us at the Exploratorium! Show is ongoing through Sunday, Oct 2, 2011

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: September 22, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
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This magical piece integrates live performance and projected animation. As artist Miwa Matreyek moves behind the screen, her shadow becomes the protagonist in a fantastical world of her own creation.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 19, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:02:25
Join us for an exploration of new frontiers in film—where cinematic artworks range beyond the screen to encompass unique combinations of animation, objects, and live performance.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 17, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
04:10
Megan and Rick Prelinger opened their personal library in San Francisco in 2004, seeking to share their collection of books and resources with a larger community. In this show, Megan shares her story of making this "hopeful gesture" towards a world where knowledge is accessible to all. As she puts it, "in utopia, there are no closed stacks."

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: October 22, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, history
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00:01:49
A highlight of this After Dark evening was Thee Oh Sees, one of the Bay Area’s best underground bands, who created a playful aural disorientation while playing in front of “visual music” by the late experimental filmmaker and musicologist Harry Smith.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: March 4, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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00:02:02
The film Between the Folds is a 2009 work by filmmaker Vanessa Gould. Between the Folds chronicles ten artists and scientists who have devoted time to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Vanessa Gould, who has degrees in physics and architecture, explores the expression of mathematics through origami. She became captivated by the art and science of transforming sheets of paper into three-dimensional geometric shapes — and exposed a hidden subculture. The film will screen at the Exploratorium on Saturday, October 18th, at 2pm.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: August 28, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:34:58
In this live webcast, we look deeper into the film 'Ice People.' We speak with noted geologists Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, and filmmaker Anne Aghion in our San Francisco studio.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 14, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology