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00:03:14
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—the Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: October 10, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:04:58
Throughout history, tattoos have represented conquests, coming of age, religion, spirituality, art, and even punishment. Today, tattoos are alive and thriving as a form of personal expression. How have modern techniques changed this art form? What are best practices in tattoo creation and care? Why are tattoos permanent—and when are they not? Join us as we "talk tat" with artitsts Suzanne "Fishy" Shifflett and Tanya Wischerath of Modern Electric Tattoo in San Francisco.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: September 28, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
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
Running Time:
02:50
Josh Short from the Cardboard Institute of Technology walks us through their latest installation, Subterrain, on the Exploratorium floor!

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: March 16, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:03:21
This After Dark event, which explored the science behind slowing down, included artist Joe Mangrum, who created a sand mandala on the floor of the museum. In this timelapse video, shot over 8 hours, you can see the full arc of the work.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:04:23
Ken Murphy, creator of A History of the Sky— a time-lapse visualization that will span an entire year—talks about his project during the After Dark event, Resolution.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
1:14:57
James Turrell studied optics and perceptual psychology in college, but gravitated towards art as his curiosity led him to investigate light itself. In this Webcast of a lecture, James Turrell discusses his experiences manipulating pure light and how it became his artistic medium. He reveals how this early work led him to discover Roden Crater in Arizona and to create his subsequent lifelong project of transforming the crater into an astronomical observatory.

Project: Light and Landscape | Browse All

Date: September 16, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Arts, General Science
Running Time:
1:59:04
This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Ethan Canin, author of "For Kings and Planets"; Exploratorium artist Brenda Hutchinson; Michael Dibdin, author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries; Cajun accordion dynamo Geno Delafose; singer-songwriter Deborah Pardes; radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.

Project: Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live | Browse All

Date: October 3, 1998
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Arts, General Science