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Artist Sheldon Brown creates an urban/suburban/rural environment in which the visitor literally "paints" the flying landscape with highways, buildings, and automobiles. This exhibit was part of the Virtual Unreality exhibition.

Project: Seeing Gallery | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science
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00:23:54
Ezra Daly explains how he makes musical instruments out of car and motorcycle parts, then plays his Frankenbass, created from a Moto Guzzi motorcycle gas tank, a chrome tailpipe, and scrap mahogany. Next, Doc Popular (aka Brian Roberts) shows how he creates instruments by circuit-bending toys. Doc--not just an inventor and a video editor but a yo-yo champion as well--will also demonstrate some yo-yo tricks.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: August 4, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:24:53
Inventors Windell Oskay and Lenore Edman demonstrate the CandyFab 4000, a printer that creates 3D sculpture by stacking 2D images made of sugar. Drawing from disciplines as varied as circuit hacking and sewing, the sugar printer is only one of Oskay and Edman's many projects, which include an interactive dining table and hard-drive wind chimes.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 28, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:27:55
It's geometry! It's knitting! It's—hyperbolic crochet! Artist and science writer Margaret Wertheim shows you how to represent a hyperbolic plane using crochet hooks and yarn. Beginning with a simple crochet chain, learn how to create a geometric shape with a constant negative curvature just by adding stitches.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:00:11
An clip of the Aeolian Landscape exhibit by artist Ned Kahn. Blowing air sculpts sand into an ever-changing landscape.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2006
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:53:00
A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

Project: Doctor Atomic | Browse All

Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics
Running Time:
00:60:00
A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

Project: Doctor Atomic | Browse All

Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics
Running Time:
00:00:38
Mike Wiltberger, magnetospheric physicist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, narrates this artist’s rendering of a coronal mass ejecting from the sun and then impacting the earth’s magnetic field. Animation produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Project: Space Weather Research Explorer | Browse All

Date: April 29, 2005
Format: Exhibit
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Earth Science, Art
Running Time:
00:00:40
This wobbly luminescent sculpture by Liz Hickok is both art work and a simulation of how a San Francisco neighborhood might jiggle when the Big One strikes.

Project: Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2005
Format: Exhibit
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:57:36
Originally produced for NOVA in 1982, Jon Else's film takes a look behind the scenes at the Exploratorium. The film follows the development of three exhibits from prototype to museum floor. Palace of Delights won a Cine Golden Eagle Award and was shown at the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 14, 2004
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): History, Physics, Art