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Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 30, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:05:08

The Wave Organ is a wave-activated sound sculpture located at the end of a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It was created by artist Peter Richards and master stonemason George Gonzalez in 1986.

The installation is an unlikely sight: a collection of curbstones and cemetery stones that appear in the Bay like an ancient ruin or a strange dream. In this unusual place of discovery and contemplation, the musical phenomenon is only part of the point.

In this audio slideshow, Peter Richards, now a senior artist at the Exploratorium, shares his inspiration for creating this piece and explores its function as a theater in which many different kinds of human experiences unfold.



Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
02:04:30
An inspiring conversation with Annea Lockwood, New Zealand-born experimental sound artist and musician known for her boundary-burning explorations of the world of natural acoustic sounds and environments.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:36:31
An inspiring conversation with Annea Lockwood, New Zealand-born experimental sound artist and musician known for her boundary-burning explorations of the world of natural acoustic sounds and environments.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:05:27
Among the highlights of our Geometry Playground event were gravity-defying performances by four aerial artists from TrapezeWorld.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:03:30
Justin Holl and Peter Winch from the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary and print-maker Julie Whitcomb explore squid anatomy through dissections, ink extractions, and squid prints.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
01:03:00
This presentation, originally recorded in 1992, is a meditation on a lifetime dedicated to music. The renowned Hindustani classical music master Ali Akbar Khan recounts the earliest days of his musical study with his father (including his 18-hour practice days); how he chose to play and master his instrument, the sarod (maybe it chose him); and how music can be a healing force. He plays the instrument and explains how it works and how itís different from the more well-known sitar. Khan also discusses the founding of his music school in San Rafael, California, a manifestation of his philosophy that knowledge of music should be shared with others.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: June 18, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
01:03:00
A concert performed by the renowned Hindustani classical music master Ali Akbar Khan on sarod, recorded in 1992.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: June 18, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:02:15
This After Dark event examined time's many faces through activities and presentations featuring honeybees, jump-shot photography, antique timepieces, and a performance by Gamelan Sari Raras.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: June 10, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
01:28:01
John Cage was one of the most influential composers in modern American music. He raised fundamental questions about the nature of music, and invigorated, provoked, and perplexed audiences throughout his long career. In this lecture from 1987, excerpts of his work are played and discussed. Afterwards, Cage takes questions and shares his thoughts on subjects ranging from the origins of his impulse to make music-"Many composers hear music before they write it, but I write music in order to hear it"-to using chance to create without ego or intention. He asks why we should listen to music instead of just listening to the sounds around us, and answers: "There's no reason."

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: May 20, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art