For Immediate Release:
November 01, 2007
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Artworks in Conjunction with Mind
Making Faces (2007) by David Hanson
Master Mind Machine (2007) by Kal Spelletich and
Animal Cam, by Sam Easterson
November 9, 2007-December 31, 2008
by David Hanson
The Exploratorium’s new Mind exhibition, four years in the making, runs November 9, 2007-December 31, 2008, and includes the cutting-edge work of both artists and scientists. The artworks include:
Making Faces (2007)
By David Hanson
How does it feel to interact with a lifelike robot? The robot’s software helps it recognize and fixate on human faces. Each of its servomotors moves a rubbery “muscle,” and these movements are coordinated to mimic real human facial expressions. Notice the complexity of even simple expressions. How many parts of the face move in a happy grin? An angry scowl? And pay attention to your reactions. It’s obviously a machine, yet many respond emotionally to the robot’s changing expressions.
Master Mind Machine (2007)
By Kal Spelletich, Artist-in-Residence
We play the machines, and the machines play us.
Master Mind Machine (2007) is a mix of sculpture and storytelling, science and technology, play and fear and biofeedback. Visitors are given control of strong and unpredictable technologies into their own hands -- enhancing and extending their own movements -- by interacting with new kinds of beings.
By Sam Easterson
Video artist Sam Easterson documents a world very different from the one we are used to. Animal Cam shows us the world as seen by a wide range of non-human creatures. Easterson mounts tiny cameras on animals in the wild to record both their activities and points of view on their surroundings. The footage he obtains makes human viewers deeply rethink their own places and roles in their environments. (Easterson’s cameras eventually detach themselves from their hosts.) Animal Cam shows the world from perspectives as diverse as those of an armadillo, alligator, a bison, a scorpion, and even a housefly. (He also records the world from plants’ vantage points.) He is a graduate of New York’s Cooper Union and the University of Minnesota.
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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
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