For Immediate Release:
September 01, 2013
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Conversations about Landscape Explores Natural, Built Environments
Engaging new discussion series debuts September 28, 2013
The Exploratorium’s new location at Pier 15 at the edge of the city and the Bay offers myriad ways to unlock the mysteries of the landscape—from weather and tides, to architecture and ship traffic. There’s no place better to understand the complex intersection of human and ecological phenomena than the Bay Observatory Gallery, the museum’s glass-walled lens into the world outside. Inspired by the art and science of observation, the Exploratorium will debut the new Conversations about Landscape series on September 28, 2013, from 3:30-5pm, in the Bay Observatory Gallery, with Fog City: The Talk Show, hosted by documentary filmmaker Sam Green, creator of the new film Fog City.
Green and cinematographer Andy Black have spent the past several years as Artists-in-Residence at the Exploratorium, working on a cinematic study of fog in San Francisco. The resulting film Fog City, will debut at the Exploratorium on October 2, 2013 as the inaugural film in the new Off the Screen film series. In the September 28 program, Fog City: The Talk Show, Green will interview a number of guests whose lives intersect with fog in interesting ways as well as people with witty and insightful things to say on the subject. Guests will include writer Rebecca Solnit, internet fog video sensation Simon Christen, Karl the Fog, and many others. This program will involve a live studio audience, a sidekick, live music, and many of the other trappings of a late night talk show. This event is co-sponsored by the Oakland Museum.
Upcoming Conversations about Landscape include The Urban Edge: A Landscape of Change and Imagination with Jane Wolff, artist and landscape architect, and Robin Grossinger of San Francisco Estuary Institute, on Wednesday, October 23, from 6-8pm; Blue Urbanism on Wednesday, November 6, from 6-8pm; Landscape as Memory on Wednesday, November 20, from 6-8pm; and Saltscapes: Exploring the South Bay Salt Ponds with photographer Cris Benton on Friday, December 6, from 6-8pm.
Conversations about Landscape brings together two or more practitioners from the related fields of geography, ecology, environmental arts and sciences, policy and design to grapple with contemporary landscape questions. Speakers present their work and engage each other and the audience in a participatory conversation. The series is staged within the context of the Bay Observatory, an exhibit environment exploring issues of environmental change with a particular focus on the Bay Area and beyond. The talks are preceded by an informal reception with time to look at exhibits, engage with one another and meet Observatory staff and guests.
Calendar Editors please note:
Fog City: The Talk Show
3:30-5p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013
Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery
Included with museum admission
Filmmaker Sam Green has been exploring the intersection between cinema, performance, and public programs for several years. In this latest iteration of his form-blending practice, Green will present a live talk show on the subject of fog and San Francisco, using materials and several of the subjects from his documentary film project Fog City from 3:30-5 p.m., Saturday, September 28 in the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery. Guests will include writer Rebecca Solnit, internet fog video sensation Simon Christen, Karl the Fog, and many others. The talk is part of the Exploratorium’s day-long Fog Festival celebration and the first in a new series of Conversations about Landscape. Fog City: The Talk Show is included with museum admission.
From behind Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer’s desk (which was dug out of storage specifically for this event), Green will interview a number of guests whose lives intersect with fog in interesting ways as well as people with witty and insightful things to say on the subject. This talk show will involve a live studio audience, a sidekick, live music, and many of the other trappings of a late night talk show. This event is co-sponsored by the Oakland Museum.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
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.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367