Pre-Opening Festival to Bring Exhibits, Experiences and Revelry to San Francisco Neighborhoods
The iconic Exploratorium has packed up more than 43 years of exhibits, gadgets, laboratories and archives in order to move into its new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. In celebration of this historic move, on March 10, 2013 the Exploratorium launches On the Move, a pre-opening festival that’s part road show, part street festival, and all Exploratorium. A fleet of 10 On the Move trucks, each outfitted with different museum exhibits and experiences, will travel to three sites: the Embarcadero outside Pier 15, the Bayview neighborhood and the Mission District. It brings the Exploratorium’s curious blend of sensation, surprise and discovery to neighborhoods and city streets prior to the museum’s opening day on April 17, 2013. All On the Move activities are free and open to the public.
Look for art cars, science activities, performances, food, films, music, and more. The day of festivities will culminate with evening programs and a spectacular finale at Pier 15. Activities on March 10 will be from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on the Embarcadero in front of Pier 15; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco; and 11 a.m. –4 p.m. in the Mission District at Buena Vista Horace Mann School, 3351 23rd Street, San Francisco.
Highlights at various locations include mobile versions of popular exhibits and activities such as Colored Shadows, Shadow Box and Paint with Light. The Exploratorium’s bio lab will outfit a truck with a bioluminescent theme, including displays of photobacteria and glowing worms, while another truck outfitted with monochromatic light from sodium vapor lamps will seem drab and dingy until a flashlight exploration reveals hidden colors everywhere. Participants will be able to play with exhibits like Giant Chair, Turbulent Orb, Your Father’s Nose, and Catenary Arch, see pedal powered contraptions by Fun Bike Unicorn Club, and presentations and activities by community partners and members of the local arts and science communities.
In the Mission District, participants will see cross-cultural dance performances by Cuicacalli escuela de danza, and groove to high-energy beats with inter-generational performing ensemble Loco Bloco. Art cars by Oakland artists Jon Sarriugarte and Kyrsten Mate including a giant snail and a miniature Zeppelin will also make appearances. A paint-by-color mural, created especially for the Exploratorium by a Precita Eyes muralist, will offer a collaborative art opportunity for the community.
Along the Embarcadero, a mobile front porch (really an art car created by Zac Carroll) will serve as a stage for musicians, while a corral of six motorized miniature horses created by Mission Pony will offer rides and interactive games for the public (four of the “ponies” will also be onsite in the Mission District). The Pacific Pinball Museum’s mobile “Lil’ Ju Ju” will be onsite for the pinball wizards in the crowd. Aspiring animators can visit the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts truck for a Scratch Animation Workshop in which participants use impromptu tools like nails, sandpaper, markers and paint to create a new direct animation short on a few feet of 16mm film. Each length of film will be spliced together and shown during the Cinema Arts evening screening at Pier 15.
The Nautilus, an art car in the shape of a submarine created by Chistopher Bently, Sean Orlando and the Five Ton Crane Arts Group will visit the Bayview neighborhood. There will be performances, and a live broadcast by KPOO. In both the Bayview and Mission locations the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program will do Itinerant Filmmaking, encouraging community members to don costumes and act out a special script, which will then be spliced together and shown outside at the Cinema Arts truck at Pier 15 that very evening.
All On the Move activities are free and open to the public. The Exploratorium would like to extend a special thanks to PG&E, Premier Opening Partner; Salesforce, Official Volunteer Sponsor for On the Move; and Community Partners BMAGIC, Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, Brava Theater Center, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, and Sunday Streets.