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Watch celebrated artist Alexa Meade transform a live model into a seemingly two-dimensional tableau. Reversing the tradition of trompe l’oeil, the Renaissance painting technique in which objects appear real, Alexa Meade painstakingly applies acrylic paint onto actual people and objects, creating illusions of seamless, two-dimensional portraits. Unified by bold brushwork reminiscent of mid-20th-century painting styles, her subjects appear flattened, as if painted on canvas, even when viewed from different angles. Meade’s work invites a deep exploration into the nature of perception, the role of photography in viewing ephemeral artworks, and the sudden intimacy of portraiture.

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Brad Barton mesmerized and delighted audiences at this August's After Dark: Illusions. He presented his new show, Subliminal, which combines magic, “mind reading,” and humor to showcase the powers of suggestion, influence, and persuasion.

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Brad Barton mesmerized and delighted audiences at this August's After Dark: Illusions. He presented his new show, Subliminal, which combines magic, “mind reading,” and humor to showcase the powers of suggestion, influence, and persuasion.

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Brad Barton mesmerized and delighted audiences at this August's After Dark: Illusions. He presented his new show, Subliminal, which combines magic, “mind reading,” and humor to showcase the powers of suggestion, influence, and persuasion.

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Brad Barton mesmerized and delighted audiences at this August's After Dark: Illusions. He presented his new show, Subliminal, which combines magic, “mind reading,” and humor to showcase the powers of suggestion, influence, and persuasion.

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Immerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends the possibilities of cinema. See aspects of film rarely displayed: unusual film formats with Dino Everett and an insider view into projectionists’ techniques with Paul Clipson. Enter worlds created by Elise Baldwin—investigating collective memory—and by Wet Gate, a 16mm projector–playing ensemble. Experience Thad Povey and Mark Taylor’s multiturntable record player, the realization of their near-identical dreams, and Tooth’s multiprojector dreamscape installation. Play with the Eunoics Light Club as they summon seemingly living forms using lenses, filters, and mirrors. Debate the merits of short films with Brian Darr and make your own cinematic toys and sound effects. Finally, make your exploration of film not just figurative but literal by seeking—and finding—four films shown in the museum’s out-of-the-way corners.

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Robots have gone where no one has gone before and sent back photographs of things never before seen. Witness robot-captured photos of hellaciously hot venus, cryogenically cold Titan, and many places in between. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty to a brief exploration of the images that have captured our imaginations.

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As cameras became more sophisticated, so too did our understanding of projective geometry. In this brief talk, we’ll explore how the art of photography has helped reveal the elegant mathematics of vision.

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We are thrilled to host Hubble Imaging expert, Zolt Levay, from the Space Telescope Institute for a discussion about the science and art of translating Hubble's data into colorful photographs of the cosmic landscape.

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Neutrinos can escape from extremely dense environments around black holes or the heart of a star, and thus carry unique information on the most violent processes in the universe—and may shed light on the nature of dark matter.