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Homegrown, handmade and hands-on, there’s no place in the world like the Exploratorium. Now that we’re open at Pier 15, there’s more to explore than ever before. The Exploratorium has commissioned San Francisco-based filmmaker Paul Clipson to create an abstract 16mm film study of the area surrounding our new downtown waterfront site at Pier 15. The film showcases Clipson's extraordinary treatment of the complex natural and cultural systems in the urban landscape, from the ephemeral rhythms of light and water to the rigid order of crosswalks and skyscrapers. Clipson’s work generally involves live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. For this film, an original soundtrack will be written and performed by composer Tashi Wada. There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing. For the past forty years, the Exploratorium has set the standard in hands-on, inquiry-based education. See how our new Pier 15 home, with its new exhibits and expanded resources, is helping us achieve our mission: to change the way the world learns.
For our first episode in a new season of "Science in the City," we explore the creation of a bell for the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15.
Artist Nick Diphillipo has been designing and casting bells and other objects for over thirty years. He teaches bell making at The Crucible in Oakland, California, as well as other foundry-related subjects.
Edited b-roll of establishing shots, exhibits, and visitors for press use of the new Exploratorium at Pier 15. Extended raw b-roll of establishing shots, exhibits, and visitors for press use of the new Exploratorium at Pier 15. In February 2013, Curiosity drilled into a rock called "John Klein" and then analyzed the sample material with its on-board scientific instruments. On March 12, NASA announced that the analyses show conditions on Mars were once favorable for life! Join us to learn more about this breakthrough discovery. This is two minutes of Exploratorium exhibit phenomena B-roll, shot in HD. Exhibit close-up footage includes Light Table, Icy Bodies, and Colored Shadows. What a great day! We were in the Mission and Bayview districts and on the Embarcadero for a free, preopening extravaganza that was part road show, part street festival, and all Exploratorium. On the Move featured a fleet of moving trucks equipped with museum exhibits and experiences accompanied by artworks, films, food, family activities, and live performances that culminated in a spectacular finale at Pier 15.