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As a part of the Exploratorium's opening ceremonies, Miwa Matreyek performed in our Outdoor Gallery on April 17, 2013. In her live performance, Matreyek interacted with beautifully expressed cinematic narratives that unfolded as wondrous journeys, exploring nature and the human imagination.
This magical piece integrates live performance and projected animation. As artist Miwa Matreyek moves behind the screen, her shadow becomes the protagonist in a fantastical world of her own creation. Join us for an exploration of new frontiers in film—where cinematic artworks range beyond the screen to encompass unique combinations of animation, objects, and live performance. This video includes interviews with Exploratorium Executive Director Dr. Dennis Bartels and Exploratorium Chairman of the Board George Cogan about Piers 15 and 17, as well as a fly-through animation of the future home of the Exploratorium. Animated abstract images create a portrait of matter in perpetual decomposition. An introduction to a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon. A detailed demonstration of how to make a stroboscope, including a discussion of materials needed. The science behind the Whirling Watcher stroboscope, including a discussion of the phenomenon called persistence of vision, which in this activity creates the illusion of a galloping horse. What is anime? Anime is Japanese for animation. You've probably seen anime before, but didn't realize it. Cartoons from the '80s such as Thundercats, Voltron, and even Starblazers were all anime. On Saturday, August 18th, 2001 the Exploratorium hosted its first anime Webcast. We featured an Anime Trivia Show that tested the skills of three brave souls. Got anime?