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Light Walk captures former Exploratorium artist and "natural philosopher" Bob Miller (1935-2007) leading a portion of his fabled walk, a blend of performance art and radical pedagogy that evolved into an Exploratorium institution. Developed over many years, Bob's walk was continually nourished by the observations, questions, and astonishment of visitors, teachers, and museum staff. The second season of Resonance kicks off with Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals. Their music is an ecstatic intersection of the tone-generating electronics and guitars of Zachary James Watkins, and the heart-thumping acoustic percussion of Marshall Trammell. Join us as Resonance kicks off its second season with Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals. Sarah Cahill interviews electronic artist and guitarist Zachary James Watkins and percussionist Marshall Tramell. What are salt ponds and why are they are being restored to their natural habitat? The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. When complete, the project will restore 15,100 acres of industrial salt ponds to a rich mosaic of tidal wetlands and other habitats. For more information go to http://www.southbayrestoration.org . Join us for a live chat with researchers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as they study an active volcano beneath the Caribbean Sea. We'll ask them how ocean exploration has changed with the introduction of high-bandwidth satellite communications that allow scientists on shore to join the expedition virtually. Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, an evening new music series at the Exploratorium. Contemporary musicians and sound artists will perform new works and discuss their ideas, techniques, and inspirations with radio host and pianist Sarah Cahill.
For more information go to http://www.exploratorium.edu/resonance Join us for a live chat with artist Lily Simonson aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus,
which is studying an active volcano beneath the Caribbean Sea. A painter and educator
from Los Angeles, Simonson is fascinated by the otherworldly animals of the deep
sea, especially those that live around the superheated waters gushing from cracks on
undersea volcanoes. She’ll tell us what it's like for an artist to collaborate with scientists
at sea and what strange invertebrates she hopes to document. Watch as guests of Exploratorium After Dark collaborate in a hands-on, ears-on exploration of musical cultures from every continent with educator Michael Bradke. We Make the Treasure
by Paul Ramirez Jonas
June 19, 2014–January 2015
Location: Exploratorium Pier 15
The second installment in the Over the Water series of large-scale, commissioned artworks.
Explore the value of objects lost and recovered, above and below the water line, at We Make the Treasure, the second installment in our Over the Water series of large-scale commissioned artworks. By traversing layers of present-day experience and forgotten history, we invite you to investigate the visible and invisible forces that make something a treasure.
Ephemeral, pulsing lines of air bubbles break the surface of the water between Piers 15 and 17, suggesting the ghostly outline of the Beeswing, a schooner that sank on February 17, 1863, as it returned to San Francisco from Monterey. Near the bubbling wreck is a rowboat loaded with mysterious cargo. Visitors are invited to interact with the imagined treasure of the Beeswing by using a crane to find and exchange a haul comprised of coin-sized objects of indeterminate value.
We Make the Treasure is curated by the Exploratorium’s Center for Art & Inquiry in collaboration with the Studio for Public Space. Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time in New York, served as advising curator. Ever notice a brick-lined circle embedded into a street intersection? Keep an eye out and you'll see them throughout San Francisco. As part of the San Francisco Fire Department's Auxiliary Water Supply System, these brick circles indicate a cistern full of water. Join SFFD's Chief Ken Lombardi and Firefighter Hashim Anderson as they discuss the history and function of these cisterns, and demonstrate the drafting procedures used to access the water.