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Musician and comedian Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former home using only his voice and a looping machine. Are the stripes spinning . . . or are you?
Exploratorium exhibit "Silage Beach," by Artist-in-Residence Mowry Baden. When a moving scene dominates your field of view, you almost always perceive yourself as moving and the scene as stationary. You assume that you must be moving because in normal, everyday life, you move through the landscape–it doesn't move past you.
Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Exploratorium film by Lynn Rosen and Steve Giordano for KVOS-TV, Bellingham, Washington, 1974 Panama, Pork Pie, Bowler, Fedora—the hat is back. Reviving the traditional art of handmade haberdashery, the women of "Paul's Hat Works" in San Francisco guide us through their century-old hat-making process, from custom measurement and blocking of the felt blank to hand-stitched finishing and the final flange. For more information on "Paul"s Hat Works" go to http://www.hatworksbypaul.com/. British artist and tinkerer Tim Hunkin takes a break from installing his latest creation for the Exploratorium — a massive, whimsical, kinetically sculptural clock featuring legions of tiny tinkerers at work — to discuss the clock’s inspiration and evolution over a proper English cup of tea. Find your rhythm. Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Two different views–one for each eye–create a 3-D image.
Like your own two eyes, the two video cameras atop the screen are separated by a short distance. Both views are projected simultaneously onto the screen.
Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Virgin America's Captain Christopher Owens gives us a tour of their high-tech flight simulator used for pilot training and reveals just why simulation is an effective learning tool. Join JoAnne Hewett, a theoretical physicist from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and Maria Spiropulu, a Caltech experimental physicist working at CERN, who came to the Exploratorium to speak with us about the implications of the Higgs discovery. With a roll of thin plastic diffraction grating and some "stolen" sunlight, artist and exhibit developer Pete Stephens transformed the interior of the Palace of Fine Arts into a dazzling riot of spectral color. As he works to recreate the effect at the new Exploratorium at Pier 15, Stephens recounts the challenges—and the inspiration—of this expansive experiment in light.