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Join French musician Colleen (Cécile Schott), who pushes the boundaries of playability with acoustic instruments. She'll perform selections from her album, "The Weighing of the Heart," which features a retuned viola da gamba and her voice, plus other pieces.
The legendary Joshua Light Show combines analog methods such as liquid light gels, overhead projection, and mirrors with new video technology to create an immersive and improvisational environment of light accompanied by the musical group Moon Duo.
Join artist, musician, and composer Jem Finer as he performs "Original Soundtracks #5," which inverts the usual supporting role of the soundtrack, and "Starfield," which is based on the unique spectrum of light frequencies found in every star.
Experience some of the fascinating and beautiful technologies that help us transcend our physical limitations. Featuring exoskeletons, wearable computers, 3D-printed prosthetics, electronically enhanced couture, and more.
From a rare 19th century chronophotography experiment by Lucien Bull and Étienne-Jules Marey to a transfixing thrill ride of a car roaring through Paris, these action-packed short films reveal movement that eludes the naked eye.
Celebrated experimental filmmaker Jodie Mack presents enchanting handmade films. Prepare for live soundtracks and lively audience participation in what is sure to be an unforgettable afternoon of cinema. All ages welcome!
Rescuing 16mm films from estate sales, auctions, friends, and neighbors, the Lost & Found Film Club presents rarely screened and underappreciated treasures. Join them for eye-popping experiments, student animations, strange docs, and a 3D short.
Learn how science impacts the arts at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Ariane Koek, Director of the Collide@CERN artist-in-residency program, introduces and moderates a conversation between renowned artist Bill Fontana and CERN cosmologist Subodh Patil.
Use everyday materials to create models and other tools for exploring the world around us. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, these drop-in workshops mix classic activities with open-ended investigations, encouraging participants to follow their hunches to aha! moments of scientific insight.
Six-legged actors take center stage in this creepy-crawly celebration. Centered on the stop-motion insect romance The Cameraman’s Revenge, a deeply innovative specimen of early cinema, this program presents insects acting, observing, and being observed.
Join filmmaker Caroline Martel for a family-friendly program of new works about sound. She’ll share a series of Cymatics, which study the patterns made by visible sound vibrations, as well as archival footage of early electronic instruments.
Filmmaker Caroline Martel pursues the lingering legacy, mystery, and rebirth of the ondes Martenot, an electronic instrument whose unique and evocative sound transfixes musicians and listeners alike. Featuring Q&A with Martel and a special demonstration of the ondes Martenot by Geneviève Grenier.
Contemplate infatuation and its aftermath in this cinematic celebration of love in all its guises. These family-friendly animations and short films creatively frame the relationships that define our lives, from the familial to the romantic.
Join video artist Anne McGuire and collagist Wobbly (Jon Leidecker), collectively the Freddy McGuire Show, as they present a performance that's part Hollywood musical, part documentary, part horror film, and part nature study.
Sex involves the exchange of genetic information resulting in evolution and specialization—and is the reason you have your father’s nose. Peek into the whys and hows of sex and discover some of the surprising ways nature brings sperm and eggs together.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 • 1:00 p.m. screening in the Kanbar Forum, 2:30–4:30 p.m. workshop in the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
A screening of Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean will be followed by a discussion of the Gyre Expedition with photographer Kip Evans, as well as a hands-on art workshop with Los Angeles–based artist Claudio Garzón.
These films bring inventive narratives and spellbinding visuals to bear on the mysteries of outer space. From works incorporating scientific data and visualizations to imaginative indulgences, each film is a singular exploration of the drive to understand the unknown.
Learn about the Rosetta Mission from Exploratorium scientists Paul Doherty and Isabel Hawkins. The Rosetta spacecraft is en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.
Since 1992, video artist and photographer Chip Lord has revisited a series examining city spaces. Straddling the line between documentary and experimental filmmaking, Lord’s films take a unique approach to exploring what defines a city and the factors influencing its constant transmutations.
Exploratorium Cinema Arts is pleased to co-present The Little Tramp at 100: A Charlie Chaplin Centennial Celebration with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. This event at the Castro Theater features three programs showcasing Chaplin’s indelible contribution to cinema. See silentfilm.org for details.
Join our members-only walking excursion where we’ll investigate our waterfront environment, examine brick construction techniques, discuss local history, hike the Filbert Street steps, and hunt for giraffes (yes, giraffes).
Robert Nelson’s legendary Suite California films have not been screened together in the Bay Area for more than thirty years—until now. Experience Nelson’s remarkable vision of his home state and stay for a reception featuring live music from Mike Henderson, William T. Wiley, and friends. Copresented by Canyon Cinema Foundation.
Enjoy classic tales of small-town adventures, seen through the eyes of childhood. Colorful animation and black-and-white photographs transform memories of mid-20th century Wales and Canada into winter wonderlands of youthful surprises, disappointments, and holiday play.
Join our Introduction to the Exploratorium tour, a tour designed for our newer Members who want to learn how to make the most of their museum visits. Travel around with one of our guides and discover favorite exhibits and special tips.
Join Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research, as he describes how weather could hold the key to our current and future energy needs.
Experimental film artist Alex MacKenzie travels from British Columbia to present a trio of fantastical, multi-screen cinematic works. He’ll present works exploring the chemistry, mechanics, and fragility of film as a medium, using live manipulations of 16mm projectors.
Join our Introduction to the Exploratorium tour, designed for our newer Members who want to learn how to make the most of their museum visits. Explore with one of our guides and discover favorite exhibits and special tips.
Join us and learn about Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni, the “father of acoustics,” and the Exploratorium exhibits his work inspired. Get an insider’s peek at our Artist-in-Residence Program and our Visitor Research and Evaluation Program.
Join our Introduction to the Exploratorium tour, designed for our newer Members who want to learn how to make the most of their museum visits. Travel around with one of our guides and discover favorite exhibits and special tips.
Join us for an adult evening of deathly delights, including creepy cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver, and a festive funeral where we’ll mourn scientific notions killed off by cold, hard evidence.
Join us for an afternoon of looking back on "The Best Things in Museums are the Windows," a four-day trek to the summit of Mount Diablo organized by the Exploratorium’s Center for Art & Inquiry in collaboration with artist Harrell Fletcher.
Experience a kaleidoscope of color on the big screen. These dynamic shorts pop, dance, and spin through the color wheel—visualizing the unseen, exploring the expanses of our visual depth, and offering subtle insight into just how colors are made.
This mini-retrospective of work by internationally renowned British-based media artists and Exploratorium Artists-in-Residence Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) explores the material nature of our world and how we experience it.