Off the Screen: lucky dragons’ Actual Reality


Thursday, November 20, 2014 • 7:30 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum
Admission: $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
All Ages

Note: This program is open to all ages but the museum is open only to adults (18+) on Thursday evenings.


"...What I used to think of as uninteresting diffuse white light turns out to be pretty damned interesting. If you think of every little area in space containing, in the light, all the information for a full-color, completely detailed image of things both nearby and far away—here in this little area of space, and here. . . and here—then it seems to me that we're walking around all the time in an invisible sea of images. All you have to do to see one of them is to put your eye right "here" and let in one of those little specks of light. And on top of all that, you see it "out there," projected on the real world. Wow!"

—Bob Miller

Inspired by the works of Bob Miller (1935–2007), natural philosopher, light artist, and Exploratorium icon, Actual Reality invites us to wade into a sea of images and sounds and, through attention, catch slippery, individual moments of reality.

During this multimedia performance, a video recreating one of Miller’s “Light Walks”—outdoor explorations of sunlight resolving into images through both naturally occurring pinholes and ingenious props—flows behind musicians improvising from a simple, expansive score. Through a combination of live performance and technological interventions—including a heliostat prototype Miller originally used for tracking the sun—lucky dragons playfully resolves these visual and aural streams into unique experiences of repeating elements.

Actual Reality is presented in conjunction with "Light Walk: The Work of Bob Miller," an exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library on view through February 5, 2014.

lucky dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles–based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active since 2000, lucky dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. luckydragons.org