More about the Exploratorium website: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? How does inspiration move from person to person? Join us for an audio slide show series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively, and presents the human stories behind creative accomplishments.


Browsing 10 - 20 results of 23 programs from project - Driven: True Stories of Inspiration


Driven:  Vulnerable, Exuberant (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:22
Thao Nguyen is a prolific San Francisco-based musician and songwriter who has recorded four albums already in her young career. In this candid reflection on her songwriting practice, she describes her process of shaping her emotional struggles and introspection into words, music, and then into exuberant performance. At the core of her practice is a drive to mine her personal experiences to provide empathy and camaraderie for others going through lifeís darker moments.

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Date: April 16, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: thao, thao nguyen, inspiration, songwriting, music

Links: Thao's Official Website

Driven:  Extraordinarily Splendid (Slideshow)
Running Time:
03:45
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California, is an encyclopedic museum holding many splendid, unique, and puzzling treasures. It's a carnival of delights and ideas, many of them outside of the commonly held canons of fact and accomplishment. It slips around the question, 'is it real?', refusing to pit fact against fiction or art against data, instead weaving it all together into something more mysterious and joyful. In this first of two segments on the museum, curator David Wilson welcomes us into his worlds of inspiration, and parts the curtain to reveal how this impossible place indeed exists.

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Date: December 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: david wilson, museum of jurassic technology


Driven:  The Avalanche of Ideas (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:00
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California, is an encyclopedic museum holding many splendid, unique, and puzzling treasures. It's a carnival of delights and ideas, many of them outside of the commonly held canons of fact and accomplishment. It slips around the question, 'is it real?', refusing to pit fact against fiction or art against data, instead weaving it all together into something more mysterious and joyful. In this second of two segments on the museum, curator David Wilson welcomes us into his worlds of inspiration, and parts the curtain to reveal how this impossible place indeed exists.

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Date: December 19, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: david wilson, museum of jurassic technology, driven, inspiration


Driven:  The Wig Master (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:00
Gerd Mairandres, Head of the Wig and Make-Up Department at the San Francisco Opera for over 30 years, takes us backstage before a performance of Madama Butterfly to share his passion for wigs and makeup and his enduring love of opera.

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Date: November 20, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Driven:  Outside the Walls (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:30
In this show, we explore the Outdoor Exploratorium project, a collection of exhibits that enhance a unique and iconic landscape on the edge of San Francisco Bay. We hear from Exploratorium exhibit developers Shawn Lani and Steve Gennrich, who reflect on the challenges and rewards of going outside the walls of the museum--and way outside of their familiar ways of working--to successfully bring exhibits into the open air.

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Date: November 6, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): outdoor

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Driven:  The Hopeful Gesture (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:10
Megan and Rick Prelinger opened their personal library in San Francisco in 2004, seeking to share their collection of books and resources with a larger community. In this show, Megan shares her story of making this "hopeful gesture" towards a world where knowledge is accessible to all. As she puts it, "in utopia, there are no closed stacks."

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Date: October 22, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, history

Keywords: prelinger library, prelinger archive, books, film, assets, appropriation, librarian


Driven:  This World Unfolding (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:00
Biologist Kristina Yu and exhibit developer Denise King share their love for the mighty (and mightily underappreciated) microorganism.

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Date: October 8, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: microscope, imaging station, cell, bacteria


Driven:  Together (Slideshow)
Running Time:
4:15
The Explainers are the go-to people on the Exploratorium's floor--in their trademark orange vests, they roam the vast museum, helping visitors engage with the exhibits. In this show, we explore the field trip Explainers, a team of people from all different backgrounds, some of whom had little interest in science before getting involved here. The story isn't just about our home team, it's about the broader possibilities of teamwork and togetherness.

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Date: September 24, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
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Driven:  Inspire: A Visit With Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:52
Some moments are so perfectly arresting that they can change the course of our lives. Here, widely influential psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi meditates on those inciting moments of inspiration, and how we might find them anywhere.

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Date: September 10, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Driven:  Flowers on the Freeway (Slideshow)
Running Time:
04:45
Hayes Valley Farm is a community-run farm on a former freeway in the middle of San Francisco. The land was slated for condo development but the plan was put off when the economy slumped. Out of the ashes of that dream arose a utopia of a different sort; a suspended reality where fruit trees are grown on what was once a freeway on-ramp choked with cars. Now there are flowers growing out of the double yellow lines, and constant opportunities for children and adults to learn how to grow food and to get dirty doing it. Although the farm has only an "interim use" permit, meaning that it can't last forever, farmers Zoey Kroll and Jay Rosenberg know that the enduring harvest of this project--the truth that even the most outlandish-sounding things are possible if we make them so--will far outlive the farm itself.

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Date: August 27, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art

Keywords: farm, hayes valley farm, zoey kroll, jay rosenberg

Links: Hayes Valley Farm official website

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