Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program presents a curated timeline of moving image technology on Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 6:00–10:00 p.m.
16mm projection and live music performance by the Overdub Club (pictured Thad Povey) in the Kanbar Forum during Extended Cinemas on March 6, 2014. Image by Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium. All rights reserved.
SAN FRANCISCO (February 22, 2018) - The Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program announces its annual “Extended Cinemas” as part of the After Dark series of adult-only evening programs. Visitors to this year’s program on March 1 from 6-10 p.m. will experience a range of cinema representing the evolution of cinematic technology from the earliest examples of analog "crankies" to today’s cutting-edge virtual reality. The Exploratorium’s 75,000 square feet of exhibit space will be activated with cinematic exhibits and programs ranging from live storytelling of scrolling panoramas to a presentation on preserving video technology by Bay Area Video Coalition in the South Gallery. And to showcase the cutting edge of new media technology there will be a collaborative performance between musician Amma Ateria and visual artist Osman Koç using sophisticated, sound-reactive software in the Kanbar Forum. Mentioned above are only a few of the programs of the evening, which is one of the most robust After Dark programs of the year.
"Cinema Arts gets one After Dark a year to curate an immersive experience of cinema using the full space of the Exploratorium," says Sam Sharkey, Cinema Arts Coordinator. "In the past, we’ve projected moving images onto unexpected objects, traced forgotten histories of film, and sought out the most thoughtful and provocative uses of Virtual Reality. We’re interested in extending the Exploratorium’s ethos of inquiry-based learning and its spirit of exploration by pushing boundaries of cinema. We get a kick out of illuminating vital film histories while imagining future paradigms. This year we decided to curate the program so visitors get the same sense we feel: that we’re swept up and carried along through the history—and into the future—of cinema."
The Cinema Arts Program officially launched in 1983 when founder and artistic director Liz Keim made a formal proposal for a weekly cinematic venture that pushed the boundaries of cinema in a science setting. The program’s work with filmmakers highlights the overlap of artistic expression and science, often presenting new ways of seeing the built and natural worlds. The program is active on select Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Visitors to the Exploratorium can find examples from its collection throughout the museum year round.
Tickets to the event can be purchased in advance ($17.95) or at the door ($19.95). Individual and Dual After Dark Memberships ($45 and $85 respectively) are also available and grant unlimited access to After Dark (50+ per year) and free access to Friday Nights during the summer, amongst other benefits.
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Contemplate cinema’s continuum at After Dark. Traverse a timeline of motion-picture technology, from the earliest hand-drawn, hand-cranked experiments to cutting-edge experiences that aim—again—to redefine what cinema may be.
Full event schedule for the evening is available on the Exploratorium’s website.