This first Tinkering Social Club event is based on the sold-out first edition book by photographer Todd McLellan about his "compulsion/hobby" – taking things apart, then displaying and organizing them in new and beautiful ways
Photographer Todd McLellan is compelled to take things apart and display them in the most orderly yet beautiful way possible. The resulting images are arresting and fascinating at the same time, and have been printed in his recently acclaimed book, Things Come Apart: A Teardown for Modern Living.
The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio will host the first Tinkering Social Club, inspired by Todd’s work, on Thursday, August 8th from 7-9 pm, during the museum’s adult-only evening hours. During the event, visitors will be invited to take apart tools and other mechanical objects alongside Todd as he works. The Tinkering Studio will provide objects that can be safely dismantled, or visitors can bring their own. Adult-only evening hours are for 18+ only from 6-10pm on Thursday evenings; admission is $15 ($10 for members).
Todd will be in residence in the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio August 7-10. During his residency, Todd will be disassembling an object, then setting up a photo shoot to create a new image that may end up in his next book. Visitors can follow his process and progress from start to end.
The Tinkering Social Club is an experiment in learning through tinkering as a community. It's an opportunity for the curious and the adventurous, experts and novices alike, to come together and mess about with tools, materials, and technologies. It’s a chance to share what you know and what you don't know, talk about your passions and discover new ones, and meet some delightfully quirky people. August 8th will be the first official Tinkering Social Club, which is slated to become a regular Thursday night event later in the year.
The Tinkering Social Club is made possible by the generous support of Autodesk, the Exploratorium’s neighbor on the Embarcadero at Pier 9, and one of the Exploratorium’s Corporate Partners.
Autodesk’s support is part of the Exploratorium’s collaboration with leading businesses to identify ways to support science education in new ways.
Other corporate partners include: Genentech, which has made it possible for 20,000 California public school teachers annually to receive one free general admission voucher to the Exploratorium, over the next two years. Similarly, PG&E is supporting free school field trips for more than 20,000 Title I school students in the region and Chevron will support the launch of a series of STEM Education Teacher Conferences that will provide professional development to more than 200 teachers in preparation of the Next Generation of Science Standards.
In total, more than $4 million in corporate partnerships have been contributed towards these STEM education initiatives this year.