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After Dark: Discover Wonder

Live performance of Sky Creature.
After Dark: Discover Wonder

The Exploratorium is your playground for experiential learning! Tonight only, step inside the Kanbar Forum for an extended set by post-punk Sky Creature in collaboration with artist Tony Orrico. Sky Creature’s high energy and genre-crossing music creates the fuel for Orrico’s graphite drawings, which are created in response and in concert with the music and using his entire body. And, reflect on the future of cities facing climate change. Researchers on the frontlines of this work—one who engages with art to curb the impacts of “heat islands” and another who works directly with climate refugee communities—will share their work and approaches to community-based positive change.

Be sure to experience our special exhibition The Great Animal Orchestra, which immerses you in the biophony of the natural world.

Sky Creature
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
With Tony Orrico    

NYC-based duo Sky Creature crosses contemporary classical music with ambient rock. Tony Orrico is a kinetic visual artist who creates life-sized graphite works using his entire body. In this high-energy performance, the music progresses from sound bath to ecstatic electronic raga, while Orrico’s canvas thickens with lines.

Sky Creature is vocalist Majel Connery and guitarist Matt Walsh. Occupying a space between art music and punk rock, the band's sound elicits comparisons with artists from Kate Bush to Suicide. Walsh toured for over a decade as one half of post-punk duo The Forms, sharing the stage with artists ranging from The National to St. Vincent to Hum. Connery’s solo music has been featured on Radiolab, New Sounds Radio, and Live from the Kennedy Center. They are currently finishing their first LP with Steve Albini. 

Visual and performing artist Tony Orrico often uses his entire body to produce life-sized graphic art on the walls and floors of major museums and performance spaces around the world. He has presented at Centre Pompidou-Metz, New Museum, and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing. Orrico is currently Assistant Professor of Dance and Sculpture/Intermedia at the University of Iowa. 

Future Cities and Climate Change
8:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
With For La Diaspora

We are just beginning to understand the cascading, complex systems shift that will come as a result of climate change. Facing instability, the places where we live will face ever more complex challenges and require ever more creative solutions. Building in creativity and equity from the beginning is critical to creating resilient and healthy places for everyone. The intersection of art and activism is a key place where these solutions are emerging. It’s a space where there's room to be creative, nimble, and responsive to community needs. 

Daniel and Bruni Pizarro are the husband and wife team behind La Diaspora, a creative studio that connects brands to the Latine community through culturally driven design and bilingual communications. Through their work, they are exploring how art, activism, and technology can create new solutions and connections that respond to climate change and the complex impacts on communities. Bruni will discuss her ethnographic work with Puerto Rican women relocated to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria, and Daniel will showcase how public murals and digital communications can engage local communities in a creative process to better understand how heat in cities and climate change impact their lives. 

Bruni Pizarro (she/ella) is the Director of Brand Strategy and Partner at For La Diáspora. She most recently served as Executive Director of Junta, the oldest Latine organization in New Haven, CT. She holds an MA in environmental science from the Yale School of the Environment and holds a BS in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. Her most recent published work centers on climate change–induced disaster and forced migration and its impact on displaced Puerto Rican women in New Haven. 

Daniel Pizarro (he/él) is the Creative Director and Partner at For La Diáspora. He is a Yale Climate Engagement Fellow, an interdisciplinary collaboration among the Yale School of Art, Architecture, and Environment that explores public engagement of climate change through art and design. Daniel holds an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art and a BA from UCLA Design Media Arts. Daniel has exhibited his work internationally at the Brno Biennial and has been published in Graphic magazine. 

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.