After Dark: Ice Stories

Thursday, January 26, 2023 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Delve deep into Jen Lewin’s luminous installation The Last Ocean before it leaves the Exploratorium floor! Traverse the artwork’s 1,200-square-foot landscape of interactive platforms—inspired by an Antarctic ice shelf—then learn about how ice sheets are studied, reflect on the impacts of climate change, and get up close with some fascinating ice science. Plus, enjoy special performances from dance collective Mix’d Ingrdnts that will activate and illuminate The Last Ocean.  

The Last Ocean is part of the Exploratorium’s seasonal exhibition Glow: Discover the Art of Light, closing January 29.

Ice Hours
By Nathan Clevenger, Kristina Dutton, Kim Miskowicz, and Camille Seaman

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema

Crafted from over a decade of video footage, Ice Hours features stunning views of Antarctic landscapes and the surrounding ocean set to an original score. Offering a glimpse into the overwhelming majesty of the natural world, the piece reflects on nature’s fragility, and, in turn, on our own fragility. Ice Hours illustrates the interdependence of humans and the natural environment and documents inspiring and endangered features of our changing planet. 

Ice Hours is a collaboration between photographer Camille Seaman, film artist Kim Miskowicz, and composer/musicians Kristina Dutton and Nathan Clevenger.

Dance Performance
By Mix’d Ingrdnts
7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Celebrate the final days of our winter exhibition Glow with this special performance from dance collective Mix’d Ingrdnts! They’ll activate Jen Lewin’s luminous installation The Last Ocean with vibrant, high-energy movement that fuses different dance styles. 

Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company is a multi-ethnic, multi-genre dance collective composed of female-identified artists who work together to contribute to social change.

Flaming Ice
With Eric Muller

7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 5

You won’t believe your eyes as Exploratorium Educator Eric Muller sets ice ablaze—without the ice melting. Join Eric in our outdoor gallery to witness this phenomenon and learn how it’s done!

Studying Ice: New Tools for Deeper Understanding
With Dustin Schroeder and Thomas Teisberg

7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Learn how emerging technologies are poised to reinvent how we capture data about ice sheets and help us better predict rising sea levels. Hear from researchers Dusty Schroeder and Thomas Teisberg about how they’re pairing autonomous drone technology with scientific machine learning to study ice sheets, reduce uncertainty in sea level rise modeling, and expand data collection to support effective future planning.

Dustin Schroeder develops and uses geophysical radar to study Antarctica, Greenland, and the icy moons of Jupiter. He is an Associate Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University and leads the Stanford Radio Glaciology Lab. He has participated in three Antarctic field seasons with the ICECAP project and NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge.

Thomas Teisberg is a PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Stanford University. He works in the Stanford Radio Glaciology Lab and is a Stanford Data Science Scholar.

Studying Ice: Drone Show-and-Tell
With Dustin Schroeder and Thomas Teisberg

8:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Get an up-close look at the autonomous drone technology used by Stanford’s Radio Glaciology Lab to study ice-sheet melt. Researchers Dusty Schroeder and Thomas Teisberg are pairing drones with scientific machine learning to reinvent how ice-sheet data can be collected and better inform sea-level models. After joining them for a talk in the Kanbar Forum at 7:30 p.m., head out to Gallery 1 for this chance to engage in informal conversation and check out some of the tools of their trade.


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