After Dark: Move

Thursday, August 11, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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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.

Gear up for a night of cogs and contraptions, analog gadgets and Rube Goldberg chain reactions. Immerse yourself in a delightful array of mechanical objects, from cinematic devices to gears of all sorts. Check out an interactive shadow-puppet installation by Emmy Award–winning Manual Cinema, and experience a performative talk that reveals how they craft multimedia stories like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Move is part of a series of adults-only summer programming inspired by The Art of Tinkering exhibition, open June 18 through September 5.

Photo of Manual Cinema’s Hansel and Gretel © Bernard Coutant.


Multimedia Shadow Play
With Manual Cinema

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio

Step into the Wattis Studio and create your own form of live cinema in an installation designed by Emmy Award–winning Manual Cinema. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of going to the movies and imbues it with energy, ingenuity, and theatricality. Experiment with some of the same tools Manual Cinema uses in its productions to craft your own immersive multimedia shadow play. Get inspired by the familiar materials you encounter and continue your experiments at home!

Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company founded by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. The company was awarded an Emmy in 2017 for The Forger, a video created for The New York Times, and named Chicago Artists of the Year in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

Behind the Scenes 
With Manual Cinema

8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

In this performative talk, go behind the scenes with Manual Cinema Co-Artistic Director Sarah Fornace. Since its founding in 2010, Chicago-based Manual Cinema has cultivated a distinct approach to performance that merges handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Tonight, dive into their process and find out how they craft their unique form of live cinema. You’ll discover the surprising ways that familiar materials (including your own body!) can be used to transformative effect.

Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company founded by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. The company was awarded an Emmy in 2017 for The Forger, a video created for The New York Times, and named Chicago Artists of the Year in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune.

Can't attend in person? Join us via livestream!

 

Water Rhythms Opening
By Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes

6:00–10:00 p.m. (Installation open)
7:00–8:00 p.m. (Meet the artist)
Osher Gallery 1, Black Box

Join us for a preview of Water Rhythms, a story of climate change told by ice and water. The immersive sound installation is a collaboration between sound artist Susie Ibarra and climate scientist Michele Koppes. The multichannel spatial soundscape has been rearranged and composed for the Exploratorium’s Black Box. This version incorporates field recordings of the San Francisco Bay with recordings from five global watersheds, from the Greenland Ice Sheet to glacier-fed rivers in the Himalayas and the Pacific Northwest. 

From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.,  meet Susie for conversation and questions! 

Susie Ibarra is a Pilipinx composer, drummer/percussionist, and sound artist who focuses on creating and supporting work that preserves ecosystems of biodiverse habitats and traditional and Indigenous cultures.

Michele Koppes is a Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change, an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, the Director of the Climate and Cryosphere Lab, and a Senior TED Fellow.

 

Giant Chain Reaction
With Gianna Canamar and Jacky Lin

6:00–9:00 p.m. (Build time)
9:00 p.m. (Reaction)
Bechtel Gallery 3

Channel your inner Rube Goldberg and join us in celebrating the Exploratorium’s Art of Tinkering exhibition by constructing a giant chain reaction! Get your creative juices flowing and cooperate with other groups of visitors for a spectacular finale at the end of the night.

Build with us from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., then gather at 9:00 p.m. to watch the reaction.

 

Moving Pictures
With John Berzins

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Experience John Berzins’s inventive artwork Moving Pictures. A tethered film projector moves along a circular track of celluloid, projecting a home movie onto its portable screen. As the evening progresses, dust and dirt cloud the projector, causing images to deteriorate or intensify, much like the memories revisited on film. 

 

Rhythm Blocks
With the Tinkering Studio

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Tinker with mechanisms and unusual sound makers to construct a collaborative, moving, mechanical soundscape.

 

Scratch Animation Workshop
With Antonella Bonfanti, Adrianne Finelli, and Kristin Lipska

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Become a maverick of 16mm direct animation at this hands-on workshop. We’ll provide a 16mm film loop and all the tools you need to create a five-second animated film. From painting on the celluloid to scratching at the emulsion, you can let your creativity take over—and you’ll learn a little about the analog filmmaking process along the way. See your creations projected, then take your tiny motion picture home with you.

 

DJ Mark Maiden
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Mark Maiden from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! Mark Maiden of the Rockit City DJs is a veteran DJ from the Bay Area specializing in hip-hop, rare grooves, and funky soul.

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through hip-hop culture.

 

Cash Bar
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6


Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar location during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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