After Dark: Poetic Machines

Thursday, November 3, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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Adults Only (18+)

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With inspiration and ingenuity, even the most functional machines can be used to express creativity. Tonight, unlock the aesthetic potential of pre-digital machines. Explore a collection of analog exhibits that are more than the sum of their parts. Let artist PNosa translate your words into imaginative imagery using a sewing machine. And experience new 16mm-projector performances by Madison Brookshire and Tomonari Nishikawa that push the boundaries of cinema.

Expanded Cinema
With Madison Brookshire and Tomonari Nishikawa

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

Three new projector performance works by Madison Brookshire and Tomonari Nishikawa challenge the conventions of cinema and illuminate our theater through layerings of light and stripping of shadow.   


Double or Nothing by Madison Brookshire (2022)
Performance for two 16mm projectors, harmonium, sine tone, and voice.

Offset 16mm projectors create an un-moving image: a field of light with a bright, inset rectangle. 

No. 1, 2022 by Madison Brookshire (2022)
One 16mm film on six reels, overlapping projection, color, and sound.

Temporally symmetrical 16mm films fail to negate one another, creating a work of non-cinema.

Six Seventy-Two Variations, Variation 2 by Tomonari Nishikawa (2022) 
16mm-film projection performance and sound.

Nishikawa uses a wood-carving knife to scratch off the photographic emulsion of looped film and produces visuals and sound as a live performance.

Madison Brookshire makes films, paintings, and performances. His work invites viewers to become aware of perceptual processes and the sensuous experience of time. He frequently collaborates with musicians and composers such as LCollective, Laura Steenberge, Mark So, and Tashi Wada. 

Tomonari Nishikawa is a filmmaker whose work explores the idea of documenting situations and phenomena through a chosen medium and technique, often focusing on the process itself. He is one of the cofounders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival and Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. He teaches in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University.

Sewn Scenarios
With PNosa

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Gallery 2

Think of any scenario. Describe your scenario in a sentence using five words or less. Now watch as artist PNosa interprets your words and uses a sewing machine to draw the resulting image on fabric.

Embroidered patches will be available for purchase.

PNosa is a sewing artist who draws with a sewing machine (without a computer or a template) powered by a solar panel and a bicycle electric generator. PNosa is on a sewing tour across America facilitating people’s creativity and demonstrating alternative energy sources.

Motion Pictures
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Enjoy a selection of short films presented by the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program. These “motion” pictures delight in the mechanical ballet of industrial machines and the whimsy of kinetic sculptures. 

Exemplary Exhibits
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Various locations throughout the museum

Discover exhibits throughout the museum that represent elegant, creative, and thought-provoking displays of mechanical motion. Pick up an exhibit checklist at the digital monitor in the Crossroads, then start exploring!  

DJ Maitre D
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Maitre D from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! Maitre D first picked up DJing way back in the ’80s. Soon he was spinning at great ’80s clubs, before turning those experiences to the world of mobile DJing. 

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 Bars
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Dolby Atrium and Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum 

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

Curious about what to expect during your visit? Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines.