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After Dark: Seeing Is Believing

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After Dark: Seeing Is Believing

​​Step into the world of illusions at After Dark! Join us for a throwback to the Victorian era with artist Melissa Ferrari. Using a magic lantern projector and hand-painted slides, Melissa will take us on a journey with creatures that may—or may not—be real. Then keep on exploring the line between reality and perception with our 650+ interactive exhibits, including a dancing robot, batman zoetrope, human-sized kaleidoscope, and much more.

Relict: A Phantasmagoria
8:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
Expanded Cinema Performance by Melissa Ferrari

Relict: A Phantasmagoria is an experimental documentary performed with authentic 19th-century magic lanterns and hand-drawn animation. Invoking the history of magic lantern phantasmagoria as an exercise in belief and perception, Relict considers the zeitgeist of pseudoscience, fake news, religion, and documentary ethics collapsed within contemporary cryptozoology.

Leading up to the documentary is a lantern lecture given by artist Melissa Ferrari, which shares tales of the original phantasmagoria experience, introduces the physicists and magicians who invented this immersive horror spectacle, and presents scholarship on its social context and cultural significance. These stories are accompanied by a display of antique lantern slides from the traditions of phantasmagoria and scientific lantern shows.

Melissa Ferrari is an experimental animator, nonfiction filmmaker, magic lanternist, and educator who seeks to acquaint folklores of the past with contemporary culture. In exposing peripheral histories, she aims to unveil the wonder that lies in the shadow of nonfiction—rather than fiction. Her practice engages with the mythification of science and pseudoscience, the preternatural, and the history of phantasmagoria.

Thaumatropes
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon
With the Explainers 

Make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era toy that spins two pictures into a single image with the help of string and the phenomenon of persistence of vision. All materials are provided and you can take what you make with you.

Magic
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon
With the Explainers

Get ready to be amazed by how math can mystify through a deck of cards. 

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