After Dark: Civic Hacks

Thursday, September 4, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Exploratorium Pier 15

$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Adults Only (18+)

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

How would you improve our city’s public spaces? Contribute your vision at After Dark. Play in a parade of pianos, design a miniature Market Street, and test whimsical exhibits in preparation for next year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Learn how cities can be designed for joy with interactive artist George Zisiadis. Take a seat on his Grass Bench and hear yourself walk through water, leaves, and snow in his Stepping Sounds installation. Tickle the ivories al fresco with Sunset Piano, and enjoy performances by founder Mauro ffortissimo and composer Benjamin Larsen Strong Gribble accompanied by visuals from Twelve Pianos, Dean Mermell’s forthcoming documentary about the project.

Climb through the Gyroid exhibit, enter a camera obscura, and jump into a full-body exploration of musical cultures from every continent with educator Michael Bradke. Watch William H. Whyte’s classic The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces and glimpse San Francisco before the 1906 quake in A Trip Down Market Street. Help design a miniature Market Street with urban planner James Rojas, and meet with Neil Hrushowy of the San Francisco Urban Planning Department to see how small-scale hacks are transforming the city’s central corridor from the asphalt up.