exploratorium

Visible Spectres by Kerry Laitala

Thursday, October 1–Sunday, November 1, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 6:00–10:00 p.m. (18+)

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Black Box

Included with museum admission.


Science, history, and art converge in this whimsical tribute to San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Lost landscapes from the Fair (including the Exploratorium’s former home, the Palace of Fine Arts) become the backdrop for spectral encounters. Are the spirits of fairgoers getting restless?

Museum visitors who dare enter the Black Box will interact with ethereal forces and become part of a world of ghostly apparitions that spring to life. Just in time for Halloween, Visible Spectres takes as its cue the illusion technique known as Pepper’s ghost, used in theaters, haunted houses, sideshows, and magic tricks.

Do YOU see ghosts?

Kerry Laitala is an award-winning moving-image artist who uses analog, digital, and hybrid forms to investigate the ways in which media influences culture. She considers this approach to making art as a type of media archeology. Laitala’s work resides at the crossroads of science, history, and technology. Her uncanny approach to evolving systems of belief manifests through an array of media including films, videos, installations, photographic works, performances, and kinetic sculpture. She studied photography and film at the Massachusetts College of Art and received her Master in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. Laitala’s 2015 City Luminous series encompasses seven separate works (and counting), spanning the realms of installation, multi-projector performance, photography, and single-channel film, shown thus far at the Palace of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, the California Historical Society, and in solo shows at Oddball Films and Shapeshifters Cinema. Elements of The City Luminous series have been funded by a Special Projects Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission Grant, Yerba Buena Benefit District grant, California Historical Society, and Maurice Kanbar.