Saturday Cinema: Powers of Observation

Saturday, September 10, 2016 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

An essential practice for both scientists and artists, observation is key to navigating many Exploratorium experiences. With a little patience, our powers of perception deliver information, surprises, and deeper understanding. Join us for a series of inspiring short films and watch as wonders are revealed.


Zea (1981, 5 min.), by Andre Leduc and Jean-Jacques Leduc, studies a single phenomenon that is beautiful to see, but hard to describe. What's your best guess?

Frame (1990, 3 min.), by Lew Alquist, moves quickly through time in a single space. Watch a whole day go by in the blink of any eye.

Sour Death Balls (1992, 5 min.), by Academy Award–winner Jessica Yu, offers a hilarious study of human faces showcasing our differences and similarities.

The Unseen Sea (2010, 3 min.), by Simon Christen, offers stunning views of San Francisco's fog as it creeps, swells, and laps against buildings and hills.