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Off the Screen: Creeping Garden

Thursday, May 21, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15

Included with museum admission.

Adults Only (18+)


This real-life science fiction movie reveals a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence is redefined. The Creeping Garden is a feature-length, creative documentary following the work of fringe scientists, mycologists, and artists engaged with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mold. “Not animal, not vegetable, not fungi,” slime mold is an organism attributed with primitive intelligence, and is being used to explore biologically inspired design and emergence theory, as well as unconventional computing and robot controllers.

Co-directed by artist-filmmaker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, The Creeping Garden moves between the lab and the wild, hunting for slime molds in their natural habitat. With an original soundtrack by musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man), the film is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing us in the fascinating realities of the observers and the observed.