Off the Screen: Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo

Thursday, April 17, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

Adults Only (18+)

Note: There is limited capacity; entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Watch a live webcast of the first hour (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT) online.

The legendary Joshua Light Show paints an immersive and improvisational environment of light accompanied by the musical group Moon Duo.

Combining analog methods such as liquid light, overhead projection, and mirrors with new video technology, these seminal creators of handmade light shows create visually striking cinema that, harmonized with Moon Duo’s psych-infused, semi-improvisational soundtrack, becomes a deeply synesthetic experience.

Trained by pioneering Bay Area light show artists in the mid-’60s, Joshua White established the Joshua Light Show in 1967. Considered on of the essential and trailblazing artist of the genre, Joshua and his team served as Artists-in-Residence at the Fillmore East, where their innovative manipulations of light accompanied major artists of the era (The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, etc.).

In the early 2000s, a group of artists worked with Joshua to reimagine the light show, combining his traditional methods with innovative video and digital manipulations and introducing the light show to the art world. This new iteration of the Joshua Light Show is a collective of more than 10 collaborators who have performed at a variety of institutions, including London's Barbican Centre, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Mondavi Center.

Moon Duo was formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. Their latest album, Circles, was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay of the same name. “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.”

Photo above by Kimberly Bianca