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"Rat Creek is a broken tale, that trickles under the plastic welcome mats of a mobile home community..." In this special "b-side" edition of Driven, we continue our exploration of the work of Adam Ansell and the Gray Area Theater Ensemble. As the debut performance of "Rat Creek" nears, the actors are abuzz with joy and anxiety. When the actors finally enter the stage, Adam's work is done, and the play takes on a life of its own.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: January 18, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
04:20
Theater director Adam Ansell has developed a unique way of working during the 20 years that he's been running the Gray Area Ensemble in San Francisco. The doors are open to anyone who wants to participate, from experienced performers to those who have no experience in the arts. This uncommon group of ever-changing collaborators creates spellbinding, gorgeously dystopic theatrical spectacles which are both fantastical and very real. In this show, we enjoy a peek into the joyful and chaotic creation process of the "Rat Creek", The Gray Area Ensemble's latest work, which will be presented to the public at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco January 11-15th 2012.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: January 8, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:01:30
At the Exploratorium, we are always experimenting. In this video, watch a close-up vantage of a bicycle trip along Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: December 16, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art, general science, physics
Running Time:
00:04:52
Award-winning Bay Area artist Veronica De Jesus teaches painting and drawing at The National Institute of Arts and Disabilities (NIAD) in Richmond, California. In this episode, De Jesus introduces us to NIAD and its resident artists, and shares how her own art practice is nourished by her work there.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: October 14, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:04:58
Throughout history, tattoos have represented conquests, coming of age, religion, spirituality, art, and even punishment. Today, tattoos are alive and thriving as a form of personal expression. How have modern techniques changed this art form? What are best practices in tattoo creation and care? Why are tattoos permanent—and when are they not? Join us as we "talk tat" with artitsts Suzanne "Fishy" Shifflett and Tanya Wischerath of Modern Electric Tattoo in San Francisco.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: September 28, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:01:25
In this new series of short works, local Super-8 filmmaker and Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Paul Clipson gets up close and personal with a dynamic cast of dragonflies, spiders, ants, butterflies, and slugs. These lyrical and concentrated studies reveal the world as more complicated, ugly, and beautiful than we had ever imagined. Accompanied by a newly-commissioned soundtrack by Berlin-based musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. To view this film join us at the Exploratorium! Show is ongoing through Sunday, Oct 2, 2011

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: September 22, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
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On August 4, 2011 After Dark Blue delved into the color of cool with explorations of indigo, underwater vision, color photography, and blues performances by Lady Bianca, Bobbie Webb, and Fillmore Slim.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: August 22, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
04:20
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is a poet who collects inspiration from the everyday--walking in the city, looking at people, listening to language--as well as from her imagination and memory. In this show we explore her process and product.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 15, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:02:00
An homage to the color of passion and pageantry, Red featured special presentations, classic exhibits, and fiery performances by San Francisco’s Theatre Flamenco.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:05:30
Goerte once described architecture as "frozen music," observing their common foundation in mathematics, geometry, and aesthetics. But what is the sound of a skyscraper? A warehouse? A bridge? Here we explore the connections between architecture and music, juxtaposing San Francisco buildings with musical compositions influenced by architecture. This experimental segment of Science in the City asks more questions than it answers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: July 13, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Architecture, Music, art