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Join us for an exploration of new frontiers in film—where cinematic artworks range beyond the screen to encompass unique combinations of animation, objects, and live performance.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 17, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:05:00
A short video created about an iconic exhibit at the Exploratorium, Ned Kahn's Chaotic Pendulum. An apparently simple set of pendulums is given an initial twist. Intuition says that the resulting motion of this simple system should be, if not simple, at least predictable. Intuition doesn't work with this device though, and its motion is an extremely complicated, and somewhat whimsical, twisting and turning that defies the predictive powers of physics.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 24, 2011
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:03:21
This After Dark event, which explored the science behind slowing down, included artist Joe Mangrum, who created a sand mandala on the floor of the museum. In this timelapse video, shot over 8 hours, you can see the full arc of the work.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:02:07
What are you afraid of? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? This After Dark event investigated the psychology and biology of fear, and included Damian Cooksey confronting his fear by demonstrating the sport of highlining far above visitors’ heads.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: November 16, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:03:05
This After Dark event presented a collection of objects, organizations, and activities use various alternative energy sources, and also looked at sustainably raised food.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 13, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:04:22
For John Edmark, geometry is a foundation for creating beauty. Here he explains his interest in unexpected natural phenemona, and how visitors to his kaleidoscopic piece, The Geometron, can turn simple shapes into surprisingly intricate patterns of reflection.

Project: Geometry Playground | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:04:34
Tauba Auerbach talks about randomness, the unity of art and science, and the way her Geometry Playground piece uses the beauty of geometry to draw visitors into a zone of comfort with math and their own artistic capabilities.

Project: Geometry Playground | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s):
Running Time:
00:02:48
Amy Williams, chair of Fashion at San Francisco's California College of Arts encourages the creative spirit of her students through creation of opulent gowns, made in a day with just pattern makers tissue and tape. The result is not only an education for students, but also a playful and performative experience in the process of fashion creation.

Project: Geometry Playground | Browse All

Date: August 10, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:05:27
Among the highlights of our Geometry Playground event were gravity-defying performances by four aerial artists from TrapezeWorld.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, general science,
Running Time:
00:01:49
A highlight of this After Dark evening was Thee Oh Sees, one of the Bay Area’s best underground bands, who created a playful aural disorientation while playing in front of “visual music” by the late experimental filmmaker and musicologist Harry Smith.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: March 4, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art