Exploratorium celebrates spirit of spontaneous experimentation at next adults-only evening event
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Learn how a few simple elements can create infinite possibilities at After Dark: Freestyle – the Exploratorium’s celebration of improvisational traditions and spur-of-the-moment creations at the intersection of art and science. Inspired by the structured improvisational style of freestyle rap – in which an unscripted flow of rhyming poetry is created spontaneously within the strict confines of time and linguistic rules – the evening’s activities will explore the intricate beauty and unique expressions that come from just a few graceful elements. Find your own way to play, and see inspiring new ideas, experiments and talents at this adults-only evening event, Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Take a hands-on, ears-on, full-body exploration of musical cultures from every continent with Michael Bradke of the Mobile Music Museum. An upcoming Exploratorium Osher Fellow, Bradke has traveled the globe with his collection of instruments and sound sculptures, and his museum has been collecting, preserving and developing musical objects for 20 years. From found objects that produce sound, to music made with just the human body, Bradke finds inspiration for music making everywhere. At After Dark: Freestyle, he’ll show groups of aspiring amateurs (and maybe a few pros) how just a few sounds, such as clapping and vocalizations, can help the group make music collectively.
Watch artist Paul Nosa create impromptu embroidered patches using words and ideas from passers-by. As ideas flow and the sewing machine whirs, beautiful pictures, patterns, words and designs are integrated into Nosa’s fabric patches, using no tracing, templates or help from a computer.
After Dark is the first Thursday evening of each month. From 6-10pm, adults ages 18 and up can enjoy programs, cocktails, conversations and adult-oriented activities in science and the arts. After Dark programs include live performances, science lectures and demonstrations, films and new media, and often feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected surprises.
Playful, eclectic, and content-rich, After Dark programs are serious fun. Explore the science behind themes of adult interest from fashion and sex to time and decay. Upcoming After Dark themes include Transformation (September) Fog (October) The Art of Tinkering (November), and Glow (December). Additional programs to be announced. For more information, or to buy advance tickets online go to www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark. After Dark is for adults 18 years and older. Tickets are $15; $10 for members. One part theater, one part cabaret, one part gallery and one part Happy Hour, After Dark is a unique way to experience one of San Francisco’s most beloved museums.