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Burning Man is a literal hotbed of explosions and fire. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he looks at the properties that make up fire through the lens of the Burning Man event. Some moments are so perfectly arresting that they can change the course of our lives. Here, widely influential psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi meditates on those inciting moments of inspiration, and how we might find them anywhere.
We went and talked with the folks who ran the Microzoo camp at Burning Man 2010, and learned about critters in extreme environments. Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains a double rainbow sighting at Burning Man 2010! 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. Master weaver Stacy Speyer explains how her relationship to math morphed from casual curiosity into an intensive study of the multifaceted shapes known as polyhedra. After re-creating these fundamental geometric forms in different materials, she developed her own variations and juxtapositions. 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. In this short interview with Dan Goods, designer, artist, and visual strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goods discusses his art piece, "Jupiter Fog Pool." The piece, inspired by the Juno mission to Jupiter, was part of "Cosmological Constructs," our After Dark event of September 2010. Hayes Valley Farm is a community-run farm on a former freeway
in the middle of San Francisco. The land was slated for condo
development but the plan was put off when the economy slumped.
Out of the ashes of that dream arose a utopia of a different sort; a
suspended reality where fruit trees are grown on what was once a
freeway on-ramp choked with cars. Now there are flowers growing
out of the double yellow lines, and constant opportunities for
children and adults to learn how to grow food and to get dirty doing
it. Although the farm has only an "interim use" permit, meaning
that it can't last forever, farmers Zoey Kroll and Jay Rosenberg
know that the enduring harvest of this project--the truth that even
the most outlandish-sounding things are possible if we make them
so--will far outlive the farm itself.
Meredith Monk has been on the vanguard of interdisciplinary performance
for 45 years. In this conversation from 1984, she discusses her works
of that era, reflects on her process and aspirations for her work, takes
questions, and performs excerpts from Education of the Girlchild.