Kick off the inaugural MAX (Media, Arts, Exploration) Festival at the Exploratorium as we celebrate humanity’s modern frontier: space. Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences, the MAX Festival has gathered local and international artists who explore the new space age.
Space Travel Sci-Fi Style With Sarah Hotchkiss
7:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Come fly with us where ‘man’ has never gone before: in this playful talk, we’ll watch clips from sci-fi films both thought-provoking and ridiculous, test our knowledge of space travel, and determine which fictions of the future we might like to bring into being.
Heisenberg With Janani Balasubramanian
7:15 p.m. | Gallery 5
Heisenberg is a large-group augmented-reality game exploring uncertainty, precision, and chaos. Participants start at the beginning of the universe and move through a series of matter/energy transformations, each emphasizing limits on personal understanding - a cue from particle physics and the game’s namesake, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
Everything Matters: Strontium With Ron Hipschman
8:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
The soft, reactive metal strontium makes toys glow in the dark, helped made the TV revolution possible, and sometimes sneaks into our bones - harmlessly, unless it’s the radioactive isotope strontium-90. Absorb the past, present, and possible future of strontium with Exploratorium scientist and raconteur Ron Hipschman.
Robots as Our Partners/Pas De Deux
Talk and Performance
8:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Engage with a pas de deux like you’ve never seen before, one created by the interaction between dancer-choreographer Alice Sheppard and a robot ‘inspired’ by Alex Reben. As an introduction to robots as our avatars, Sasha Samochine of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Visual Operations Lab will introduce the robots JPL has trekking through the solar system, from Mars to Jupiter. Take it all in and imagine the ways technology reflects and interrogates our humanity.
Living/Distance With Xin Liu
6:30-9:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Living/Distance explores how each of us holds a relatively inconsequential, yet wholly unique place in this world. Brought to life in space, Liu’s sculpted avatar dances through the cosmos on a Blue Origin rocket. Footage of the space voyage and poet Abigail Wender’s narration of Xin’s journey of creation combine to provide an immersive and truly otherworldly experience.
Intergalactic Travel Bureau With Guerrilla Science
6:30-9: 30 p.m. | Gallery 4 Demo Station
Plan your vacation to Mars! Or why not a SuperNova? The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is the farthest-reaching and friendliest travel agency in the universe. Enjoy a VR preview of your voyage before you go.
Direct Animation With the Tinkering Studio
7:00-9:00 p.m. | Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio
Ready to embrace your calling as a filmmaker? Use nails, dental tools, sandpaper, paint, and a host of other impromptu tools to collaborate on a new cinematic work created directly onto 16mm film. The communally made film will premiere at the conclusion of the program.
Spacewoman of the Underground With Christine Zuecher
7:30-9:30 p.m. | Gallery 4
Wearing a handmade spacesuit and wielding tools for excavation, Christine Zuercher performs an attempt to dig a hole to the other side of the planet. Adjacent to her dig is a ham radio where she receives transmissions from all parts of the globe. Watch recordings of the actual dig, look for artifacts in the exhumed dirt that came from beneath the earth, tune into the radio transmissions to experience the voice of the unknown, and write a letter to the planet Mars. Come celebrate the human urge to explore and interrogate the instinct to exploit.
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