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Nerd Nite East Bay: Rock Posters, Mushroom Materials, Antikythera

nerd stuffBeyond Psychedelic: Reassessing the Golden Age of Bay Area Rock Posters

The Golden Age of the Rock Poster in the Bay Area is often remembered as “psychedelic art”, but these legendary posters smashed artistic barriers and created new styles way beyond psychedelia. See how famous Bay Area rock poster artists played with Pop Art, Art Nouveau, vintage advertising and surrealism from 1965-1972 to make the amazing non-psychedelic rock posters of the psychedelic era. Also learn how Jimi Hendrix ended up on Bird’s Eye frozen food packaging, and why posters co-opting copyrights could create canonical concert announcements, and why corporations were cool with it.

Speaker: Ben Marks, The Rock Poster Society (TRPS)

Mushrooms Making Marvelous Materials: Advances in Mycelium Technologies

Fungi help trees communicate, turn ants into zombies, soak up heavy metals, use nuclear radiation to grow, and make Mario Super. Learn how the novel abilities of three million different fungi to digest wood, eat humans or degrade plastic are being used to create sustainable materials that will recycle our waste, grow hats, bags and boots, and build houses (yes, houses) in the coming age of mycelium manufacturing.

Speaker: Sonia Travaglini, Stanford

The Antikythera Mechanism: The Ancient Computer that the Greeks Learned and Lost

Recovered by sponge divers from an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism demonstrated math and calculating gears which would not be seen again in the historical record for several hundred years. See how the bronze epicyclic gears elegantly computed future planetary positions, lunar phases, and eclipses by tracking subtle changes in the moon’s velocity. Then learn how scientists finally unraveled the functions of the Antikythera after a century of trying, and how the astronomical principles contained in the device dates back to the ancient Babylonians and forward to the later work of Ptolemy, allowing humanity to predict the behavior of the universe for the first time.

Speaker: Jeff Herzbach

Monday, 07/29/19


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$8 Web, $10 at door

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