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After Dark: Agave, Perception, and Collisions

As technology becomes increasingly immersive, how can our sensing self be affected? Artists can envision ways to craft entirely new kinds of experiences that trigger the senses in unexpected ways. And scientists anticipate the possibility of new forms of rehabilitation and medical care. Tonight, through an array of projects emerging from science and the arts, we’ll consider the many ways our perception can be expanded and transformed through emerging technologies. From research that uses VR headsets to improve eyesight to artworks that use those same headsets to transcend imaginable vision, emerging technologies can trigger surprising perceptual reconfigurations both of the fleeting and rehabilitating kind.

Note: Some virtual reality experiences have very limited capacity. First come, first served or via timed tickets distributed at the experience.

8:00 -9:30 p.m.

Developed by UCSF’s Neuroscape Lab, the Glass Brain translatesd brain activity into stunning, real-time, 3-D images. As the most advanced brain visualization tool of its kind, its medical potential is vast. However, since its debut in 2014, it has emerged as an inspiration and tool for artists. Tonight, hear from Neuroscape’s founder, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, about the development of the Glass Brain and where it fits into Neuroscape’s cutting-edge approach to the fusing of technology and neuroscience. Gazzaley will be joined by Rebecca Allen and Refik Anadol, two internationally acclaimed artists who recently created immersive works using the Glass Brain. Each will discuss the whole of their work, highlighting vastly different approaches that intersect in their inventive and deliberate pursuits of new technologies and what drew them to the Glass Brain’s interior imaging.

Thursday, 10/12/17


Kathleen Maguire

Phone: 415-528-4701
Website: Click to Visit


$15 general / $10 Member

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Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: (415) 528-4444
Website: Click to Visit