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After Dark: Nature's Cabaret

natureThey say all the world’s a stage - and here, you can enter nature’s cabaret and encounter the high drama of nature. From mating dances to glorious bird songs, from horror stories of hunting and the elation of birth to the mysteries of perplexing landscapes, indulge in the artistry of the natural world’s everyday. Broaden your perspective with artworks that consider how we as humans view this natural world and shape it in our own image.

Tonight, the SF Green Film Festival (September 24-29) takes over both Pier 15 and swissnex, our neighbors at Pier 17. Just a short walk from the Exploratorium’s Gallery 5, be sure to check out their packed evening of programming, including  short films, the West Coast premiere of the immersive installation Walden, and a DJ.

Nature's Nickelodeon

Experience a nature documentary as you’ve never seen or heard one before. Presented as a series of live performances that take their cue from largely forgotten approaches to storytelling about nature, Nature’s Nickelodeons reinvents the heroes, villains, sounds, and spaces of nature broadcasts. Curated by Amy E. Culter, the performers leap from beatboxer to harpist to historic technology and to artificial intelligence. In their adaptations of old nature docs, they question the familiar anthropomorphic storylines and give new meaning to classic sounds and images.

With Amy Cutler

Shown at 7:00 and 8:30.  See weblink for tickets

Contemplating Critters With the San Francisco Green Film Festival6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. 

Photographing the Plankton of the Bay With Miranda With Anna McGaraghan @ 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m.

Thirteen Ways With Ian Chaney @ 8:30 p.m. 

Observing Our Imprints Outdoor Screening With Cinema Arts9:00 p.m.

All Her Beautiful Green Remains in Tears (2018) With Amy E. Cutler 6:00-10:00 p.m. 

The San Francisco Green Film Festival at swissnex 6:00-10:00 p.m.  | swissnex, Pier 17
*Please note: This program takes place at our neighbor, swissnex. Cross to their site through the gate located in Gallery 5, near the Distorted Room, then follow the signs. swissnex programming has limited capacity and is first-come, first-served. Please be sure to get a hand stamp before heading to swissnex.

swissnex Gallery at Pier 17 Schedule

6:00 p.m.: Opening remarks followed by The Flood is Coming: Swiss Shorts
7:00 p.m.: Walden, by Daniel Zimmermann
Constructed through 13 360-degree shots, Walden is a meditative and subtle comment on the absurdity of the economic rationale that underlies our globalised world. Presented on several screens, Walden follows the trajectory of a fir tree that is felled and processed into planks of wood in Austria. Then, by train, truck, boat, and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.  
9:00 p.m.: DJ

In addition, check out several shorts running continuously on small screens from 6-10 p.m.


Thursday, 09/26/19


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19.95 door, 14.95 members, AD members free

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

Phone: (415) 528-4444
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