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After Dark: Move

Gear up for a night of cogs and contraptions, analog gadgets and Rube Goldberg chain reactions. Immerse yourself in a delightful array of mechanical objects, from cinematic devices to gears of all sorts. Check out an interactive shadow-puppet installation by Emmy Award - winning Manual Cinema, and experience a performative talk that reveals how they craft multimedia stories like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Multimedia Shadow Play
With Manual Cinema

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio

Step into the Wattis Studio and create your own form of live cinema in an installation designed by Emmy Award - winning Manual Cinema. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of going to the movies and imbues it with energy, ingenuity, and theatricality. Experiment with some of the same tools Manual Cinema uses in its productions to craft your own immersive multimedia shadow play. Get inspired by the familiar materials you encounter and continue your experiments at home!

Behind the Scenes 
With Manual Cinema

8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

In this performative talk, go behind the scenes with Manual Cinema Co-Artistic Director Sarah Fornace. Since its founding in 2010, Chicago-based Manual Cinema has cultivated a distinct approach to performance that merges handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Tonight, dive into their process and find out how they craft their unique form of live cinema. You’ll discover the surprising ways that familiar materials (including your own body!) can be used to transformative effect.

Water Rhythms Opening
By Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Installation open)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Meet the artist)
Osher Gallery 1, Black Box

Join us for a preview of Water Rhythms, a story of climate change told by ice and water. The immersive sound installation is a collaboration between sound artist Susie Ibarra and climate scientist Michele Koppes. The multichannel spatial soundscape has been rearranged and composed for the Exploratorium’s Black Box. This version incorporates field recordings of the San Francisco Bay with recordings from five global watersheds, from the Greenland Ice Sheet to glacier-fed rivers in the Himalayas and the Pacific Northwest. 

From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.,  meet Susie for conversation and questions! 

Susie Ibarra is a Pilipinx composer, drummer/percussionist, and sound artist who focuses on creating and supporting work that preserves ecosystems of biodiverse habitats and traditional and Indigenous cultures.

Michele Koppes is a Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change, an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, the Director of the Climate and Cryosphere Lab, and a Senior TED Fellow.

Giant Chain Reaction
With Gianna Canamar and Jacky Lin

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Build time)
9:00 p.m. (Reaction)
Bechtel Gallery 3

Channel your inner Rube Goldberg and join us in celebrating the Exploratorium’s Art of Tinkering exhibition by constructing a giant chain reaction! Get your creative juices flowing and cooperate with other groups of visitors for a spectacular finale at the end of the night.

Build with us from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., then gather at 9:00 p.m. to watch the reaction.

Moving Pictures
With John Berzins

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Experience John Berzins’s inventive artwork Moving Pictures. A tethered film projector moves along a circular track of celluloid, projecting a home movie onto its portable screen. As the evening progresses, dust and dirt cloud the projector, causing images to deteriorate or intensify, much like the memories revisited on film.

Rhythm Blocks
With the Tinkering Studio

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio

Tinker with mechanisms and unusual sound makers to construct a collaborative, moving, mechanical soundscape.

Scratch Animation Workshop
With Antonella Bonfanti, Adrianne Finelli, and Kristin Lipska

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Become a maverick of 16mm direct animation at this hands-on workshop. We’ll provide a 16mm film loop and all the tools you need to create a five-second animated film. From painting on the celluloid to scratching at the emulsion, you can let your creativity take over - and you’ll learn a little about the analog filmmaking process along the way. See your creations projected, then take your tiny motion picture home with you.

Thursday, 08/11/22


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$19.95 General, Free for members

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San Francisco, CA 94111

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