EXPLORATORIUM 1: Perceptions of Science

The Exploratorium is more than just an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker — for their Cinema Arts Program treats movies as an active viewing experience, using the screen as a portal to investigation. From the museum’s earliest days, Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer reached out to innovative film artists such as Stan Brakhage, and Charles & Ray Eames and for advice on programmatic perspective. Enjoy a hand-selected guided tour of the Cinema Arts program’s history, one that gets right to the heart of what the museum’s all about, featuring docs, award-winning contemporary works, and even an iconic Eames short. Welcome to the Exploratorium.

The program features the Academy Film Archive’s gorgeous new preservation of the Oscar-nominated 1974 short Exploratorium, Jon Boorstin’s beautiful and poetic documentary portrait of the museum.

Shorts include (lineup subject to change):
Blind Gary Davis – Dir. Harold Becker, 1964, 16mm, 11 min.
Daredevil Cyclists – 1916, 16mm, 1 min.
Powers of Ten Dir. – Charles and Ray Eames, 1968/77, 16mm, 9 min.
Frame – Dir. Lewis Alquist, 1991, 16mm, 3 min.
Fiddle Dee Dee – Dir. Norman McLaren, 1947, 16mm, 3 min.
Magnetic Movie – Dir. Semiconductor, 2006, digital presentation, 5 min.
Recamera – Dir. Rosario Sotelo (in attendance!), 2007, 16mm, 3 min.
Ryan – Dir. Chris Landreth, 2004, digital presentation, 14 min.
Sour Death Balls – Dir. Jessica Yu, 1992, 16mm, 5 min.
Swing Movie – Dir. Liz Keim, 1982, digital presentation, 6 min.
Zea – Dirs. Andre Leduc & Jean-Jacques Leduc, 1981, 16mm, 5 min.
Exploratorium – Dir. Jon Boorstin, 1974, 35mm, 15 min. (Brand-new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!)

Watch Charles and Ray Eames’ “Powers of Ten”!
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