Exploratorium After Dark: Mirror, Mirror
Thursday, October 1, 6:00-10:00PM,
and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4444
$15, 18 and over
After Dark: Mirror, Mirror
Mirrors, arguably the first “virtual reality” technology, lie at the intersection of nature, culture, and self-recognition. Once small, rare, and coveted items owned only by the wealthy, today mirrors are as common as a pencil and are key to many modern tools, from HDTVs to solar-power plants and space telescopes. Although ubiquitous, their charms remain beguiling and their physics compelling. Find out more about mirrors - and, more generally, the nature of reflections - through the museum’s rich collection of exhibits and special, one-night-only art installations, lectures, and activities.
Featuring: The Infinity Boxes of Matt Elson
Peer inside the ornate windows of The Infinity Boxes to encounter dreamlike wonderlands of playfully altered perception. Appearing in elaborate, custom-built boxes adorned with abstract oil paintings, these fourteen (and counting) artworks by Matt Elson combine mirrors, light, color, and viewer interactions to produce seemingly limitless fields of reflections. Intimate and fun, the mind-expanding interiors of The Infinity Boxes reveal surprising nuances in the ways we see ourselves and others.
Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.