Uniting us all under one sky, Media Art Xploration (MAX)presented MAX 2019: A Space Festival with an array of world class artists, scientists, and artist-engineers in some of San Francisco’s most renowned venues.

May 16-18, 2019. Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth.

Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences.

Date: May 16-18, 2019

Venues: San Francisco’s The Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and ZSpace


California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco.

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Programs at California Academy of Sciences

Star Stories
Outta This World Poetry Slam
Star Stories The Podcast
Mapping Microbes: The Search for E.T.

Museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco.


Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Programs at Exploratorium

Kronos: Eclipse
Spacewoman of the Underground
Pas De Deux
Intergalactic Travel Bureau
Space Travel Sci-Fi Style

zSpace is a technology firm in California that combine elements of virtual and augmented reality.

Z Space

450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Programs at Z Space

The Outer Space
Speech Cancelling Headphones
Extraterrestrial: A Drag Invasion
Mapping Microbes: The Search for E.T.
Brecht Forensics: A DNA Cocktail
Universal Threads
Mission Art
The Final Frontier


Space Festival
  • Heisenberg
    With 100 others share an augmented reality tour of the...
    May 16 & May 18      2019   Exploratorium
  • Kronos Eclipse
    San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has a gravitational force, unlike...
    May 17       2019   Exploratorium
  • The Outer Space
    A jazz cabaret asking if love will be easier on...
    May 17 & May 18      2019   Z Space
  • Alice Sheppard seated in her wheelchair with two crutches, crosses her body and arches her spine to look behind. The photo is a mirror reflection and Alice looks back at herself as her crutches disappear into each other in a seamless touchpoint. Photo by Lisa Niedermeyer. Caption Text: Alice Sheppard from solo work Where Good Souls Fear. Photo by Lisa Niedermeyer.
    Pas De Deux: Robots as Our Partners
    A Pas De Deux like you have never seen before...
    May 16 & May 18      2019   Exploratorium
  • Brecht Forensics: DNA Cocktails
    Brecht Forensics: DNA Cocktails is a lecture that demonstrates DNA...
    May 18       2019   Z Space
  • Extraterrestrial – A Drag Invasion
    Alert, alert! San Francisco is being invaded May 17 at...
    May 17       2019   Z Space


  • Kevin Doxzen
    Kevin received his PhD in Biophysics from the lab of...
  • Julia DeMarines
    Julia DeMarines is an Astrobiologist and science educator working at the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center, the Chabot...
  • Dr. Penelope Boston is apart of MAX's Board of Advisors and studies micro-and astro biology.
    Penelope Boston
    Dr. Boston works in the fields of micro- and astro-biology,...
  • looking directly at camera with a half smile Peter Flynn dares you to look deeper.
    Peter Flynn
    Peter is a New York based director, writer and teacher...
  • John Monsky
    John Monsky is a historian, writer, producer, lecturer and lawyer....
  • Kip Fagan
    KIP FAGAN is a director of new plays. Recent NYC credits include: Susan Soon...
  • T.J. Guardino
    T.J. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay...
  • Gerardo Escalante
    Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Gerardo composes...