What does the MAX 2019: A Space Festival Pass get me access to?

A MAX PASS, available for purchase at Eventbrite.com,  allows the name registrant to access all programs at all venues over the course of the three days of the festival, May 16-18, 2019, including general admission to the California Academy of Sciences and Exporatorium.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the events?

Adults (18 and over) are only allowed at the Thursday, May 16 AfterDark program at Exploratorium on Thursday night and the ‘Extraterrestrial’ program at Z Space Friday night. All other programs in the Space Festival are open to all ages.


How do I obtain admission to events at the California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium?

With a MAX PASS for the MAX 2019: A Space Festival, you receive admission to all events at the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium, as well as Z Space and SF Playhouse on May 16, 17, and 18 during the Festival simply by showing your Eventbrite ticket. Come as many times as you’d like over the three days to gain admission to the special programming as part of the festival along with each institutions world class exhibits.


What if I am a member at the California Academy of Sciences or the Exploratorium?

Your membership to either of the institutions admits access to that institution as normally would be, however there may be an additional cost for special events during the MAX 2019: A Space Festival, including the May 17 performance by Kronos Quartet. Your membership does not grant you admission into another venue that you are not a member. For ease of use, consider purchasing a MAX PASS to get into all the Festival events with ease.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the festival?

MAX 2019: A Space Festival recommends using public transportation wherever possible as parking can be limited at the venues. For more details on each location, plan your visit to California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Z Space, and SF Playhouse.


What’s the refund policy?

Sorry, there are no refunds. You can turn your MAX PASS into a tax deductible donation.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes! Please bring your printed ticket or your mobile device to show your Eventbrite MAX PASS ticket.


Can I update my registration information?



Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?



Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

No. Your ticket(s) associated with your registration must march the person who attends and it is non-transferrable once the festival begins.  


What if I am a member at one of the venue partners?

Certain Space Festival programs may be available at discounted rates or at no cost to members of some of MAX’s venue partners. Please check with the specific venue to confirm your membership access.


Do I have to purchase a MAX Festival Pass to attend just one or two events?

No, you’re not required to purchase a MAX PASS and can opt to attend any of the MAX 2019: A Space Festival programs buy purchasing a ticket directly from one of our venue partners on the day you wish to attend the Space Festival. We will update this section with live links once the programming and tickets are available for purchase on the venue’s respective websites on April 1. The MAX PASS offers a significant discount if you plan to attend multiple programs and/or venues throughout the three day MAX 2019: A Space Festival.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have! Contact us at info@mediaartexploration.org.

Our Team

Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat is an accomplished performing and media arts director, producer, educator, and founder whose work is dedicated to deconstructing barriers and exploring inventive collaborations. In 2013, Matschullat set her sights on driving innovation in performing arts through the intersection of technology and the arts by founding Scriptopia, the first software application for collaborative, online script development. After successfully launching Scriptopia, Matschullat secured angel funding for Media Art Xploration (MAX), a non-profit dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of performing and media arts with the goal of increasing artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry into the light-speed advances in science and technology. She most enjoys creating space for artists and scientists to change the world and to that end, she is curating MAX 2019: A Space Festival. Also currently producing America In The Balance, "AIB", a series of nonfiction theater episodes that explore critical moments in the American experiment through media, music, and storytelling. July 20, 2019 MAX's Young Americans, an episode of AIB presented at the festival, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Carnegie Hall. Directing credits include the classics Threepenny Opera, All’s Well That Ends Well, Skin of Our Teeth, and Love’s Labour’s Lost; stage premiers of Dimetos and Echoes of a Thousand Hills in Rwanda; and Carson McCullers Talks About Love with Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik and songwriter Suzanne Vega (nominated for a Drama Desk Award). She has directed premier productions by renowned writers including former Czech Republic president and playwright Vaclav Havel (The Conspirators), Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean playwright Derek Walcott (To Die For Granada, Pantomime), and Pulitzer Prize winner Ariel Dorfman (Widows). Matschullat founded the new play program at The Williamstown Theater Festival and InTheRaw at Red Bull Theater. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and recipient of a Master of Arts degree from NYU, Matschullat’s awards include an NEA Directing Fellowship, a TCG Fellowship, a Rubin Foundation Production Grant, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and Harvard’s Rudolf Arnheim Award for Interdisciplinary Work. As an artist and educator, Matschullat served on NYU’s Tisch full-time faculty for over two decades and taught in Princeton University’s Theater and Dance program. Matschullat has held artistic residencies at Dartmouth College, Harvard College, CALARTS, SCAD, Duke University, and she will be a lecturer at Harvard College in 2019
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme is a Brooklyn-based theatre producer, actor, and non-profit administrator. She has worked as the Special Events Coordinator and Grant Writer for Williamstown Theatre Festival, as a video producer for The New York Times, as the producer of Guerilla Science's GS2018, and as an actor and producer The Flea Theater.  Producing credits include: Time Out Critics' Pick Brief Chronicle (i am a slow tide); NYT Critics’ Pick Red Emma & The Mad Monk (The Tank); Flea Fridays & SERIALS (The Flea); Polylogues (Dixon Place); and NYT Critics’ Pick AGNES (Lesser America)Performance credits include: The Daughters and Black Dick [readings] (New York Theatre Workshop); Tongue Depressor (Weasel Festival @ The Public Theater); LOCKED UP BITCHES and Not My Monster! (The Flea); Napoli, Brooklyn [reading] and Song For A Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Bacchae (LaMama Experimental Theatre).  BA: Dartmouth College. www.emmaorme.com
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest and True/False. He has organized new media exhibitions and conferences at MIT Open Documentary Lab, Istanbul Independent Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival. He has an MS from MIT in comparative media studies and a BA from Bard College in film & electronic arts.
Tara Elliott
Associate Producer/Development
Tara Elliott
Associate Producer/Development
Tara Elliott is the director of critically-acclaimed shows Burq Off! and Not the One, and producer of the Gotham Award-winning web series Shugs & Fats, now in development with Amazon Studios. She has developed new plays and produced events with Pipeline Theater Company, The Civilians, LaMicro Theater, Teatro LATEA, BAX, Goethe Institut, Exquisite Corpse Company, KOFest, and The Barn Arts Collective. Her work has been seen internationally in London, Seoul, Luxembourg, Edinburgh, and Toronto, and in NYC at The Public, The Cherry Lane, HERE Arts, Walkerspace and Dixon Place, among others. 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow. MFA Directing from Brooklyn College.


We provide a stage for artists and audiences engaged in innovation. We initiate collaborations between artists, scientists, and technologists, as well as present existing works from around the globe. This interdisciplinary approach to understanding our world has the important impact of more adequately assessing the ground-level effects of scientific innovations. Artists and humanists have the opportunity to constructively and creatively influence those who aim to change the face and the fate of humanity.

Our Values

At MAX, we place art and innovation at the center of everything we do. Our core values of: Curiosity, Creativity, Discovery, and Practicality represent our dedication to fulfilling our mission. We value interactivity above all else and each of our presentations will have a live component of the presentation and a live audience. At times it might be a 1 to 1 ratio but we will always be there with you live!

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