Mission Art

After having been to space on a Blue Origin rocket, Edgar Medina’s painting that festival goers helped create at a pre-festival event will be displayed and auctioned.

Witness the triumphant return of Medina’s painting that was created through collaborative effort and flew among the stars!

Photo credit: Blue Origin

Star Stories

Star Stories

Lakota youth from South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Reservation collaborate with their elders to retell their tribe’s ancestral cosmology in new media.

Photographs taken by the youth will be on display as well as a multimedia presentation that delves into specific star stories and interviews conducted by the children of figures in their community.

Photo credit: Lakota Youth

The Outer Space

A couple buys an old spaceship to leave behind an overcrowded Earth in a musical about moving out and into the final frontier.

Ethan Lipton and his band take you on a journey about trying to run away from it all only to run into yourself, in space.


Particle/Wave is a multimedia planetarium presentation that sees poets, musicians, sound and video artists joining forces with renowned scientists to interpret the theories of gravitational waves.

Photo credit: Andrew Watson

Spacewoman of the Underground

Christine Zeurcher attempts to dig a hole to the other side of the planet while wearing a handmade spacesuit!

Adjacent to her dig is a Ham radio where she receives transmissions from all parts of the globe. Viewers are invited to investigate her findings and tune into the radio transmissions to experience the voice of the unknown. The Dig celebrates the human urge to explore while interrogating the instinct to exploit.

Everything Beautiful is Far Away

Everything Beautiful is Far Away - Xin Liu's

Xin Liu’s sculpted avatar comes to life in space and dances through the cosmos on a Blue Origin rocket, until it is destroyed upon reentry.

Liu defies gravity by exhibiting her robot’s space dance and death at the Exploratorium Black Box through her own narration about her robot’s very human journey. Everything Beautiful is Far Away explores how each person holds a relatively inconsequential, but wholly unique place in this world.

Outta this World Poetry Slam

Outta This World Poetry Slam

Young Bay Area poets will confront the theme of the New Space Age with sonic rhythmic constellations of poems in the festival’s poetry slam.

MAX has partnered with the renowned Youth Speaks to bring together hundreds of students at the nexus of space science and poetry. Young poets meet with scientist mentors before the slam and are given feedback by our esteemed judge’s panel. Come enjoy and support new voices in poetry and space science!

Universal Threads

Take fashion into the 4th dimension!

Watch these celestial looks come to life with augmented reality. Artist Andrea Lauer and Astrophysicist Janna Levin use fashion as a medium to communicate the story of the universe, and the mysteries of Spacetime.

Mapping Microbes: The Search for E.T

How are microbes, organisms that live on and in us, the key to finding extraterrestrial life?

Find out at Mapping Microbes: The Search for E.T. where MAX is getting microbial! Ask our partner Cal Academy scientists about the microbes all around (and inside) us and perhaps some ‘alien’ microbes we have here on earth! The search for extraterrestrial life — and perhaps the origins of life — begins not outward, but inward.

Robots as Our Partners: Pas de Deux

Sasha Samochina, a producer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Visual Operations Lab takes us through the robots JPL has trekking through the solar system, from Mars to the Jupiter.

She demonstrates how her AR and VR creations allow scientists in collaboration with their robots to explore the unknown! Learn about the tech used to discover new worlds and propel humanity into the very outer-reaches of everything we’ve ever known. This presentation will be accompanied by Pas de Deux – a dancer interacts with a robot and the two together create the work. We invite the audience to imagine the ways technology reflects our humanity and interrogates it.