MAX 2019: A Space Festival

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Join MAX at the Intersection of Art and Science

We are proud to announce that in our first year we will be presenting world-class artists, scientists, and artist-engineers in some of San Francisco’s most renowned venues.

In MAX 2019: A Space Festival with 3 days of programming at The Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences, and Z Space, we will present works, small and large, that explore the new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and the effect on our lives.

 

 

Spacewoman of the Underground

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

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.

Illustration by Jeffrey Murray

Everything Beautiful is Far Away

Collaboratir Xin 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.

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.

Robots as Our Partners: Pas de Deux

Sasha Samochina, producer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Visual Operations Lab demonstrates how her AR and VR creations allow scientists in collaboration with their robots to explore the unknown — providing a virtual space for a pas de deux between a human on earth and robot on Mars or Jupiter! This connection between scientists on Earth and robots in outer space prompts the question what is the relationship between human and machine as they are propelled forward by one another into the furthest reaches of everything we’ve ever known?

This presentation will be accompanied by Pas de Deux – as dancer Alice Sheppard performs, Alex Reben’s robot will interpret her movements drawing them on a piece of paper as she goes – exploring the connection between human and machine and how it propels creativity and discovery. We invite the audience to imagine the ways technology reflects our humanity and interrogates it

Kronos Eclipse

San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has a gravitational force, unlike any other musical ensemble.

Over 45 years, it has pulled thousands of collaborators into its orbit. While Kronos may be best known for its partnerships with artists like Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and filmmakers Guy Maddin and Darren Aronofsky, it also frequently works side-by-side naturalists, astrophysicists, and other scientists. The NASA Art Program has even commissioned music for the group! As part of a space-themed multimedia concert, Kronos reprises “233rd Day, before and after Totality” by the Exploratorium’s composer-in-residence Wayne Grim. The piece was originally performed on August 21, 2017, to a computer sonification of the total solar eclipse, in real time, as the eclipse progressed.

Photo credit: Jake Blakesberg

Intergalactic Travel Bureau

Collaborator Romie Littrell has a passion for engaging artists and scientists with tools to explore the natural world.

Plan your vacation to Mars! or why not a SuperNova?

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is the farthest-reaching – and friendliest – travel agency in the universe! Enjoy a VR preview of your voyage!

Photo credit: Guerrilla Science