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

MAX 2019: A Space Festival


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

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.

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.

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

intergalactic travel bureau

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