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Exploratorium After Dark: Civic Hacks

Visitors Enjoying Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge at the Exploratorium
Visitors Enjoying Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge at the Exploratorium
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On Thursday, September 4th, in Exploratorium's First Thursday, After Dark series, join a number of scientists and artists as they prepare for next year's Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Is there a 'City Planner' somewhere in your background, your family, your soul? Do you have an idea as to how you would improve Market Street? Well, you can contribute your ideas at this After Dark venue! Design a miniature Market Street, play in a parade of pianos, or test eccentric exhibits.

Join interactive artist George Zisiadis and learn how cities can be designed for happiness. Sit on a bench made of grass designed by Mr. Zisiadis, and hear how you would sound stepping through leaves, water, and snow using his Stepping Sounds installation. Then join founder of Sunset Piano, Mauro ffortisimo and composer Benjamin Larsen Strong Gribble as they play pianos accompanied by visuals from 'Twelve Pianos', a forthcoming film by Dean Mermell, documenting the project.

If that's not enough, enter the fascinating world of a camera obscura, climb through the Gyroid exhibit, and learn from educator Michael Bradke about musical cultures from every continent. Want to get off your feet for awhile? Then take in a couple of films: 'The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces', a classic by William H. Whyte, and 'A Trip Down Market Street' to take a look at Market Street before the 1906 Earthquake. If you're into design, you can help plan a miniature Market Street with urban planner, James Rojas, then meet San Francisco's Urban Planning Department's Neil Hrushowy and see how regular individuals like you are molding the city's central corridor from the pavement up.

This promises to be a very interesting, if not productive evening! Head down to Pier 15 on Thursday Sept. 4th from 6:00 PM - 10:PM for this event. It is Adults Only, please, 18 years and older. Tickets are $15.00 for Non-Members, $10.00 for Members, and Lab-Members are Free. Keep in mind that some of the venues have limited seating so admission is on a first come, first served basis only.