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Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo

Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco
Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco
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On Thurs., April 17th, beginning at 7 PM, the Exploratorium is hosting 'Off the Screen: the Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo'. This is a completely immersible and improvisational light show accompanied by the psych-infused music of Moon Duo. It's at Pier 15, The Kanbar Forum, and the first hour is also a live webcast (7 PM to 8 PM PDT) online. The admission is the cost of entrance to the museum, so come early and check out some of the other displays first. Keep in mind, however that there is a limited capacity, so entry is on a first come first served basis. Don't bring the kids, as this event is for adults only (18 years and older).

Joshua White was trained by pioneering light show artists in the mid 1960's. In 1967 he formed the Joshua Light Show combining analog technologies such as liquid light, overhead projection, mirrors, and the then new video technology creating handmade light shows of visually striking cinema. His company was considered one of the essential and trailblazing artists of the genre, and Joshua and his team was the Artist in Residence at the Fillmore East where his manipulation of light accompanied the performances of Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

In the early 2000s a group of artists worked with the Joshua Light Show to re-imagine what could be created combining his traditional methods with innovative video and digital manipulations and introducing it to the art world. This new version of the Joshua Light Show is a collaboration of more than 10 technicians and artists who have performed at a variety of institutions including Lincoln Center, London's Barbican Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, etc.

Moon Duo was formed in 2009 in San Franicso by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. Their latest album, 'Circles', was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay of the same name: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end."

The innervating harmonizing of the Joshua Light Show with Moon Duo provides a deeply synergistic experience that is exciting, inspiring, and awesome. You will long remember this night, and the price of admission to the museum is well worth it. $15.00 for the public, $10.00 for members, and free for lab members.