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Off the Screen: John Saborn's PICO

Linking Piers 15 and 17 is Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Gridge
Linking Piers 15 and 17 is Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Gridge
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On Thursday, June 19th, beginning at 7:00 PM, the Exploratorium presents John Sanborn's PICO (remix) for their 'After Dark' and 'Off the Screen' series. PICO, Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera, celebrates the ways each artist challenges what defines an artist, and the relationship of the creator to the audience. Sanborn mixes personal insights with artists' philosophy generating an overwhelming mash of modern music, live performance, dance for the camera, video compositions, and illustrated stories to remodel theory into playful practice. As a result PICO yeilds an 'abstract narrative on the nature of revelation and disguises, the virtues of altered perception, and the interaction between art and life'

Although this is definitely a personal work by John Sanborn, there are dozens of collaborators he worked with to bring this to the screen. Some of these include dancers Joseph Copely, Margaret Cromwell, Carlos Venturo, and Katherine Wells, among others. Also composers Wobbly, and Luciano Chessa; sound engineer/ artist Negativland; cellist and composer Theresa Wong; architect/ designer Megan Kelly-Sweeney; pianist Sarah Cahill; designer Leah Hefner; and Video Free America's Skip Sweeney and Roger Jones.

John Sanborn is a world renowned video artist and his work has been displayed in every major museum around the world. His videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. John Sanborn's television programs that have included works with Robert Ashley, Bill T. Jones, Philip Glass, Twyla Tharp, The Residents, David Gordon, and Mikhail Baryshnikov have had worldwide broadcasting.

Off the Screen: John Sanborn's PICO (remix) will be presented at the Exploratorium in the Kanbar Forum. Things get started at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the event are the price of admission: $15.00 for Non-Members, $10.00 for Members, and Free for Lab Members. If you get there early, you an visit some of the other galleries and exhibits until the show starts, but keep in mind that some venues have limited capacity and entrance is on a 'first come, first served' basis. This is for Adults Only, 18 years and older, please. There is a cash bar, so be prepared to show ID.

After Dark is a series at the Exploratorium that host events and evenings with movies, displays, and exhibits that are geared toward adult interests. From viewing films to tinkering and making gadgets, to learning something new in the fields of science, technology and art, After Dark provides this entertainment in a unique and fun way that accommodates adults who must work during the day. It gives them an interesting way to spend the evening instead of the 'same old bar-scene'. You can find out more at