Celebrate the enigmatic and ever-changing nature of fog and explore the science behind what is one of San Francisco’s most salient meteorological phenomena at the Exploratorium’s first-ever Fog Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 inside the museum and in its Outdoor Gallery. From the science behind water vapor to cinematic and artistic explorations of fog, this all-ages event is included with museum admission and invites visitors to explore the complexities of the Bay Area’s dynamic weather.
It’s also a chance to bid adieu to Fog Bridge, the immersive outdoor art installation by Japanese interdisciplinary artist Fujiko Nakaya, slated to close October 6. She’ll be present at Fog Bridge at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the Fog Festival for a series of fascinating scientific and aesthetic demonstrations about fog led by Exploratorium staff. Nakaya has created fog gardens, falls, and geysers all over the world, including at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and at the Parc de la Villette in Paris.
The Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program will feature a selection of intriguing fog-related films during the noon and 2 p.m. Saturday Cinema screenings in the museum’s Kanbar Forum. At 4 p.m. in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery, filmmaker Sam Green, creator of the new film, Fog City which will debut at the Exploratorium on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, will lead a discussion with selected people featured in the film who have intimate relationships with fog – whether through their profession or their own personal interests. A collaboration with cinematographer Andy Black, Fog City is a cinematic study of Bay Area fog, which takes a poetic view of a complex natural phenomenon. The conversation will include a panel discussion, live interviews and a preview of footage from the upcoming film. Green’s talk is the first in a series of Conversations about Landscape, which will bring together experts in the fields of geography, ecology, policy, and the environmental arts and sciences to discuss contemporary landscape questions.
Fog Festival events are included with museum admission, and some events will occur in the free, public space in front of the museum. A Conversation with Fujiko Nakaya, a public program on September 19 in the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum, will usher in the Fog Festival.
Exploratorium Fog Festival
12pm-5pm, Saturday, September 28, 2013
Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum, Bay Observatory Gallery and Outdoor Gallery
Included with museum admission
Celebrate the enigmatic and ever-changing nature of fog and explore the science behind what is one of San Francisco’s most salient meteorological phenomena at the Exploratorium’s first-ever Fog Festival.
Saturday Cinema screenings of fog-related films
12pm and 2pm in the Kanbar Forum
Science of fog demonstrations by Exploratorium staff at Fog Bridge and special appearance by artist Fujiko Nakaya
1pm and 3pm at the Fog Bridge in the Outdoor Gallery
Conversations about Landscape: An Experimental Public Program with Documentary Filmmaker Sam Green
Sam Green is the creator of the new film Fog City, which will debut at the Exploratorium on October 2
4pm in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery