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Film Screenings with the Exploratorium


Entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Image by Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium, all rights reserved

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Structural Frames: Urban Explorations in Cinematic Works
Presented by the Exploratorium Cinema Arts
7:15–7:45 pm and 8–8:30 pm

Through documentary and animation forms, this selection of films traces stories of the underlying structures of urban environments and the tangled intersections of human activity within.

Dahlia (2008, 3 min.) by Michael Langan
A moving portrait of the bustle and permanence of a city, Dahlia juxtaposes the stable forms and patterns of city life with the frenetic behavior of humanity, set to a driving score of vocal percussion.

Science in the City: Underworld (2012, 7 min.) by Exploratorium Moving Images
Beneath the 100-year-old pier below the new site of the Exploratorium, highly specialized divers work around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the entire structure.

A Second Final Resting Place (2004, 4 min. excerpt) by Trini Lopez
Part of a larger documentary examining the multifaceted history of burial sites in San Francisco, this excerpt visits the urban locations where gravestones literally create the foundation of the city.

Souvenirs (2013, 9 min.) by George Haydock
Souvenirs explores the philosophy and controversy that surround the thrill-seeking practice of urban exploration in Manchester, England. Haunting and enchanting imagery of abandoned buildings and underground infrastructure guides discussion by explorers, academics, and critics of this roguish adventure.

Market Street (2005, 5 min.) by Tomonari Nishikawa
Market Street simultaneously deconstructs and reassembles Market Street through single-capture frames. Organic and designed patterns emerge from the flickering chaos in this atomized presentation of San Francisco’s main drag. The piece was originally commissioned by the Exploratorium for a centennial celebration of A Trip Down Market Street in 2005.


Ticket Information

Free tickets are available in front of the Koret Auditorium beginning at 6:15 pm. No advance reservations necessary. Seating begins at 6:45 pm.
There are two screenings of the films; first screening 7:15–7:45 pm, repeat showing 8–8:30 pm.


The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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