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Performance: "Antiprism," by Artist-in-Residence Jon Bernson

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Vessel XII

Vessel XII photo by Michael Falsetto-Mapp and Jon Bernson

Kimball Education Gallery

April 1–May 3, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
plus Friday Nights April 17, April 24, and May 1 unti 8:30 pm | Performances at 7 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
These interdisciplinary performances will celebrate the wildly conflicting theories surrounding Vessel XII. Some believe that this spacecraft sent messages back to Earth from a future timeframe. Others believe that the transmissions were the work of computer hackers. Some call them groundbreaking art and others denounce them as an elaborate sham. Join the world's leading experts as they attempt to uncover the truth, once and for all. This annual highlight of the 2015 Distant Future Symposium will feature a live score by the band Exray's and opening remarks by William Nova.
Antiprism explores a series of unexplained broadcasts that interrupted the programming of numerous international television stations between 1986 and 2009. Purportedly sent from a spacecraft at the outer reaches of our galaxy, these transmissions sparked international controversy, evoking strong opinions from experts in many fields. Throughout April, evidence in the form of a multimedia installation with video projections, surround-sound audio, theatrical performances, and laser-etched acrylic panels will be displayed in the Kimball Gallery. For the first time ever, public dialogue will be possible and people will have the opportunity to develop informed opinions about this mysterious set of phenomena.

Ticket Information

Friday Nights at the de Young public programs and admission into the Kimball Education Gallery are free of charge. Tickets are required to visit the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. 


Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation, and the Estate of Delores M. Schweizer. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.

Contact Information

Kevin Chen
(415) 750-3528