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Legendary Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo Perform on Exploratorium’s 1-Year Anniversary at Pier 15

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The legendary Joshua Light Show—pioneer of the rock `n’ roll light show as we know it—joins San Francisco’s Moon Duo for a night of immersive and improvisational entertainment inspired by the Exploratorium’s experimental philosophy on April 17, 2014.

Using the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum as a canvas, The Joshua Light Show will paint a dynamic environment of light accompanied by Moon Duo’s psych-infused, semi-improvisational soundtrack. Off the Screen: Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for adults ages 18 and up, and is included with museum admission ($15 general, $10 museum members). Seating for this one-night-only performance is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to the Thursday evening performance, Joshua White and team will host Behind the Screens: Deconstructing the Joshua Light Show, a day-long interactive workshop on Saturday, April 19, 2014, revealing the secrets behind how The Joshua 166518_num696565_600x600Light Show creates its improvisational works—a combination of analog methods, new video technology and cinematic elements.

On April 19, White and his collaborators Ana Matronic, Brock Monroe, Seth Kirby, Nick Hallet and Briged Smith will feature detailed demonstrations and deconstructions of each of the show’s elements, including liquid light, overhead projections and mirror-based techniques along with new methods incorporating digital technology. Throughout the afternoon the group will invite hands-on experimentation from participants. “Deconstructing the Joshua Light Show” is included with museum admission ($25 general, $19 youth, teachers, students, seniors), and participants must RSVP in advance by emailing

Joshua White established the Joshua Light Show in 1967, and is considered one of the trailblazing artists of the genre. He served as Artist-in-Residence at the Fillmore East, where his innovative manipulations of light accompanied performances by major artists of the era, including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry. In the early 2000s, a group of artists worked with Joshua to reimagine the light show, combining his traditional methods with innovative video and digital manipulations and introducing the light show to the art world.

Both programs are presented by Exploratorium Cinema Arts, which approaches cinema as an active viewing experience. The Cinema Arts archive boasts more than 600 16mm films as well as contemporary digital works. Cinema Arts engages with filmmakers who create works that inspire the imagination and instigate conversation, and supports emerging and mid-career filmmakers through the Cinema Artists-in-Residence program.

Calendar Editors please note:

Off the Screen: Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo
Thursday, April 17, 2014 • 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Location:  Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum, Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
Note: There is limited capacity for this program; entry will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission:  Adults Only (18+), included with museum admission. $15 general, $10 Exploratorium members.

The legendary Joshua Light Show combines analog methods such as liquid light, overhead projection, and mirrors with new video technology to create an immersive and improvisational environment of light accompanied by the musical group Moon Duo.

Deconstructing the Joshua Light Show
Saturday, April 19, 2014 • 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum, Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
Admission: Included with museum admission, $25 general, $19 youth, teachers, students, seniors.
RSVP required, contact

Join the Joshua Light Show for a day of hands-on light learning.  Joshua White, will open the day with a talk about the impressive and varied history of the light show, which he founded in 1967 after being deeply influence by the fertile light show community in the Bay Area.  Throughout the afternoon, White and the team of skilled artists who make up the light show company will break the show down by it’s elements, provide a being the scenes glimpse at their innovative craft and opportunities for hands on experimentation.

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