August 2 and 3
10 am-5 pm
Join us for iPlay, a playful festival celebrating the intersection of science, art and technology in the Innovation Studios.   Bring your own smartphone or tablet to amuse yourself with augmented reality, create animated videos and learn about favorite apps from our staff and guests.  Take part in community art activities, explore light and color in many different contexts and learn how television programs are made. Each day features different gadgets to make and manipulate.  The museum is proud to have Diane Willow as iPlay's artist in residence this year.

About Diane Willow:
A self-described multi-modal artist and creative catalyst, Diane works at the nexus of art, technology, architecture and science. She experiments with hybrid media to explore the dynamics of nature, technology and community. Currently an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, she is returning from a sabbatical year as visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab.

Learn more about her work at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/willow/dianewillow/

Featured activities for iPlay:

Downloadable list of Playshops - PDF

  • tuning the sky with Diane Willow -
    Sometimes energizing sometimes calming, we respond to the changing light of the sky. Pop into one of the suspended islands of sky and tune the light of this miniature atmosphere to the sky of your dreams. When you enter one of these floating worlds you immerse yourself in a single color, a halo of light that fills the horizon all around your head. Feel the changing light as you bask in a dusk to dawn glow that you can tune to match the spirit of the moment that most inspires you

  • ExplARation: Augmented Reality and YOU!
    Bring your smartphone or tablet to explore ways augmented reality is expanding the way we play and learn 

  • Appy Hour  
    Share your favorite app with other guests in a fast-paced sharing sessions throughout the day

  • Light Painting    
    Each afternoon, create striking images and illusions using a camera, a light source, and a little practice

  • Build your own Bling (Saturday morning)  
    Adorn your body with electrifyingly awesome jewelry that you build yourself

  • Pinwheel Garden 
    Help us create a field of pinwheel garden….. or take one home with you!

  • Stop Motion  
    Bring your tablet to create your own short animation videos

  • Light Play   
    Explore light, shadow and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources

  • Bristlebots    
    Experiment with tiny toothbrush machines

  • And there’s more……   Each day will feature many more surprises and learning experiences

Please note, activities are offered on a rotating basis.  Many activities featured in iPlay are best suited for guests ages 8 and above.  All activities are included with paid exhibit admission.

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Fun Fact
The full length feature films over on the Quick Turn Reel Unit, added in Sept. 2005, can hold a two and a half hour movie, weighing in at over 700 pounds and stretching over 9 miles long!

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