a demonstration of the firing of a single neuron in
the brain to recalling childhood memories to witnessing
actual brain dissections, Memory, a major new
exhibition developed by the Exploratorium, opens to
the public on March 23, 2002 and runs through June
23, 2002 at the California Science Center.
can be no doubt of the overwhelming importance of
memory in our individual lives. We spend much of
our waking lives remembering. Our ability to perform
the simplest tasks relies on remembering what to
do and how to do it. Our very sense of who we are
rests largely in remembering where we've been, whom
we've known, what we've done, and how we've felt.
This exhibition explores these ideas and the equally
important notion that memory is constantly changing
and reshaping the way we understand our world. As
we continually relive and reshape past experience,
we also reshape the ways in which we perceive and
understand ourselves and the world around us.
The exhibition, made possible by the National Science
Foundation and sponsored by Bank of America, is
reflective of both personal experience and new breakthroughs
in cognitive science. Over forty hands-on exhibits,
demonstrations, artworks, images, sounds, and even
smells and tastes demonstrate and depict the fascinating
subject of human memory: its biological, psychological
and cultural dimensions. In the exhibition, you
can play Hoop Nightmares, a wacky basketball game
which temporarily alters your body's memory of how
to throw a ball. In Jukebox Memories, you can find
out which top tunes of the past forty years stir
your memories. Test your memory for smells and tastes,
spatial relationships, or even the way things feel.
Find out why your memory can hold on to thousands
of facts, words, pictures, and even complicated
arguments and explanations, yet stumble over a simple
name or phone number. Learn why legal experts have
gotten more skeptical about eyewitness testimony,
and why many psychologists question "recovered"
memories. By experiencing the powers and limitations
of your own memory within the exhibition, your can
begin to understand what memory is and how it works.
addition to the visceral experiences of memory,
artists and writers present original artworks evocative
of memory. Artists Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger use
video and sculpture to recreate Kwan's own arduous
process of recovering his memory after a debilitating
stroke. Composer Bill Fontana uses a succession
of sounds, both familiar and strange, to evoke memories
in a specially created soundscape. SuChen Hung uses
video to discover the patterns and textures of memory
in everyday life through documentation of the daily
routines of an elderly Chinese immigrant couple.
Note to Editors: California
Science Center is located at 700 State Drive - Exposition
Park, Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking at 39th
& Figueroa Street; parking is $6 per car. Activities
are on all three floors of the Science Center. Open
daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Science
Center exhibits is free; IMAX tickets range from
$4.25 to $7. For advance ticket purchase or group
rates, phone 213.744-2019. For general information,
phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623) or visit our website
at www.casciencectr.org. Both the Science Center
and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.