ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This past weekend, the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum offered a re-invigorated version of its annual TechTwilight.
For the event, five interactive exhibits moved into the downtown Ann Arbor museum to showcase various aspects of science.
On Saturday, families from Washtenaw County were invited to engage with the exhibits and contemplate the messages behind them.
Created by Gene Foulk and Casey Dixon, the metal sinews and limbs of “Invasive Species” took up the AAHOM lobby. The reflective tree used over 1000 color-changing LED lights to represent the precarious positions of invasive species.
Detroit-based multimedia artist Simon Alexander-Adams introduced audiences to "Equilibrium, " three video-based interactive displays that turn movement into psychedelic and spooky art.
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University of Michigan professor Sean Ahlquist brought his “Sensory Playscape” to TechTwilight. Constructed with advanced textile design, sensing technology and software, the playscape creates an inclusive and sensory-responsive play space that engages neurotypical and neurodiverse children.
“A World Without Ice,” provided attendees with a visual and auditory space in which to contemplate climate change. Envisioned and produced by artists Michael Gould, Stephen Rush, Marion Tränkle and climate change scientist Henry Pollack, the large exhibit used photos and videos of the Arctic and Antarctic to showcase environmental impacts. Mounts of ice hung over drums that would produce sound as the ice melted and dripped down.
This exhibit will remain at the museum until Jan. 5.
Highlighting a marriage of lasers, art, music and technology, “Dances with Lasers” was created by artist Mike Gould. Lasers watched attendees and followed their movements, drawing shapes and humanoid figures on a large screen.
The Ann Arbor Hands On Museum is at 220. E. Ann St.