Premier Night: Nov 7th from 6-8:30pm — Adult Night: Nov 8th from 6-8:30pm — Family Day: Nov 9th from 12-8pm
Building upon a decade of STEM inspiration, this year’s event will emerge as a renewed and expanded three-day event. Following tradition, TechTwilight 2019 will continue to highlight wildly innovative behind-closed-doors technology experts and student groups, but new this year will be the addition of an interactive arts extravaganza to expand the event into a celebration of science, technology, art, and imagination. As a three-night event, TechTwilight 2019 will premiere on Thursday, November 7 with an opening reception. The Museum will host an adults-only night on Friday, November 8 to feature exhibits and activities geared to our adult audience. Finally, the event will conclude on Saturday, November 9, with an all-ages family day, where visitors will be encouraged to interact with exhibitors and activities located around the Museum.
TechTwilight 2019 will consist of a trio of unique vignettes where corporate displays, student demonstrations, and accomplished artists will join forces to celebrate science, technology, art, and imagination in an unexpected and unconventional experience.
TechTwilight 2019 promises to be an event-to-remember through its celebration of the intersection of science, technology, art, and imagination. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted by and challenged through their interactions with the work of each artist and exhibitor.
We are thrilled to welcome the following collaborators to TechTwilight 2019:
A World Without Ice brings together the work of artists Michael Gould, Stephen Rush, and Marion Tränkle in collaboration with climate scientist Henry Pollack (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues and Al Gore) to create a multimedia exhibit focusing on Earth’s changing climate.
Set to an original composition by Stephen Rush, this exhibition is inspired by Henry Pollack’s book A World Without Ice. Complimenting Rush’s score, Michael Gould has created an instrument from suspended ice domes melting on an array of differently tuned drums. Playing in the background is a film by Marion Tränkle incorporating beautiful photographs from the Arctic and Antarctic taken by Pollack and his colleagues.
This unique and innovative exhibit will challenge visitors to contemplate their own place and responsibility in the Earth’s changing climate.
Gene Foulk’s LED tree will be a larger-than-life interactive experience combining full-color LED lights with sinuous and twisted reflective metal sculptural elements that respond to visitor’s movement.
The exhibit created by Mike Gould and his team at Illuminatus Lasers, examines the interplay of art and technology, focusing primarily on the interaction between the audience and light. This award-winning laser art installation will celebrate light at its purest level, illuminating our world in novel ways to inspire and awe the beholder.
The Museum is excited to welcome back Sean Ahlquist to TechTwilight 2019. Professor Ahlquist will bring with him a fully interactive and sensory-responsive environment developed to address challenges faced by children and adults with autism. This environment has been constructed through the use of advanced textile design, sensing technology, and bespoke software and integrates research between the disciplines of Psychiatry, Kinesiology, Music, Art & Design, Information and Human Interaction, Computer Science and practitioners in the field of autism.
Detroit-based multimedia artist designer, Simon Alexander-Adams will be exploring the intersection of music, visual arts, and technology. The incredible work of Alexander-Adams is inspired by emergent patterns found in nature and recreated through the artist’s love of fractals and geometry, science fiction and glitch art.
Special thanks to the following TechTwilight partners for their support of this year's event:
Presenting Level Partners:
Premier Level Partners:
Leaders Level Partners:
Ann Arbor State Bank
Learners Level Partners:
AFC Ann Arbor
Comcast Heartland Region
Cornerstone Design, Inc.
Kapnick Insurance Group