Tech Twilight 2019

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 from 2-8pm, where visitors will be encouraged to interact with exhibitors and activities located around the Museum. We will be hosting a Members-Only Preview from 12-2pm.

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.


Premiere Night

Nov 7th from 6-8:30pm

This exclusive, invite-only event will celebrate the relaunch of TechTwilight! Mingle with the artists, corporate groups, and students about their innovative and interactive displays. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served.

Interested in receiving an invite to this event? Considering sponsoring us! Funds raised go towards our scholarship program in order to provide students with the opportunity to experience the Museum on field trips. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Development Manager.


The Museum will host an adults-only night and feature exhibits and activities geared toward our adult audience. Come have a conversation with the artists behind these innovative displays.

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be available. Tickets are $35 per person, $30 for Museum members if purchased in advance. Tickets will be $40 at the door the night of the event. Your event admission includes 1 drink ticket, but additional drink tickets may be purchased for $5. 

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TechTwilight will conclude with an all-ages Family Day! Families will be able to experience the unique and innovative ways in which science, art, technology, and imagination intersect. Local student groups will also be showcasing their creativity and ingenuity throughout the day.

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Are you a member of the Museum? Our members will have the chance to get the first look at all of our Family Day activities and presentations.

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We are thrilled to welcome the following collaborators to TechTwilight 2019:

A World Without Ice

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.

Invasive Species:

Artists Gene Foulk and Casey Dixon have created Invasive Species, a larger-than-life tree of twisted and sinuous reflective metal sculptural elements. The fruits of the tree contain over 1,000 full-color LED lights displaying ever-changing patterns. Here is how the artists have described their work:

An invasive species can be a positive or negative presence in a habitat. It can be pervasive and proliferate quickly. We as a species have bloomed in this world and shaped it to our will. We are always at a point that we must choose to make our impact positive rather than negative. In the end, our handprint on the world will shape our collective future. We hope to infect our invasive species in order to make positive growth. It all starts with a small shiny seed.

Dances With Lasers:

This 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. In this piece, the artist invites the visitor to dance before a special sensor, which transforms their images into outlines traced in laser light. Special software enables the image to be combined with itself in various ways, forming complex abstract patterns based on the viewers movements.
Mike Gould is a 4-time winner of the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) annual award, having won for exhibits at ArtPrize, a music video, and for photography, and for his use of lunchboxes in controlling lasers at FoolMoon and elsewhere.
This is his second exhibit for the Hands-On Museum - he also had a piece titled L is for Laser in the same site in 2014.


Sensory Playscape:

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 engage neurotypical and neurodiverse children alike, to create opportunities for shared social play. This environment has been constructed through the use of advanced textile design, sensing technology, and bespoke software and integrates research in creating inclusive environments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, involving the disciplines of Psychiatry, Kinesiology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and practitioners in the field of autism education.



Detroit-based multimedia artist and designer Simon Alexander-Adams will be presenting Equilibrium, a set of three interactive video works. In each, the motion in the space disrupts an ongoing system, which in time returns to a state of balance. The work of Alexander-Adams is inspired by emergent patterns found in nature and stems from a desire to create engaging interactive artwork that is both playful and contemplative.

Kozora Soundscape

Soundscape composer, improviser, educator, artist, thinker, doer and restless explorer Ken Kozora is always eager to push boundaries and is a frequent AAHOM collaborator. Ken will be creating and improvising a live interactive ambient and rhythmic soundscape for both the “Dances With Lasers and “Equilibrium” installations simultaneously, utilizing and array of acoustic and electronic instruments and controllers. His music reflects his diverse stylistic experience, life influences and beliefs with an intent of manifesting an ancient and future aesthetic. Ken has collaborated with a wide roster of local and international musicians, artists, dance companies and filmmakers, and has presented commissioned works at ArtPrize, Delectricity. Ann Arbor Film Fest, Dow Museum and Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Global Water Dances and many other festivals, concerts, galleries and special events. He is active as an educator, clinician, facilitator and consultant and has been involved in a variety of environmental, arts and community outreach efforts.

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

Bodman PLC

Briarwood Mall/Simon Mall





Learners Level Partners:

AFC Ann Arbor 

Comcast Heartland Region 

Cornerstone Design, Inc. 

Kapnick Insurance Group 

Lake Trust Credit Union



Michigan Aerospace Corp

UM Tech Transfer

Underground Printing

Washtenaw Community College

Family Day Exhibitor:

Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc

In-Kind Sponsors:

Angel Food Catering

Bgreen Today

Crack in a Sack

Dollar Bill Printing

Knights Catering

The Produce Station

Super Fine Wines


Wagner Design Associates

Ypsi Alehouse

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Please fill out our Contact Us Form (choose "Development" as the department) for more information.

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