Joshua Light Show presents Fulldome at the Museum June 3-5

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For three nights only, New York’s legendary Joshua Light Show will present Fulldome, an eye-popping, 360-degree work of light and sound that explores the neurological phenomenon synesthesia, or the blending of sensory experiences, in the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

The program will begin with an after-hours visit to the exhibition Brain: The Inside Story, which explores how the brain interprets light and sound. Then, visitors will enjoy a multi-sensory experience in the Hayden Planetarium’s Space Theater.

Led by multimedia artist Joshua White, Joshua Light Show is noted for creating the hallucinatory visuals behind the psychedelic rock bands of the late 1960s—including The Who and The Grateful Dead—at the Fillmore East. This new performance combines the show’s classic analog effects— including the ‘liquid light’ for which it is best known—with contemporary digital approaches to tease the limits of our sensing brains. Joshua Light Show will push the limits of the Hayden Planetarium dome to immerse the audience in an incomparable, extra-sensory experience.

The light show will be performed live by Joshua White. Video projections will feature his current team of artists, including Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters, Alyson Denny, Seth Kirby, Brock Monroe, Doug Pope, Bec Stupak, and noted illustrator Gary Panter.

An original soundtrack designed specifically for the show features contributions from percussion artists Laraaji and Z’EV mixed with cosmic electronics by music director Nick Hallett and sound designer Jeff Cook, in addition to the neo-psychedelic rock of Oneida.

On Saturday, June 4, “Illuminating Light,” presented as part of the World Science Festival, will include a sampling of the Joshua Light Show and presentations by Curator Rob DeSalle, who curated Brain: The Inside Story, the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, and Columbia neuroscientist Joy Hirsch.