Weird Science: ‘Hex Inverter’ At The SFMOMA Museum Garage


In the mood for some weird science, somewhere over the rainbow where the underground meets the overground? Or “garage” sounds of the most unexpected sort?

SFMOMA hosts a series of installations/events/concerts on Saturday, Jan. 9 -- an event that appears to be tapping into the same spirit as those experimental music/noise shows that used to happen nearby on Tehama alley at the old Clitstop space. The event: “The Hex Inverter and Kimber Lite and the Pipes” by Max Lawrence, a so-called mechanical mad scientist and “electric conductor.”

Set up in the SFMOMA Musem Garage windows between Minna and Natoma, Lawrence’s light orchestra -- made up of rewired toys and homemade synthesizers -- will look like a mural by day. Night, however, is a whole ‘nother story.

Word has it that the Philadelphia artist (who co-founded gallery and art collective Space 1026 and record label and publishing house Free News Projects) is harking back to the “lo-fi sentiments of the Chuck-E-Cheese band, executed with the homemade, maddening ingenuity of the Unabomber.” Swing by the reception for drinks, snacks, music by Baths and Double Brainbow -- and, one suspects, off-kilter fun for all.

“The Hex Inverter and Kimber Lite And The Pipes” opening reception happens Jan. 9, 5-7 p.m., at Natoma Alley off New Montgomery, SF. Look for three “secret shows” to happen at 5:30 and 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

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