Tales From the Mothership

“Tales from the Mothership: The Geisel Library, Past, Present, and Future” and an experimental Sci-Fi Film “Laboratory” are two of the age-defying events being held by the UC San Diego Libraries on May 11 to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Geisel Library building, known by many as the campus spaceship.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Mandeville Special Collections Library, will be preceded by an experimental sci-fi musical performance by musician and sound wizard Scott Paulson of the UCSD Arts Library, starting at 4 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a birthday cake and refreshments!

Presented by Seth Lerer, Dean of UCSD’s Division of Arts & Humanities, at 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library. Lerer, one of the nation’s leading literature scholars, is an authority on Dr. Seuss and popular culture, and played a leadership role in the successful “UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context,” which featured a series of noted speakers on architecture and design and celebrated UCSD’s built environment, including the campus’ flagship building, Geisel Library.

The Sci-Fi Film Laboratory, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m., will feature classic and not-so-classic science fiction film mash-ups with live music. Visitors will also have the opportunity to conduct their own sonic experiments, underscoring the films with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and various other unusual instruments, and make their own mash-ups by choosing sounds to enhance the live screenings.

But Wait! There’s More!

And then join us on May 21st from 11 am to 5 pm for an impromptu Sci-Fi Radio & Film Laboratory – conduct your own experiments with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and many more unusual instruments! Fun!

As some classic and not-so-classic science fiction films roll in our high-definition viewing rooms, you can choose your own sounds to overscore and enhance the live screenings. In a neighboring room, review sci-fi radio drama scripts, and create your own other-worldly score with our sound effects tools.

That’s Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and parking is FREE!

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