Video still from Where the City Can’t See, 2017, Liam Young

Liam Young, Where the City Can’t See (still), 2017.

Talks & Panels

Meet the Curators: ‘Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints’

Exploratorium Cinema Arts curators Kathleen Maguire and Samuel Sharkey lead Q&A sessions and engage visitors in informal conversations about their selections for Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints over the course of the Screening Room program’s last afternoon on view at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts.

Presented in two alternating cycles, each beginning at the top of the hour, Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints investigates the act of seeing as a primary way of knowing, ranging from the biological and temporal characteristics of vision to cinema’s ability to transcend these experiences. Like the photographs and sculptures on view in No Time, these film and video works induce the viewer to travel beyond the vistas represented and explore the many facets of human relationships to the natural world.

Featuring works by Jeroen Cluckers, Daniel Crooks, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Tanja Geis, Jan Van IJken, and Jane Veeder among others, Maguire and Sharkey provoke questions of technological advancement and scale with implications for both the creation of moving-image art and the unalterable change of natural landscapes.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Exploratorium Cinema Arts Program and in conjunction with McEvoy Arts’ Fall exhibition No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. No Time is on view through Saturday, January 19, 2019.


Kathleen Maguire is a media arts programmer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her work includes designing screenings for intergenerational audiences, working closely with artists to craft media-based performances, and curating media works for the Museum galleries. Recent projects include Light Play: Mechanical Entry Points, a multi-year engagement highlighting artists who explore light art through mechanical technologies and Field of View: Mapping Emerging Technologies, a series of temporal engagements examining cutting-edge use of immersive technologies in science and the arts. She was previously a part of the temporal programming group at the American Museum of Natural History and is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.

Samuel Sharkey is a Bay Area film exhibitor and event producer focused on audience experience through interactive performance and direct engagement. He graduated with a BA in media studies from the University of San Francisco and expanded his interest in performing arts through celebrating cult cinema with Peaches Christ Productions (2004 – 2018) and honing visitor engagement while co-operating the Red Vic Movie House (2008 – 2012). He has worked as a part of Cinema Arts at the Exploratorium since 2008, gaining a deep appreciation for experimental film forms and site-based screenings. He curates short film programs, outdoor screenings, and expanded cinema performances.