2nd Skin

Stories of Fusion.

2nd Skin


Opening night: April 25, 2008
Exhibition dates: April 29-September 7, 2008


The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s museum of science, art and human perception at the Palace of Fine Arts

2nd Skin Exhibition



About the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco’s Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come.


With its exhibition 2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing, the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s popular museum of science, art, technology and human perception, featured pioneering artists working at the crossroads of science/technology and art/fashion. Bad Unkl Sista was a featured performance installation ensemble for 2nd Skin among a global cast of innovative and inspiring artists including Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi from the Interface Culture Lab-Linz, Takehito Etani, Amanda Parkes, Stephanie Sandstrom, Alyce Santoro, Lisa Hoffman, and Sha Sha Higby.

As a featured artist, Bad Unkl Sista supported the Exploratorium’s 2nd Skin exhibition with a six-month 30’x20′ gallery installation as well as 2 grand-scale site-specific/site-responsive opening night performances. The installation was a representation of a different world, featuring five alienesque mannequins connected as one being by umbilical cords and dressed in mixed media pieces that included elaborate headgear, metal wings, and tubular appendages.

On opening night, Bad Unkl Sista offered a moving representation of the static physical installation. Titled “Stories of Fusion” and in collaboration with opera artist Ashley Knight, F’kir Elderfae, Karl Gillick, and Rachel Hospodar, the performances featured aerial rigging, live electronic music and a capella opera song in addition to costumed live dancers who moved as a single body—vital organs connected by strings—within a highly emotive and captivating narrative of bodily evolution and interconnection.