Allan Packer

Long before steampunk or Burning Man or the Internet, for a certain category of nerd, the words “Tesla coil” would cause instant goosebumps. You flash back to the laboratory or middle-school science fair when you first witnessed the buzzing, glowing, magical contraption. It instantly summons Metropolis and Frankenstein (“It’s alive!”) and somehow embodies all science-fiction its circular incandescence. Seattle-based artist Allan Packer feels the same way. And for two nights, his repeating 20-minute film/installation The Ozone Room will include a Tesla coil, his igloo-esque Corvus Corax sculpture, and both the film and sculpture The Time Machine—a large brass molecule of sorts that looks to have been deposited on Earth by extraterrestrials. It should be an immersive experience in alternative science history. BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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