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BAASICS envisions a culture in which the fine arts and sciences are complementary parts of our popular discourse, together able to provide an exceptional understanding of our world and of what it means to be human.


BAASICS is a San Francisco based nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring contemporary topics through the juxtaposition of art and science. With the aim of making fine art and science personally meaningful to a general audience, we produce entertaining and informative live programs, exhibitions, and digital media. Additionally, we aim to foment interdisciplinary exchange and a new genre of experimentation that will move beyond what one of these disciplines can achieve on its own.

BAASICS.1: A Live Animal (July 2011) examined the human/non-human animal relationship. BAASICS.2: The Future (June 2012) considered where we are headed as a species in light of nascent or developing technologies. BAASICS.3: The Deep End (May 2013) explored mental illnesses, spectrum disorders, and their links to creativity. BAASICS.4: Watershed (January 2014) focused on the ecology of the San Francisco Bay watershed. BAASICS.5: Monsters (July 2014), BAASICS Monsters Happy Hour @ Helix (July 2014), and BAASICS @ BASF: Monsters (October 2014) pondered monsters of all shapes and sizes, both real and imagined.

BAASICS was conceived and is produced by Selene Foster ( & Christopher Reiger (, with support from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program ( BAASICS is proud to have presented its first four events in conjunction with ODC Theater ( and Root Division (, and its fifth program in continued partnership with ODC Theater.

BAASICS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. The generosity and enthusiasm of our sponsors, individual donors, and grantees makes our programming possible.

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