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Start the year off with a bang as Telfair’s annual PULSE Art + Technology Festival faces the future with exciting exhibitions, lectures, and educational events for all ages. PULSE 2020’s theme “Futility to Futurity,” is explored by artists

and creatives who point out how technology can either work against us or help us solve the world’s largest problems. The related exhibition Machines of Futility features interactive works that question technology’s usefulness. Second Nature, an exhibition in the museum’s TechSpace will connect virtual reality, augmented reality, and games with the natural world, fragile ecosystems, and climate change. In addition to opening night talks by featured artists, PULSE will include the special event “A Climate for Change,” with short films and expert speakers showcasing groundbreaking technology, ideas, and strategies being implemented around the world and right here in Savannah. Morning programs for students focus on STEAM education and feature talks by artists and scientists. A Free Family Day, tours, and youth workshops round out the program.

Festival Schedule

January 22, 6pm: PULSE Members Opening Opening Artist Panel: Neil Mendoza, Alicia Eggert, R. Luke Dubois
Free to members / $8 non-members

Thursday, January 23
Student panel and Q & A: Is Technology useful?
Grades 4-12, college
6pm: Designing the Future: A Climate for Change Screenings and Panel, Presented by W Projects.
Free admission

Friday, January 24
11am: Lightning Talks for Students: Technology, Design and Climate Change
Grades 4-12
2pm: PULSE Curators’ Tour Machines of Futility
2pm: Artists Tour of Second Nature

Saturday, January 25
Raising STEAM: Youth workshops
1-4pm: Free Family Day/STEAM Expo

Sunday, January 26
Curator’s Tour of the exhibitions Machines of Futility, Second Nature


For a full list of events, including free workshops for youth and adults, visit


This exhibit is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Harry DeLorme, Senior Curator of Education.

Investment is provided by the City of Savannah, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsor: Connect Savannah

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