michael naimark

Golden Gate Fly-Over

Golden Gate Fly-over is a moviemap of the San Francisco Bay Area from the air made for the Exploratorium. We used a special gyro-stabilized helicopter camera and satellite navigation to film along a precise ten by ten mile grid centered on Golden Gate Bridge. This exhibit uses a single trackball as the input device, so it is very easy to use. It allows moving around the Bay Area at unnaturally fast speeds. The goal was not to re-create a helicopter ride as much as to create a hyper-real experience, something impossible to experience in the physical world.

Video (30 sec)


Naimark 1977-1997 Exhibition, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, 2005

Whole Earth Cyberthon, San Francisco, 1990

Kanagawa International Art and Science Exhibition, Japan, 1989

World Financial Center, New York, 1989

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., 1988

The Exploratorium, San Francisco, 1987 - (permanent collection)


Concept and Direction: Michael Naimark

Software Design: Ken Carson

Executive Producer: Hill Branscomb

Supported by Advanced Interaction Inc.

Thanks to Harvie Branscomb, Scott Fisher, Steve Gano, Richard Hollander, Brenda Laurel, Bob Mohl, Genevieve Vaughan, and Diaquest Inc.