Size matters in "Powers of Ten" tribute

Dec 11, 2012

Charles and Ray Eames are best known as mid-20th Century designers of architecture and furniture, but they also worked in graphic design, fine art, and film. Unquestionably their most famous film was “Powers of Ten” (1968), which they describe as “a film dealing with the relative size of things in the universe, and the effect of adding another zero.”

There have been many advances in human knowledge since the late ‘60s. Is there a limit to knowledge, or does it continue to expand, like the universe? This is one of the questions posed by Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, of San Francisco’s Futurefarmers collective, in their book “A Variation on Powers of Ten.” It's based on interviews conducted for a current exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.