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AxS Festival 2014

Bubbles, lasers and an inflatable dome—and that's just the opening night of this curious Pasadena art and science fest

 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Lucky Dragons performing in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Lucky Dragons performing in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Lucky Dragons performing in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Lucky Dragons performing in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano

"ULTIMATE BUNGALOW!" sign by Jessica Cowley, part of the Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House

 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano

"The Swirling Mess..." by Patrick Ballard

 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano

Sculptures of an imaginary deity and language

 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Light sculpture outside of SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Steve Roden performing in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano
NASA footage of the moon, part of William Basinski and Richard Chartier's Solunaris in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano
NASA footage of the sun, part of William Basinski and Richard Chartier's Solunaris in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
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Photograph: Michael Juliano
NASA footage of the moon, part of William Basinski and Richard Chartier's Solunaris in the SPHAERAE at the AxS Festival

Pasadena's AxS Festival kicked off Friday night with a whole lot of lasers and bubbles. Or as artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand have dubbed it, "10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid." It's one of many performances being staged over the next two weeks inside of the festival's centerpiece, Sphaerae, an inflatable, multi-sensory pavilion. Elsewhere during the curious art and science fest, you can catch choir performances, high-tech talks and the Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, a reimagining of the Pasadena bungalow. If you missed out on this weekend's artsy eye and ear candy, there's plenty more to come through the festival's close on October 5.

Check back throughout the fest to see more of our photos.

RECOMMENDED: Group naps and pop-up dining invade the Gamble House

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