“In Human Nature, I explore what happens when we step back to view ourselves within the expansiveness of nature and time. I consider how this scale realignment can change our perspective, offer context, reveal absurdities, and evoke humility, insights and awe."

                                                                      —Tiffany Shlain


Exhibition Dates

SHACK15 is a beautiful private space on the top floor of the SF Ferry Building.

Below are times the public can view the exhibit:

Human Nature Solo Exhibition: Nov 2 – Dec 15, 2022, SHACK15, The Ferry Building, San Francisco


October 26: Artist Talk + Preview. 6-8pm. SOLD OUT

Wednesday, November 2: Opening Reception. 6-9pm. AT CAPACITY
Thursday, December 1: Artist Zoom Talk + Tour 11AM PT/2pm ET on Zoom. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 6: Artist Talk + Tour Live 6pm to 7:30pm RSVP here  

Saturday. December 10: Public Art Tour Day: Tours 11am-4pm, SHACK15, The Ferry Building, SF. RSVP Required here.

Interview About Human Nature Art and Residency

"Before Covid, I had been working with my team on a new type of experience I call “Spoken Cinema”: a “live film” about the history of the internet and the relationship between humans and technology. The Museum of Modern Art premiered Dear Human in New York on Feb 15, 2020. The response was super exciting and we planned to take it on tour. Weeks later the whole world shut down. And while the past two years have been an intense and challenging time, the silver lining was that it forced us all to focus on asking the big questions: What’s important? How do I want to live my life? Who do I want to spend my time with? I spent a lot of time at home with my family, or out in nature. I loved the scale of the redwoods, the solitude, the sense of connectedness, and the feeling of humility and awe as part of something larger than oneself. 

I started creating sculptures and photographs and an experimental film trying to convey that feeling. I wanted to evoke the effect of our size and scale in nature—our sense of smallness, escape, refuge, realignment, humility, perspective, healing, and awe that vast vistas and towering trees that have stood for thousands of years bring. Covid reminded us all that we can’t control everything and that we are part of a much larger narrative of interdependent forces." Read full interview.




36" X 60"
archival pigment print on acid-free paper

Move-In Day
Shack15 at San Francisco Ferry Building

About the Artist

Tiffany Shlain is an artist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and author of the national bestseller 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one woman spoken cinema performance Dear Human. Tiffany’s work has received over 80 awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future and The Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectually Activity.  Her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance and were selected by The US State Department to represent America around the world. She is currently working on a new body of visual work that includes sculpture, photography and time-based media that look at the relationship of humanity and nature for a solo exhibit fall 2022.




A live one-woman Spoken Cinema Performance

Premiered at The Museum of Modern Art New York

February 2020 

This live performance by Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain takes the audience on a riveting and cinematic journey across the past, present, and future of the relationship between humanity and technology. Incorporating live narration, mesmerizing visuals, an evocative soundscape, and audience engagement, Dear Human is a one-of-a-kind experience that invites the audience to think deeply about how technology is both amplifying our humanity, and amputating it, and how to stay human in our 24/7 world.


The Brain Portrait (2014): UCSF’s Sandler Neurosciences Center partnered artists with neuroscientists. Shlain was partnered with Dr. James Doty from Stanford and premiered the art installation Brain Portrait as part of the Mind Matters art exhibition. Watch a short clip about it here.

The Brain Portrait: How do the images around us affect our brains? How do they influence the ghost in the machine? In this exhibit, visitors will enter a photo booth and put on a portable brain scanner — a low resolution EEG that “uses sensors to tune into electrical signals produced by the brain.” They will then be shown film sequences of both compassion and violence. We will take the data from the scanner and create artistic interpretations of the patterns our brains experience for each. Visitors will leave with a unique photo strip from: The Brain Portrait. Read the press release.

More about the show: “Mind Matters: Mapping the Human Mind through Neuroscience” is organized by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience in collaboration neuroscientists and area artists. Mind Matters is an interactive, visual and educational art exhibit. As an interdisciplinary exhibit at the intersection of arts, technology and science, it is designed to stimulate intense interactions between art and science, allowing each to follow its own route, from start to finish, in a rich and full-fledged manner, both artistically and scientifically. It comes to life as a fruit of the collaboration of small groups of artists and scientists—in many cases just duos or trios—working together. Find out more at





Tiffany Shlain & Ken Goldberg were Artists-in-Residents at
The National Museum of American Jewish History 

The Whole Cinemagillah by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg ran at the museum December 2016 – March 2017.



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Smashing Video Art Installation 

Premiered at The Contemporary Jewish Museum 

Acquired by 21c Museum Hotels


An interactive art installation with video projection, step plate, custom electronics, and software.

Ken Goldberg and Tiffany Shlain (electronics design by Danny Bazo)

Smashing is an interactive new media installation where motion triggers audio and video. Visitors are invited to make a silent vow and then to stomp on a floor plate. The impact triggers a projected slow-motion video of breaking glass accompanied by a musical track that responds to the quality of each impact.

Shattered glass has punctuated crises and transformations through history and across cultures from Kristallnacht to the Watts Riots to the breaking of a glass at the conclusion of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Smashing debuted on opening night of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and was exhibited at the Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, in New York