Highlighting art's response to such preoccupations, Yerba Buena unveils "(extra)super[meta]," three exhibitions exploring our obsession with the mysterious and unexplained. "Above and Beyond," a group of works by both artists and true believers, inhabits the blurred border between science fiction and science. Plumbing the depths of the inexplicable, these sculptures, photographs, paintings, and video installations indulge in "evidence" of extraterrestrials, paranormal phenomena, and metaphysical truths. David Miles' "Walking Unafraid" examines a personal belief system in which certain artist-created objects have the power to ward off the worst life throws at him. These cardboard sculptures, drawings, and video works are prototypes for devices that can create protective force fields, relieve anxiety, and generate good luck, among other mysterious powers. Jim Campbell's video installations "Simultaneous Perspective" and "Frames of Reference" allow gallerygoers to experience ESP through a series of strategically placed video cameras, giving one the ability to exist at multiple places simultaneously.
"(extra)super[meta]" opens Saturday, and runs through April 30, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is free-$5. An opening night party for the exhibitions takes place Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight; admission is $10. Saturday at 3 p.m., David Miles gives the lecture "In Conversation: DIY and Its Consequences"; admission is $3-5. Call 978-ARTS.