Science-Art-Technology Collaborations

Some current exemplar sci-art projects are listed below for information:

Sunbeam - A Site-Specific Digital Projection, University of Central Lancashire, March-April 2011- Preliminary Visualisation. On five consecutive evenings  from March 28th-April 1st 2011, high definition digital images of the sun from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be projected onto one of the large solar trackers installed at the University of Central Lancashire. The project is produced in collaboration with Dr. Robert Walsh, Reader in Solar Physics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and funded by the Contemporary Arts Development Group, Uclan. 

Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram : Outrace

Outrace: An installation by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram was  commissioned by the London Design Festival Supported and enabled by AUDI AG. In 2010, the London Design Festival invited Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram to design a Trafalgar Square installation. Their project entitled OUTRACE empowered the general public to take control of eight large-scale industrial robots on loan from Audi’s manufacturing line that will descend onto London’s most public square. Both visitors to the square and a global web audience could send large scale three dimensional light messages through the installation.

OUTRACE was described as a popup factory; a temporary production facility for writing holographic messages.The powerful light heads attached to the synchronized mechanical arms made use of LED technology from the Audi R15 TDI race car, winner of the 2010 24h of LeMans. As a user’s message was drawn, the light trace was simultaneously recorded through a system of high definition, long-exposure cameras, encoded as a video and relayed back to be shared across social media.

David Titley : Radar Residencies

Radar is an innovative programme of digital artists' residencies in public libraries across the county of Lancashire. Through collaborative arts activities and experiences resident artists consider the role of libraries as free and accessible public gateways to culture, and the implications of the evolution of digital culture on this core function. The third Radar artist in residence is Lancashire-based David Titley, who will engage collaboratively and creatively with users and staff alike at three libraries in Pennine Lancashire; Nelson, Brierfield, and Burnley Campus. On specific days in February and March, visitors to each of these libraries will find out about and contribute to David's unique and intriguing ongoing story: David Titley engages with the virtual qualities of the internet. Indeed it has been said that he only exists on the web. That is… until now. In the past his work has played on the presence of an absence and the existence of another virtual or digital realm. The narrative of The Lost Artist has so far developed through a series of interactions with digital communities, whether directly online, mobile technology or fax machines.

Lynette Wallworth: Empathy and Empowerment in Interactive Storytelling

Wallworth's responsive environments lead visitors to transcend their everyday selves and to connect with universal themes that include and describe their own existence. Always experimenting with the newest technologies, her ability to build a sense of community and compassion with these tools is startling. Beauty, revelation and wonder are celebrated in the artist’s works, fusing mind and body through the fundamental means of the haptic and the optic, light and touch.

The artist describes her intention as “bringing together technological advances and ancient understandings, new media and old practices, electronics and the electricity of human touch.”

Erica Seccombe: Nanoplastica

Australian artist Erica Seccombe has undertaken a 2010 Visiting Fellowship with AProf Tim Senden in the Department of Applied Mathematics, at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering. Erica worked with the App Maths team on Micro 3D CT X-rays and volume rendering them in Drishti. Brightly translucent, Nanoplastica is visually and conceptually intriguing as it reveals to an audience the internal structures of curiously familiar creatures, compelling us to question if we really know what we are looking at.