It will feature at Prague's forthcoming Event 3 Festival and conference ‘Mutamorphosis: Challenging the Arts and Sciences,’ a radical international gathering of scientists and creative practitioners, including Stelarc.
In the unusual exhibit, a computer explores and represents on screen nearly 10,000 years of soil records, revealing them in different colours and perspectives. The images are accompanied by sounds shaped by the computer using scientific information taken from the soil itself: http://www.sbes.stir.ac.uk/groundbreaking/
‘Ground-breaking’ seeks to illuminate and makes audible ancient landscapes by combining microscopic images of early soil samples with a ‘sonification’ of data associated with them. Other source materials, photographic and phonographic, are brought together with this material in a dynamic, computer-generated audiovisual work that slowly evolves over time.
Michael Young said “‘Ground-breaking’ reflects growing concern – and need for new understandings – about how peoples relate to their environment across the whole world, both today and in the future. We want to see how the content of the vast data sets produced by investigation of climate change can be explored and critiqued in novel ways. The challenge is to realise in image and sound impressions and specific understandings of data, to go beyond mere imaging and 'sonification' and produce a bone fide way to develop creative ideas and give new meanings.”
‘Ground-breaking’ was initiated with funding from the Research Councils UK.
A new dead zone in the Indian Ocean could impact future marine nutrient balance
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NASA's AIM observes early noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica
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In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.
Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
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