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Projects

Below is a list of some projects that have been developed in the Media Arts and Technology department.

The AlloSphere

The AlloSphere is much more than a "Project", but it is listed here because of the involvement of many people in the MAT community in the development of new and ongoing applications in this facility.

The AlloSphere is large sphere, ten meters in diameter, made of perforated aluminum, that is designed to provide multimodal representations of large-scale data in a fully immersive, 3D environment.

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Inside the AlloSphere

"We Are Stardust"

George Legrady, professor in the Department of Media Arts and Technology and the Department of Art.

"We Are Stardust" is a two-screen projection installation with infrared camera that maps the sequence of NASA sky observations from 2003 to the present through the Spitzer Space Telescope, an infra-red temperature sensing instrument that is orbiting the sun, and trailing in the earth's orbit.

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We Are Stardust

Multimodal Representation of Quantum Mechanics: "The Hydrogen Atom"

Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Media Arts and Technology, professor Luca Peliti, Physics Department, and graduate student Lance Putnam, Media Arts and Technology.

As the sciences increasingly rely on mathematical constructs to describe the invisible processes of nature, it is important to remain cognizant of the effectiveness of empirical observation towards gaining new insights. Digital systems provide not only a means of simulating models, but also a medium for communicating through image and sound.

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Hydrogen Atom

"Artificial Nature"

Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield, Media Arts and Technology.

Artificial Nature is an immersive multimodal interactive art installation bringing forth a complex ecosystem of creativity through multiple generative strata, exploring the notion of "art-as-it-could-be" and re-questioning the meanings, mechanisms and relationships of nature and art, life and beauty.

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Artificial Nature

"Turbulent Topologies"

Marcos Novak, professor in the Department of Media Arts and Technology and the Department of Art.

"Turbulent Topologies" is an exhibition that explores turbulence as both a formal principle and as a condition of the global metropolis. Through a variety of means, both visible and invisible, it examines the turbulent topologies of mixed layers and crossed currents, hidden links and sudden connections, flow networks and perturbed stratifications.

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Turbulent Topologies

"Control": Experimental Touchscreen Interfaces for iOS and Android

Charlie Roberts - PhD student, Media Arts and Technology.

Control enables users to create their own touchscreen interfaces for controlling musical, artistic and virtual reality applications on devices running either the iOS or Android operating system. Although there are many existing applications for this purpose, Control was created with several specific features to promote experimental research in digital arts practice.

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Control - Experimental Touchscreen Interface

Sonifying the Cosmic Microwave Background

Ryan McGee (PhD student, Media Arts and Technology), Jatila van der Veen (Department of Physics, UCSB), Matthew Wright (Media Arts and Technology), JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (Media Arts and Technology), Basak Alper (PhD student, Media Arts and Technology), Philip Lubin (Department of Physics, UCSB).

Sonification of the power spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, the oldest observable light in the universe.

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Sonifying the Cosmic Microwave Background