30 January 2013
D.V. Rogers has been awarded the AlloSphere residency, a partnership between the University of California Santa Barbara, and the Australia Council’s Music Board and Inter-Arts Office.
D.V. Rogers is an installation-based, performance artist-engineer working between the fields of geophysics, conceptual cultural theory, activism, systems engineering, and social commentary. As part of his three month AlloSphere residency he will develop the Interior Earth Interpreter, a seismic sound and visualisation interface.
The Interior Earth Interpreter system processes seismic wave form data, and converts this data into audible sound frequencies which are then computationally driven through a series of points displayed on the twin AlloSphere hemisphere screens. These points represent the interior structure of inner earth and are coloured representing seismic velocity structure.
Inside the AlloSphere, the viewer stands at the centre looking towards the surface of the earth and experiences the sound of earthquakes travelling through the earth as they trigger and alter the colour and brightness hue of a series of visual points mapped across the hemisphere screens.
To experience Interior Earth Interpreter a viewer will both see and hear seismic waves travelling through the earth.
The AlloSphere is a 30-foot diameter sphere built inside a 3-story near anechoic (echo free) cube. It allows for synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale data sets in an environment that can simulate virtually real sensorial perception.
Scientifically, the AlloSphere is an instrument similar to the telescope, in that it enables scientists to see data in new ways that provoke insight. It’s used in fields ranging from nanotechnology to theoretical physics, from proteomics to cosmology, from neurophysiology to the spaces of consciousness, and from new materials to new media.
But it is has also been compared to a musical instrument or orchestra – something to compose for and to play. Artistically it offers the opportunity for the creation and performance of formally innovative new works and the potential to explore new modes of expression in an immersive environment, fusing elements of music, sound art, architecture, games and more. For more details about the AlloSphere, see www.allosphere.ucsb.edu.
The Australia Council is the first organisation in the world to support a formal artist residency at the AlloSphere, providing Australian artists an unprecedented opportunity to work at the cutting edge of international research.
Further information about the meeting can be found in the meeting assessment report here.
Image by Kevin Steele