Projects + Workshops + Exhibitions
Galactic Bowling - Tidal Disruption of Stars: Game like Wiimote triggered visualization created by one of the OpenLab Summer Institute teams of Art and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. Lyes Belhocine, DANM Research Associate Drew Detweiler, DANM Research Associate James Guillochon, Astrophysics Graduate Student Morgan MacLeod, Astrophysics Graduate Student Uliana Popov, Engineering Graduate Student Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UCSC Astronomy and Astrophysics Faculty Jolie Ruelle, DANM Graduate Student/Summer Art Lecturer
"The idea of OpenLab is simple: Bring together a group of specialists from different disciplines and task them with leveraging each other’s strengths to create new ways to visualize scientific research."
The Kepler App and Display Case were developed through the OpenLab initiative at UC Santa Cruz, which brought together faculty and students in astrophysics, art, and technology for a summer institute last year. The Kepler Explorer team includes astrophysicist Jonathan Fortney, a member of the Kepler science team; two of his graduate students, Eric Lopez and Caroline Morley; artist Kyle McKinley, a recent graduate of the Digital Arts and New Media program; and John Peters, a recent graduate of the computer game design program.m
Black (W)hole is an immersive exhibition experience designed by The Einstein Collective that combines the arts, data visualization and sonification, and astrophysics. Entering the installation, viewers step into a darkened gallery where a laser star field projects onto their skin.
MoonSplat! The model for OpenLab’s 3D stroboscopic zoetrope, is a series of physical models created by sculptor Leslie Thompson with Sudhu Tewari from computer simulations of an impact between the moon and a smaller companion.
MoonSplat – Tidal Disruption
OpenLab opening reception with presentation by artists and scientist who collaborated on the Arts + Astrophysics Exhibition.
The Astro Lounge was developed by OpenLab summer research fellows Zach Corse and Nathan Ober as members of OpenLab's 2015 Art + Astrophysics' Summer Institute. New works emerged from their interest in Einstein's theory of general relativity and its many applications, information theory, and the limits of human perception.
ART + Astrophysics Exhibition. The exhibition feature four exhibit of astrophysical phenomena including Black Hole/Star Bowling Game; a Kepler App; a 3D Zoetrope of MoonSplat, and an interactive sculpture of Spectral Shifts in the Milky Way.