Remote Sense — the Planetarium at GSC 20th Oct : 2030–2130
We're absolutely delighted to be showing the incredibly beautiful Remote Sense by Jonny Knox, in the Planetarium at GSC.
Remote Sense is a fulldome AV film with visuals solely generated from Lidar (laser scanned) data and audio from collaborator and Ecuadorian sound designer Darien Britto. Taking inspiration from prehistoric artists who painted in 360 degrees, the work follows the shamanic/artistic process of entoptic phenomena, an altered state, universal, visual experience linked to the central nervous system which inspired mysterious yet familiar geometric and abstract Neolithic art.
The process of blurring reality to abstraction is really interesting to Jonny; abstract expressionist Ashille Gorky said, "abstraction allows man to see with his mind what his eyes can't see". We understand the world to be made up of atoms; we know this to be true, but can't see it... or can we? Entoptic phenomena appears to be a process of breaking down visual reality to its raw, primordial state, so what better way to express this than through Lidar data which, by nature, senses the world atom by atom.
Along with this audio visual treat, our Planetarium presenters will take you on a journey around the universe before the show begins, to show you just what this amazing space is capable of, across astronomy, ahead of the art of Jonny's piece.
Jonny Knox is a digital artist, co-founder and CCO in Glasgow, UK. He combines his eclectic background in music, architecture and computer-generated graphics to craft new media designs, installations and immersive experiences; stepping between left and right brains, between art, design and technology to experience.
As Resident Entrepreneur in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, he devised a realtime digital projection dome presenting at the National Museum of Scotland with his unique interactive dome exhibit 'Touching the NEOlithic'.
He co-founded Sublime who deliver shared immersion (dome) projects across the world for clients such as Fosters + Partners, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Astrazenica and the British Museum.
His artistic work is articulated through technology — often custom software and novel pipelines — yet his motivation is more primordial and concerned with experience, perception and process over traditional narrative.
This event is suitable for ages 14+ due to the intense visual experience in the dome.
Beautiful but intensive
In 2009 I first became aware of laser scanning, a 3D model yes, but untouched by human hands, a digital replica. Beautiful, but such a CPU intensive medium, even opening a data set can be painful! With some support from the amazing people at Derivative, I built a software system which converts table data to pixels and pixels to instanced geometry. The user interface behaves much like a VJ platform where I lovingly overlay, merge and manipulate 8K images with a midi controller assigned to animations.