The Science Visualization Lab of the University of Applied Arts has been treading new paths for many years to make science tangible and visible. For this purpose, the design tools of computer animation, documentary film and immersive experiences are used in a variety of ways to convey scientific information and images. The presented videos show the lab’s most successful projects, but also their development paths and underlying data. As an example, not only the micro and nano world, but also the path as a destination becomes visible. Size scales that are invisible without technical aids can be made tangible through digital data from our very physical world. The projects shown are LIFE and NOISE AQUARIUM, which deal with the effects of plastic and noise pollution on plankton, CRISPR/Cas9-NHEJ: ACTION IN THE NUCLEUS, which deals with genetic manipulation and VIRUS DICE, which presents the SARS-CoV-2 virus and our existence as a function of relationships with different probabilities.
Sept. 8th – 9:00 am PST / 18:00 CET Breathe to Flow
Walking and breathing meditation led by Anna Nacher and members of the Art Sci collective. Audiences are required to RSVP and encouraged to record and add 30 seconds of their breath to the growing BREATH LIBRARY!
Through a simple act of breathing we may participate in the whole range of scales and time flows: for the terrestrial atmosphere, a given water molecule, the one we breathe in and breathe out as oxygen, might spend in the atmosphere 15-23 days on the average. What if the way we breathe and vocalize impacts the water cycles? Can we turn our bodies into water cycles measuring units and the instruments of cooperation with weather patterns? What if even the tiniest movement of the oxygen in our nostrils and lungs and even the slightest resonation of the vocal cords, chest, and abdomen can affect a rainstorm? Meditating on such questions may provide an interesting departure point for both scientific inquiry and embodied practice of breathing and vocalizing.
COVID-19 has made breathing a struggle across the planet. This meditation turns our minds to nature’s oxygen powerhouse.
80% of our oxygen is produced by plankton.
Victoria Vesna (New York) and Siddharth Ramakrishnan (Seattle) are joined by Anna Nacher (Slovakia), Rhiannon Catalyst (New York), John Brumley (Brighton, UK), and Ivana Dama and Clinton van Arman (Los Angeles) who will create a live binaural sonic layering on the animations of plankton by Martina Fröschl.
About the Online Meditation
This collective / distributed meditation is an online version of Noise Aquarium, which evolved during the pandemic and was first presented by the Laznia gallery in Gdansk, Poland. We are all interconnected and we all need air to breathe – no matter what our philosophical/ political stance.The invisible virus has turned our world upside down and we turn our attention to the micro-creatures that give us life. The Noise Aquarium installation is all about achieving inner balance in order to commune with plankton. Now that we cannot be there in body, we try to do the same by connecting online.
We invite participation from all across the world to breathe together in rhythm, as we listen and dive into the interconnected ecology of the collective mind and share frequencies of healing amidst all the noise.
Noise Aquarium will be part of the first Wiener Rauschen Audio Visual Festival in Aspern Seestadt Vienna from 24-26th September 2020. The installation can be experienced as VR and sound installation in the local exhibition space Jot12. More information at http://www.wienerrauschen.at/.
The 2020 Vision Series is
a four part journey that MindshareLA is producing in collaboration with
UCLA so please join us for the inaugural event as we collectively
explore how the smallest things can have profound implications on all of
UCLA Art Sci’s Summer Institute director Adam Stieg and currently
Associate director of CNSI and Victoria Vesna with the Art Sci
collective presenting the NOISE AQUARIUM VR version.
It Came from Nano Space…and it plays by different rules! As
technology heralds fantastic opportunities it also brings ethical
quandaries and unexpected challenges. Linking brains to machines is
making us explore the frontiers and boundaries of what it means
to be human; cutting-edge genetic therapies are saving lives and
forcing us to question previous limitations; quantum computing is
promising unparalleled computer processing while making us rethink our
entire world of digital security; and from the moment we are born we
start to share our lives with organisms in our gut biome that shape our
mood and behaviors. OH, YES! Wild, wild things are happening at the tiny
scale! Who and what are we, really? And more importantly, what are we becoming?
Throughout our existence, time is of the essence. When feeling good, we have the time of our lives, while particular challenges give us a rough time. At times our part- and full-time jobs make us feel like we live on borrowed time. Perhaps time to call it a day? And after each timeout we start again, one step at a time, staying focused on that one idea for the time being. But we as a whole are in a race against time and time is running out for solving some of our most pressing challenges!