Video Submissions: Experience 6 Finalists in Moving Picture
Planet Gallery: Explore the Stars with 1 Finalist
Image Gallery: A Traditional Viewing Experience
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The 35 Art of Science finalist pieces are repeated and presented in multiple formats to account for various technical limitations of our exhibition and your ability to view the work. The virtual reality exhibition space is a fun way to engage our pieces but only supports static 2D images. As a result we have embedded video works below the virtual reality space. All 2D images are also replicated in the static gallery space in case there are technical difficulties in experiencing the virtual reality space. We recognize these various presentation formats introduce biases in how the works are interpreted. We ask our judges and our audience to work against these biases and appreciate the works themselves. If you have trouble seeing a piece, try using a different browser. If a problem persists or you have a question about the exhibition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Jette, Mark Broschinsky, James Buchholz - Fluor Sonoescence
The piece begins and ends with sound, traversing through a series of translations along the way. Fluor Sonoescence started as a series of sustained tones on a brass instrument that were visualized as smoke clouds by placing smoke into the horn. The smoke was then illuminated by a laser and the image was captured with a high frame-rate camera, a collaborative enterprise of Professor James Buchholz, a Fluid Dynamics Researcher, and Christopher Jette, the composer. Using the spectral centroid of the smoke mass, the video serves as the basis of pitch content for the trombone and electronics. The live trombone is processed during the performance, combined with fixed electronics and juxtaposed with the source video material.
Fluor Sonoescence was written for trombonist Mark Broschinsky.
Mayank Sanganeria and David Kwak - Tear Glass Petri Dish
Tear glass petri dish is an audiovisual composition where the visuals, originally inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's Circles in a Circle (1923), are set to a minimalist piano piece. The visuals are deeply connected to the music, matching it for motion, color and structure.This piece also uses AI style transfer trained on the works on Kandinsky himself to add a connection that goes beyond the surface.
Audio and video composition by Mayank Sanganeria, Piano performance by David Kwak
More pieces are available at https://www.instagram.com/e7mac/
Eva de la Serna - Sprouts of Life
This short film is a time lapse of live placental cells collectively migrating together and assembling micro-tissue placental structures in vitro over the course of 24 hours.
The science behind what you are viewing: The placenta is a villous organ that plays a myriad of critical roles during pregnancy, the most important of which is facilitating nutrient exchange between the mother and the fetus. To establish a robust nutrient exchange system, placental cells called trophoblasts from the outer layer of a human embryo anchor the embryo to the uterus and invade the tissue to remodel maternal uterine vasculature to exchange nutrients with fetal vasculature within the developing placenta. Remarkably, these trophoblast cells accomplish this remodeling phenomenon by aggressively migrating through uterine tissue and incorporating themselves into maternal blood vessels to expand them up to 4x their original diameter to supply adequate blood flow to the developing fetus at sustainable blood pressure levels. Many diseases of pregnancy arise due to complications in this invasion and vessel remodeling process. This film is an in vitro recapitulation of this trophoblast invasion process, as a trophoblast cell line collectively invades and migrates through a uterine tissue biomaterial model to remodel their environment.
Michael Fischer, Suki Somersall, Sven Eberwein, Nina Lee Holtsberry - Alexa vs. United States
"People in the US have freedom of speech – but with exceptions. Falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater (Schenck v. United States) is illegal because it is violent and engagers public safety. It creates a “clear and present danger” that forces others to engage in acts of violence. Freedom of speech is constantly being reviewed by the courts. Does yelling “Fuck the draft stop the war” (Cohen v. California) make for a “clear and present danger” in our ability to win the Vietnam War? The Pulitzer Prize winning poem “Howl” was restricted because it was “obscene” and dangerous to society (California vs. Ferlinghetti).
Freedom of Speech has only been legally tested with humans. In this project we create an advanced Alexa, which generates speech using AI. Does Freedom of Speech apply to AI?
Alexa is entombed within 3D printed resin head that glows from within. The exhibit is display on a pedestal draped with a custom printed American flag. For this online version, we have rendered the Alexa and head in 3D.
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Mikey Fischer: https://www.instagram.com/mikey_fischer, https://twitter.com/yo__Mikey
Sven Eberwein: https://www.instagram.com/sven.eberwein/
Nina Lee Holtsberry: https://www.instagram.com/laughingberries/
Ben Bartlett - Spherical Harmonic Oscillation in Diamond
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This animation is a ray-traced rendering of refraction and chromatic dispersion through a structure with the optical properties of diamond which is oscillating in a spherical harmonic vibrational mode.
The video depicts the first few periods of the oscillation and was made using Mathematica, Python, and LuxCoreRender. It took 6 days for my desktop to simulate the 100 frames (3 seconds) that form a half-period of the oscillation.
I make math/physics animations in my spare time and share them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bencbartlett
Miriam Haart - AI Generated Landscapes using GAN Networks
This project presents images that were generated using a Generative Adversarial Neural (GAN) Network. The network was trained using images of different landscapes. This video presents the generated landscapes based on the vector compositions of the images so that the video flows through the generated landscapes in a smooth way.
Abel Lawrence Peirson and Dylan Freedman - Planet Gallery
"I was sitting near the campfire wondering about the stars. Slowly a thought came: The stars are flame, I thought. Then I had another thought: The stars are campfires that other hunterfolk light at night. The stars give a smaller light than campfires. So the stars must be campfires very far away.” — Carl Sagan, Cosmos
The early humans may not have been far wrong about the stars. We have discovered more than 4000 planets around stars other than our Sun (exoplanets), and we are rapidly discovering more. Browse planet gallery to see real images of all the exoplanets we have discovered so far! What you will see is a vignette of the sky around the star hosting the exoplanet.
It’s possible that some of these planets harbour life. Which one do you think?
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