Living Data Atrium

The plankton mesh screen is an octopus with flowing tentacles!

The Living Data Atrium may make study more productive and inspire collaborations between disciplines and institutions.

Animations are projected through silk mesh that once trawled for plankton in the Southern Ocean, with music that reflects the marine environment.

Malou Zuideman contributes a beautiful and quirky animation to the Screen Space. Forests of the Sea, made possible by Lynchpin: the Ocean Project , tells how kelp forests are disappearing with global warming. The story relates to UTS science research by Paul Gribbin.

Students sit at tables to study around the atrium on level 3 of the UTS science building. They come from different Schools of science – Chemical, Forensic, Medical, Biomedical, Environmental. When I ask what they think about the animations they say:

The music [in Takuya Suzuki’s Time Sense] is ambient and relaxing. I know it helped me study when it was on the other day.

I like the variety animation styles.

I like Forests of the Sea because it tells a story I understand.

The stop-motion paper cut out technique is ‘critical’ [really good].

I would rather have animations here than nothing! The music is peaceful and relaxing.

I prefer the animation with the screen. It’s more artistic [interesting and different]. It’s just the right size, doesn’t intrude. I can still see the the images and words. The movement attracts attention.

It looks like a jellyfish, or maybe an octopus! I saw it from above and came down to check it out.

Forests of the Sea, an animation by Malou Zuidema, screens in the UTS science building light well.

Students of Environmental Science describe a new machine they have just acquired, that will photograph time lapse series of microscopic images. They say when they have perfected technique, they will provide series of images to play here as an animated loop.

Inspired by this and upcoming Living Data display spaces, animator Paul Fletcher, at the Victorian College of the Arts, is collaborating with UTS Aquatic scientists Jennifer Clarke and Kirralee Baker, to visualise their climate change data.

Malou Zuideman looks at a display of work by fellow artists Melissa Smith, Sue Anderson and Lisa Roberts. The display is in the Environmental Science Common Room on level 5 of the UTS science building.

Art by Eveline Kolijn, Melissa Smith, Lisa Roberts and other contributors to Living Data

About Lisa Roberts

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