Scientific Reification

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David Green
Dr Steven Mills
Peter Brook
Prof Craig Rodger
Dr James B. Blundell


In the Embodied Earth installation, part of the Art and Light Exhibition held 15-30 August 2015 in the HD Skinner Annex of the Otago Museum in Dunedin, the viewer sensorially experiences lightning strikes in synchronicity with actual terrestrial lightning events occurring over a large swathe of the Earth’s surface via a live data stream. Viewers face a large projection screen on which they can see themselves in silhouette. My design intends the viewer to don a haptic jacket and move freely, as a live data stream, translated into animated lightning flashes, tracks the viewer’s screen position, appearing to strike the wearer’s upper body. In association with with the visual cue, the viewer would feel a strong vibration at the point of apparent lightning contact, concurrent with a synchronised subwoofer signal that pulsates their body with a short burst of low-frequency sound.

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David Green, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

David Green is an artist and filmmaker who lectures in Electronic Arts at The Dunedin School of Art.

Dr Steven Mills, Otago University

Dr Steven Mills
Department of Computer Science
University of Otago

Peter Brook, Otago Polytechnic

Peter Brook
Lecturer Embedded Systems
Otago Polytechnic

Prof Craig Rodger, University of Otago

Professor Craig J. Rodger
Department of Physics
University of Otago

Dr James B. Blundell, University of Otago

Dr James B. Brundell
Department of Physics
University of Otago