UWE expert delivers technology for danceroom Spectroscopy Festival

Issue date: 22 October 2013


danceroom Spectroscopy Festival

Passenger Shed Temple Meads 25 and 26 October 2013

Dr Tom Mitchell from the University of the West of England is part of a multidisciplinary team that will be bringing the danceroom Spectroscopy Festival to the Bristol Passenger Shed this weekend.

In a unique and innovative fusion of digital art and science, danceroom Spectroscopy is an interactive visualisation of the nano world that combines physics, high performance computing, music, dance and digital art.

Dr Tom Mitchell set up the interface for communications between the visual simulations and the music. He said, “The performance is a fully immersive experience for the audience who are seated within a 360 degree projection dome. We have produced a work of incredible beauty, creating an exciting piece of artwork that is inspired by science and made possible through cutting-edge technology. When particles vibrate, move and collide they produce organised sound. My part in this has been to ensure that the music and visuals work together.

“One of the major challenges is interpreting the data produced by the molecular simulation in a musically meaningful way that conveys the underlying dynamics of the simulation.

“The dancers' movements are interpreted by the system as energy fields that sculpt the motion of the atomic simulation, and consequently the music and visuals that accompany their performance. It's quite phenomenal.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding multi-disciplinary team, to create a truly unique and experimental artistic experience.”

danceroom Spectroscopy has been developed at the Pervasive Media Studio based in the Watershed in Bristol. Led by Dr David Glowacki, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, it has resulted from the collaborative effort of a talented multi-disciplinary team, comprising Dr Thomas Mitchell (UWE Bristol), digital artist Phill Tew, Professor Joseph Hyde (Bath Spa University), choreographer Laura Kriefman, and a talented group of contemporary dancers including Lisa May Thomas, Emma Harrie, Tomomi Kosano, and Miyako Asano.

dS is presented by the University of Bristol and Watershed, with support from The Royal Society of Chemistry, the University of the West of England, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Bristol Temple Quarter commissions with Arts Council England and Bristol City Council.

The Pervasive Media Studio is a Creative Technologies Collaboration between Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol.

For more detail and to purchase tickets see Watershed web pages

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