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Rashi Birla
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    Design Media Arts at UCLA
    In the 1970s space colonies were considered to be a viable alternative to a life restricted to planet Earth. The design of cylindrical space...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
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    Images from test shots done underwater.
    Photos shot with Canon point and shoot digital camera with housing in Sunset Recreational Pool at UCLA

    Got a lot of stares and bumped into a lot of swimmers. The whole experience was MUCH harder than I had thought it was going to be. Both with photographing underwater and moving underwater, you have to have a LOT of control over the camera and your body. Though I'd say it was a good test run for my first time

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    After looking at videos of what happens to water in 0 gravity atmospheres, I am reminded of the Robbin Williams movie, Flubber...



    I even made my own Flubber...

    http://www.muddlepuddle.co.uk/Science/kitchenscience.htm

    It ends of being more of a slimy consistency, but it seemed to have similar movement and malleability as the 0 gravity water.

    More inspiring images of water, focusing on the different ways water can move on earth—
    ...3 atoms (H20) can look so different

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    Water

    Bringing the essence of water into space

    Water is… wet, liquid, sensual, powerful, graceful, a necessity, a luxury, blue, green, clear, movement, drops, large bodies, a habitat, molecular, amorphous, liberating, destructive, building block for life and civilizations, tempting, cool, cold, hot, bubbles, immersive, overwhelming, refreshing, rain, reflective, clear, violent, natural, cozy, unrelenting, peaceful, ungraspable, malleable

    Forms of water we encounter on a daily basis…ice, mist, large bodies (lakes, pools, oceans), rain, bath and showers, steams, snow, clouds

    Water is both a necessity and enjoyable. In future space colonies, water as a necessity (drinking/eating) will definitely be a priority, what about the recreational/pleasurable aspect of water? Its soothing feel on the body, sound of the rain, refreshing swim in the pool or ocean on a hot day.

    What about water makes me feel alive—swimming in a large body of water. Its feels relaxing, weightless.. I feel like I am in another world. Have no troubles at all…even the sounds of the outside world get muffled (research sound in water). When I immerse myself into water, I loose the reality of what is going on in the world above me… Sunlight dancing into the water from the surface is something that cannot be experienced anywhere else but on earth.

    Water is one of the classic elements in many ancient philosophies (Buddhism, Hinduism, China, Greece)

    How does water act differently on earth and in space?

    Key properties of water that lead to its character in space…
    + H20
    + “appears colorless, although it has its own intrinsic very light blue hue”
    + “Water has been referred to as the universal solvent, and is the only real pure substance found naturally on Earth in all three states of matter”
    + cohesion and adhesion
    + “Capillary action refers to the process of water moving up a narrow tube against the force of gravity”

    +http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water

    Water is one of the classic elements in many ancient philosophies (Buddhism, Hinduism, China, Greece)




    What happens when we take water into space?

    Because of the lack of gravity
    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen06/gen06056.htm

    experiments done on water in zero gravity atmosphere
    http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/balloon/blob.htm

    want to bring the experience of water as into space. Since water is immersive, I want to convy environment into space.. in a way it is experienced here on earth
    +sounds heard in water/about (rain drops, sound of water running, waterfall, waves crushing
    +the sunlight streaming through the surface of water
    +bubbles! (created by busts of air in water)
    + feeling of rain falling
    + being submerged in a large body of water

    Feeling of rain will be absent in space.

    Inspirations- bill viloa, bjork, le reve vegas show (amazing show in Vegas done in water…acrobatics)

    Cool water drop thingy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ-AX1G0SmY
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLYhkU6tMA8 

    Experiencing water in the context of space.



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    ...in Art

    Mark Jenkins
    Drop #23
    2005



    interesting to see how artist uses nature directly as his canvas and infuses articifical life.


    Flower Installation
    Micheal Steinberg




    Hydroelectric Invert
    Amy Young
    2001



    A pseudo-waterfall sculpture made of rubber, light, motion and the booming sound of a waterfall.


    ...in Media Art

    Cave Automatic Virtural Environment (CAVE)
    Universtiy of Ill. Urbana Champange



    The cave is a room sized virtual reality space in the universtiy meant to immerse the audience physically and optically. UI is currently the worlds largest collection of immersive art.


    Char Davies
    Osomse and Ephemere
    1995, 1998



    "Osmose (1995) is an immersive virtual environment with stereoscopic 3D computer graphics, spatialised sound and real time interaction. The interface consists of a stereoscopic head-mounted display and real-time motion tracking based on breath and balance. There are nearly a dozen world-spaces in Osmose, most based on metaphorical aspects of nature. Immersants are able to journey anywhere within these worlds, as well as hover in the ambiguous transition areas.

    Ephémère (1998) is an immersive virtual environment with real-time display of 3D computer graphics and interactive 3D localised sound. The interface consists of a stereoscopic head-mounted display and real-time motion tracking based on breath and balance. Like Osmose, Ephémère's iconography is grounded in 'nature' as metaphor. In Ephémère however, Osmose's repertoire of trees, rocks and streams is extended to include body organs, arteries and bones, intended to suggest a symbolic correspondence between body and earth. Ephémère is structured into three levels: landscape, subterranean earth, and a substratum of interior body flesh."

    from www.amci.net.au


    Jill Scott
    Continental Drift
    1989



    Continental Drift compares the excavation of lanscape through the earths crust with the excavation of the human body through the diagnosis of breast cancer.


    ... in Bio Art

    Move 36
    Eduardo Kac
    2004



    Move 36 describes the move where the computer Deep Blue beat the best chess player in the world. A plant is rooted on the move 36 that uses a computer code to manipulate one if its genes

    The Eighth Day
    Eduardo Kac
    2001



    The piece brings together living transgenic life forms and a biological robot (biobot) in an environment enclosed under a clear 4 foot diameter Plexiglas dome, thus making visible what it would be like if these creatures would in fact coexist in the world at large.


    George Gessert
    Natural Selection
    1994- present



    Experiments in hybridizing irises

    ... in Film

    The World is My Country: The Sex Life of Flowers
    1982



    In this work, the viewer is asked to hang upside down while watching a film on the sex life of plants


    IMAX experience




    The IMAX experience is the ulimate immersive experience. Popular IMAX movies have included Mount Everest and The Grand Canyon.

    ...in Architecture and interior design




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