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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Design and Science: The Allosphere

Another way of displaying data and constructing alternative environments, the allosphere.

" ... The Allosphere Research Facility is a 3-story high spherical space in which fully immersive, interactive, stereoscopic/pluriphonic virtual environments can be experienced. Housed in the California Nanosystems Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Allosphere enables works in which art and science contribute equally and serves as an advanced research instrument in two overlapping senses.

Scientifically, it is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture: abstract, higher-dimensional information spaces, the worlds of the very small or very large, the very fast or very slow, from nanotechnology to theoretical physics, from proteomics to cosmology, from neurophysiology to the spaces of consciousness, from new materials to new media ... "

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