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Floating Worlds

By

  • Justin Dwyer
  • GloWorm
  • Robert Jarvis
  • Andrea Rassell

Description

Floating Worlds is an interactive digital artwork. It presents messages that children ask of visiting aliens, projecting the recorded messages on helium and smoke filled bubbles.
The installation required the development of a custom-built helium-smoke bubble machine, using infrared sensors in purpose built housings, and bespoke motion-tracking software.
Workshops to prepare the projected content were undertaken, and a deep level of data organisation was required to track and project on the large scale bubbles.
The children’s messages were clearly displayed, functioning as a peaceful form of communication toward the newly arrived aliens.

Key Features

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Key Design Features:

A unique bubble system, the only one of its kind able to produce large smoke and helium filled bubbles on demand. (40 cm diameter at the rate of four per minute).

Custom software developed for tracking floating bubbles in darkness using infra red technology. This garnered direct interest from NASA artists.

Custom calibration system and projector housings to track and project on bubbles in 3 Dimensional space.

Benefits:

Floating Worlds illuminates the thoughts of children regarding species other than their own.

Children’s questions may inspire adults to examine their own beliefs and actions.

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