Art-Science in the development of ICECUBE Volumetric LED Displays

by Mark-David Hosale & Rob Allison (York University), and James Madsen (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)


A conversation between artist, scientist and engineer about visualization and colour, in the conception and development of the ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3]. The ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3] is a cubic-meter (1/1000th scale) model of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic-kilometer telescope made of ice just below the surface at the South Pole. While scientifically precise, the display uses art methodologies as an optimal means for expressing imperceptible astrophysical events as sound, light and colour in the domain of the human sensorium. The 45 minute talk will be followed by Q&A period.

Date & Time: Sunday Mar 18, 1:30pm

Location: Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, Toronto

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The ICECUBE LED Display is a cubic meter volumetric display that sits low to the ground. The base is constructed of wood and provides support for 86 acrylic rods, each with 60 LED’s, totalling over 5000 LED’s. The piece also makes sounds, which are the sonification of light events. 

Mark-David Hosale is a computational artist and composer work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (2005), International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2006), BlikOpener Festival, Delft, The Netherlands (2010), the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF2012), Toronto’s Nuit Blanche (2012), Art Souterrain, Montréal (2013), and a Collateral event at the Venice Biennale (2015). His interdisciplinary practice that is often built on collaborations with architects, scientists, and other artists in the field of computational arts, resulting in the creation of interactive and immersive installation artworks and performances that explore the boundaries between the virtual and the physical world.

James Madsen is the chair of the physics department at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and an associate director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, where he leads the education and outreach team. He has deployed five times to Antarctica, and presented science talks on five continents. He enjoys providing opportunities to participate in astrophysics research that range from one-time talks for general audiences to extended research experiences for teachers and students, including field deployments at the South Pole.

Robert Allison is a Professor at the Centre for Vision Research and in the departnemnt of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University. My main work involves basic and applied research on stereoscopic depth perception and virtual reality. I study how the brain, or a machine, can reconstruct a three-dimensional percept of the world around us from the two-dimensional images on the retinas and how we use this information to move about and interact with our environment. I am also interested in the measurement and analysis of eye movements and the applications of this technology.

Artist, Mark-David Hosale (York University, Toronto, Canada), and Physicist, James Madsen (University of Wisconsin, River-Falls, USA) have been working regularly with each other since 2012 and have realized several projects that explores the visualization and sonification of data sets collected at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Rob Allison (York University, Toronto, Canada) joined the collaboration in 2015.



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IES Webinars

Each month the IES presents a monthly live webinar with topics we believe will be beneficial to our membership and the public at large. We are excited with this new program and we hope that you will join us


Museum Lighting and Lighting for Fine Art
February 15th 12:00 PM EST
The paradox of museum lighting is that the same spectral energy used to illuminate museum displays also causes fragile materials like pigment, fabric, wood, and metal to deteriorate. This presentation will provide insight into how to utilize IES’s new Recommended Practice for Museum Lighting (RP-30-17) to deal with the conundrum of preserving light sensitive materials while providing a dynamic visitor experience. This presentation will be richly illustrated showing how to employ light so museums may be better seen, understood and experienced. Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Layers of Light Residential & Hospitality
March 15th 12:00 PM EDT
Lighting plays a critical role in fostering safety, security, and a sense of welcome to residential and hospitality projects, especially after the sun goes down. Learn how historical and psychological context can inform layered and adaptable lighting design solutions for lobbies, reception areas, restaurants, and residential living spaces that result in happier humans and more dramatic architecture. Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Design for Color and Illumination
April 19th 12:00 PM EDT
When developing a lighting design, lighting specifiers determine the lamp and fixture combination that best suits the design’s requirements based on many factors. While some considerations are largely technical, such as power consumption, the amount of light generated, and how light is distributed, one consideration is both technical and artistic and can be approached in a number of ways. Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Tunable White Controls
May 17th 12:00 PM EDT
This webinar will take participants through the different types of light spectrum control, discuss the color tuning abilities of tunable white fixtures and their design challenges and conclude with how you can reduce risk and meet your client’s sequence of operations requirements on color tuning projects.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental categories of spectrum control with LEDs.
  2. Analyze the color tuning features of tunable white fixtures.
  3. Identify challenges with tunable white.
  4. Evaluate the feasibility of meeting a sequence of operations with various fixture types.

Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

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Primary workshop: blue

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Blue, a natural indigo dye workshop
Saturday, March 10,  10 am – 4 pm
with Sigrid Blohm at Tania Love art + textiles studio
$140 + hst materials included

Blue has historically been the most popular colour in the world. Whether this is because it’s so prevalent in the sky and water around us or because it’s a difficult colour to produce, blue’s allure remains strong. This is particularly true for indigo with its myriad shades and patterning possibilities.

This will be a full day intensive workshop where the group will learn to prepare a natural indigo dye vat and have the opportunity to work with multiple vats creating patterns on washi (Japanese paper) and cotton cloth using simple shibori techniques of clamping, tying and stitching.

Sigrid Blohm is a Toronto based visual artist who works primarily with Japanese paper. Many of her visual cues and techniques come from the world of books and textiles as she employs stitching, dyeing, piecing and ‘written’ mark-making. She continues to be inspired by the built and natural environments around her and strives for a place of calm in her practise.

Sigrid has learned indigo dyeing with Mary Bower and Janet Cornfield (Shibori Blues), Harriet Boon and Yoshiko Wada. She received her BFA from Queen’s University in 1985, and works at The Japanese Paper Place as Fine Paper Specialist.

Registration limited to 10.

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Colour: what do you mean by that?

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An exhibition exploring colour as a phenomenon that crosses the boundaries of the arts and sciences.

Artists and designers revel in, and seek to understand, the visceral, physical and ephemeral qualities of colour. Sir Isaac Newton began his scientific experiments with light and prisms as ‘a very pleasing divertisement, to view the vivid and intense colours produced thereby’. His investigations ultimately changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of light and colour. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe challenged Newton's understanding as limited, and introduced colour as an emotionally charged phenomenon. He proposed an alternative methodological approach based on 'empathic observation'.

Colour: What Do You Mean By That? calls for art inspired by, or questioning scientific concepts about colour: art that encapsulates colour knowledge from multiple perspectives.

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2nd Edition of International Conferences on Clinical Oncology and Molecular Diagnostics

Euroscicon welcomes all the participants from all over the world to attend “2nd Edition of International Conferences on Clinical Oncology and Molecular Diagnostics” during June 11-13, 2018 at Dublin, Ireland. Clinical oncology 2018 which is one of the best oncology conferences aims to gather prominent educational scientists, researchers and instructors to share their experiences and ideas. As the theme of the conference "Enlightening the Future Panorama of Clinical Oncology", the major discussion points will be based on the novel advancements in clinical oncology. This cancer conference includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and Exhibitions. The significant sessions in this conference are Cancer Metastasis, Cancer Biopsy, Cancer Epigenetics, Cancer Screening, Cancer Epidemiology, Cancer Biomarkers, Oncogenomics and Radiation Oncology. The purpose of Clinical Oncology Conference is to promote interest, stimulate research, and promulgate information on all aspects of cancer science.

This Conference has CPD Credits.

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