Quasar 2.0

September 2012

An immersive interactive light and sound installation providing a spatial reflection of renewing and evolving life-cycles. The Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator (Q2:SI) body is conceived of an array of structural prototype elements, electronic sensors and control elements that form an intricate three-dimensional spatial experience. The light and sound events are expressions of a multilayered generative system that transport ever changing narrative structures through emerging characteristics. The installation’s life-form is computed in real-time comprising of simultaneously converging data streams: local infrared and electromagnetic fields, Muon Neutrino data streams from the Antarctic IceCube Neutrino Observatory and weather data collected at Automated Weather Stations from the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center. A local information screen provides tangible data sourcing and processing of the multiple inputs. Over time the observer will notice subtle differentiations of the evolutionary principles that are fluently transitioning and initiating a new impetus for connecting visitors with an interface of various information stratum. The aim of the exhibit is to connect the audience with systems of the universe unfolding beyond our senses, collapsing scale and time into the immediacies of the experience of ever new beginnings.

This project was made possible through collaboration with the Automatic Weather Station program of the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (NSF grant number ANT-0838834); and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School.

Sponsored by the City of Toronto for the 2012 Nuit Blanche festival, featured in the End of the World exhibition, Zone Monumental, in Nathan Phillips Square. Curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, with support from Kristine Germann, Joe Sellors, and Michelle Lun.

Creative Leads:
Mark-David Hosale (mdhosale.com)
Jean Michel Crettaz

Nuit Blanche Production Team: Vida Ash, Graham Brindle, Nicole Clouston, Faris Faraj, Matthew Fondevilla, Sine Wave, Michael Haas, Lisa Hosale, Sarah Khalid, Lex Moakler, Raveesh Nagpal, and Victor Zagabe.

Display Content Developers: Mark-David Hosale, F. Myles Sciotto, Sine Wave, Lex Moakler, and Raveesh Nagpal.

Fabrication Assistant: Nicole Clouston (nicoleclouston.com).
Q-Cast data streamer: Lex Moakler.
Parts of the web content developed by: Raveesh Nagpal.
Parts of the Electro Magnetic Field Code provided by: Didier Longueville.

Source: Mark-David Hosale.