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Transmutation


Experimental stereoscopic 3D data visualisation short film, 2:30
Volker Kuchelmeister, 2012

In this experimental data-visualisation a transient landscape of a shoreline in Indonesia is modified based on climate data recorded between 1993 and 2011.

Changes in global average tropospheric temperature, mean sea level and atmospherical co2 concentration are mapped to the color palette, shape and stereoscopic depth.





In the weird and wonderful world of quantum mechanics, dimensional transmutation describes a phenomena which changes the state of a parameter by adding dimensions to its dimensionless condition.

This experimental film applies the principle to visualise the complex interactions between atmosphere and climate. It utilises a six-dimensional framework, comprised of regular space-time augmented with climate data collected between 1993 and 2011.

Changes in global tropospheric temperature, mean sea level and atmospherical co2 concentration are mapped onto the color palette, shape and stereoscopic depth of a video clip, depicting a low-lying shoreline in Indonesia, threatened by rising sea levels.

The film begins 'flat', but over time, with increasing co2 concentration in the atmosphere, its stereoscopic depth expands, the landscape opens up to the observer, while temperature and sea-level changes modify color and shape.


Transmutation video, 2D version,2:30. Music: Karlheinz Essl


Data sources:

Mean baseline CO2 concentration [ppm]
Source: CSRIO, Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station.

Mean Sea Level [mm]
Source: AVISO, Altimetry Satellite Data.

Global Average Tropospheric Temperatures [ÂșC]
Source: NOAA/UAH, Microwave Radiometer Satellite Data.


Screenings:

Selected for the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 2013, 3D Theatre session. San Francisco, Feb 4, 2013.

Selected for the Parallax Stereoscopic Video Art Festival 2012, CIANT | International Centre for Art and New Technologies, Prague.