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"Vela" Pulsar in Mixed Signals exhibition

exhibition: mixed signals: Re-presenting sensory information
artefact: "vela" pulsar, 3D printed sculpture
artists / makers: katie davies and peter walters
venue: boston cyberarts, atlantic wharf, boston usa
date: february 27 - april 13

Boston Cyberarts presents its third and final exhibition in Atlantic Wharf’s dedicated art gallery with Mixed Signals,an exhibition of art that uses to technology to re-present sensory information, curated by George Fifield and Heidi Kayser. Mixed Signals presents seven artists – Rebecca Baron and Douglass Goodwin, Katie Davies and Dr. Peter Walters, Ben Houge, Georgina Lewis and Martin Wattenberg – who make art that uses technology to reinterpret sensory information in an innovative manner, making sound visible, using sound to remix visuals, and visualizing underlying patterns. On view at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston, from February 27 through April 13, the exhibition is free and open to the public. An Opening Reception for the show will take place on Friday, March 16th, from 5-8 pm.


Katie Davies and Dr. Peter Walters’ Vela, (2011) (shown above) is a sculpture created through the transformation of astrophysical data into tangible three-dimensional form. The sculpture is 3D-printed from a signal, detected by a radio telescope, which emanates from a distant star – a pulsar – located in the constellation of Vela, some 950 light years from Earth. The signal has been transformed through a process of metamorphosis that exploits audio processing, 3D modelling and rapid prototyping technologies. The resulting 3D printed sculpture is a translation of the signal from the pulsar – a 3D manifestation of the pulsar itself, and a direct translation of sound into visual representation.



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