Digital Motion

The Pace Digital Gallery invites you go to with the Flow as they host a fascinating exhibit with computer animations from the ballet motions of bacteria to the Earth’s ocean currents by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Flow, curated by Francis T. Marchese, exhibits five computer animations created by visualizers working across a variety of disciplines who are concerned with the movement of matter, information, and the intersection of the two.

Their videos represent data either gathered through experiment or generated by computer simulation, that illustrate motion at a range of topographical and time scales, from minutes for bacteria to years for the Earth’s ocean currents.

Listeria Motility
Julie Theriot and Fred Soo’s video captures the ballet motions of the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, as it is propelled through a host cell’s cytoplasm, rendering paths as red, glowing, and sinuous tails.

Movement in Manhattan
In Jeff Clark’s video which explores the flow of people from approximately 34th Street to Central Park South, geolocated tweets are used to track movement of individuals. The video represents each tweet as a comet streaking across Manhattan, compressing 24 hours of tweets taken Monday, April 30, 2012 into a one minute video.

Unnamed Soundsculpture
A more orchestrated dynamism may be seen in Cedric Kiefer and Daniel Franke’s video, where the dancer’s interpretive body movements of a musical score are transmuted into an affecting sound sculpture in which thousands of beads, digitally attached to and immersing the dancer’s figure, ebb, and flow through space with every move.

Trains in Time
Kristian Kloeckl’s video tracks the flow of trains on the French National Railway Corporation’s (SNCF) high speed rail network during the course of a week. Using real-time data from imbedded sensors throughout the SNCF track network, it highlights those trains that are behind schedule, impeding the flow of thousands of passengers through the system.

Perpetual Ocean
The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio project is a visualization of the flow of tens of thousands of the Earth’s ocean currents synthesized from data gathered over a one and a half year period. Combining observational data with mathematical model, the video provides a realistic illustration of both the order and the chaos of the circulating waters that populate Earth’s ocean.

The exhibit will run through December 20 and is available for viewing Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information and to read more about each of the artists, visit the Pace Digital Gallery website.