Project Planetaria reviews its first 2 years

Screen shot 2014-04-27 at 11.01.34 PMThe Project Planetaria collaboration between Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser, Theatre Arts faculty Tara Knight, and Visual Arts faculty Michael Trigilio, recently gave a talk at the Center for the Humanities describing their first two years. This included a description of two major installations, Solar Variations and Our Star Will Die Alone, and the TDDE 131: Project Planetaria class held in Spring 2013.  Future plans and spinoffs from this collaboration were also described, including the New Horizons Message and Galaxy Gardens projects with Jon Lomberg and Embody Physics.

Slides from the presentation can be found at this link.

Cool Star Lab & UCSD Physics Connect with STEAM at the First STE[+a]mConnect Conference at Qualcomm

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On Friday March 28th, Dianna Cowern and Adam Burgasser from the Cool Star Lab, and UCSD Physics students Evan Grohs, Daniel Gonzalez and Neil Sapra, participated in the first STE[+a]MConnect conference held at Qualcomm.  A collaborative effort between UCSD Extension and KDR PR, this inaugural event of the STEAMConnect network featured speakers, musical and dance entertainment, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, with the aims of forging new partnerships in art and science and identifying actions to “turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms.”

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Project Planetaria to Perform at La Jolla Playhouse October 4-5

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Adam Burgasser’s science-art collaboration Project Planetaria will be presenting a new work, Our Star Will Die Alone, in two performances at the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, October 4-5 at 10:30pm. The site-specific piece will explore what it means to live the life of a star through a participatory performance, integrating data-driven elements that our rooted in our scientific understanding of stellar astrophysics. Audience members will witness the birth of our star, explore its fusion through hand-held custom electronic devices (“Project Planetaria Devices”) and listen to its chaotic, post-main sequence death throes with a heavy metal score based on stellar evolutionary calculations. Through sound, light, projection, and a death metal band, this performance will articulate the productive and destructive aspects of our primary source of light and energy.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased at Festival website: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/wowfestival/productions/star

You can follow the creative process in the production of this show here.

Undergraduate Melisa Tallis presents piece in Project Planetaria Showcase

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Undergraduate researcher Melisa Tallis probably didn’t think that in her first year at UCSD she would be producing abstract, data-driven artwork. But her piece 67 x, produced with Adriana Feketeova from the Department of Visual Arts, was one of four novel artworks presented at the TDDE 131 Final Project Showcase in June 2013.

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