Project Planetaria Project talk at Center for the Humanities: April 14th at 12pm

Adam, Tara and Michael reviewed the past 2 years of work by Project Planetaria at the UCSD Center for the Humanities, in a lunch talk on April 14th.  This included discussions of the Solar Variations and Our Star Will Die Alone installations, our TDDE 131 class, and how this collaboration stimulated new directions for all of us, and plans for future projects, such as Galaxy Gardens.

FREE Sneak Preview of Our Star Will Die Alone

There will be a free sneak preview of our La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival show “Our Star Will Die Alone” on Thursday, October 3rd at 8pm, on the south patio of Galbraith Hall.  No guarantees, people.  Our main performances will be Friday & Saturday nights at 10:30pm; tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the La Jolla Playhouse webpage

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Early press for Our Star Will Die Alone


Project Planetaria’s upcoming performance “Our Star Will Die Alone” was featured in a recent article in the San Diego Reader by Chad Deal.  It spills the beans on the identity of one of the musicians for the “Death Metal Dying Star” portion: SD local rocker Bobby Bray, who’s played with The Locust and The Innerds.  Come see them tear our star apart!


Project Planetaria in the LJP Without Walls Festival

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Project Planetaria will be presenting our 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:

You can follow our creative process by clicking on the installation link in the menu above.

Notes from the 1st Deep Listening Conference

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On July 12-14th, in the impressive EMPAC center on the campus of Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, the 1st International Conference on Deep Listening was held, and I (Adam) had the unexpected pleasure to present my ongoing Physics Gestures work at it.


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Project Planetaria Student Showcase June 12th

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The Project Planetaria Class (TDDE 131) will be hosting its Student Showcase, highlighting students’ final projects, on Wednesday June 12th from 5:30-8:30pm in the Experimental Media Lab (Structural and Materials Engineering Building Room 401).  Come out and see what data can really do!

TDDE 131 Week 10: Preparation for Student Showcase

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Adam Burgasser selected to present Gestural Physics at the First International Conference on Deep Listening

Adam Burgasser will be presenting his work investigating a gestural/physical language for Physics at the 1st annual International Conference in Deep Listening, to be held at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY, July 12-14.  Adam will discuss the foundations for the gestural terms and operations he is developing, and how they may be used to educate and convey the mathematical elegance of Physics through movement.


A Physical Langauge for Physics at Audacious Speculations April 12th

Adam Burgasser will be presenting his work investigating a physical language for Physics at the Audacious Speculations in Art, Science, Activism and Entrepreneuralism next Friday, April 12th from 6-9pm at CalIT2 at UCSD.  There will be a live webcast at this page. Come early to Sixth College’s ARTifact Gallery to see associated artwork for the show (like the image below – what do you think this means?)

Neighborhood Planetarium

On May 20th we wondered the streets of North Park, an urban neighborhood in San Diego. Equipped with our sun-safe gazing-glasses, we were able to see the eerie and downright hypnotic (partial) annular eclipse.

After spending some selfish time on our own, we decided that walking to a purveyor of annular-foodstuffs (i.e. pizza) was a good choice. Along our walk we met with neighbors, pedestrians, & commuters who were themselves enjoying their Sunday afternoon stroll. Over and over again we would ask, “Want to see the eclipse?” We’d share the glasses and our neighbor would gaze at the sun. Every time, the neighbor-in-question squealed with delight.



Small children, old men, moms & dads, 30-something urbanistas: they were all transfixed by the delight, joy, and overwhelm of the eclipse.

The Moon passes between our planet and our Sun. Our neighbors and we watched in delight, and we laughed.

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