Multi-award winning project danceroom Spectroscopy (dS), is at the frontier of Sci-Art collaborations, exploring new languages and crossovers on the interface of physics research, interactive art, education, performance, and technology. It interprets people as energy fields, allowing them to influence both graphics and sound using their movement.

Fusing 3d imaging and rigorous molecular physics, dS transforms people into energy fields and lets them wander through the nano-quantum world, where they trigger sounds and images. There’s no limit on the number of “players”, and the more they cooperate, the more engrossing it becomes. Learn more about the science of dS here

dS launched in spring 2011 with a large scale public exhibition at the Arnolfini (Bristol, UK). Since then, we’ve have installed it at the Barbican (London, UK), the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), and World Science Festival (NYC, USA).

dS and Hidden Fields, which is a performance created using dS, have won a number of awards, including 2013 Media Innovation Award for “Best Installation” and “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation”, 2012/13 University of Bristol Engagement Award, 2012 Royal Television Society Digital Innovation Award, and Honorary Mention for the Prix Ars Electronica. Full list of awards here.

The project is supported by Bristol University, EPRSC, Watershed, Arts Council England, Nvidia, and the Pervasive Media Studios.

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