DataScapes project at Congress will stimulate the senses

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DataScapes project at Congress will stimulate the senses

Published on May 25 2014

The hills are alive with the sound of … proteins?

Those attending Congress 2014 will have the rare opportunity to hear music - and see images - arising out of proteins involved with our senses of seeing, touching, hearing, tasting and smelling.

This will be displayed at the Isaac Brock traffic circle facing the Schmon Tower.

The project is called DataScapes.

“It’s landscape art with a twist,” explains John Bonnett, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and project head.

“Instead of being made with physical objects, the art is made with digital objects. They’re part and parcel of a medium called Augmented Reality: 3D computer generated objects and sound.”

To get in on the action, step into the Isaac Brock traffic circle and point your phone or tablet at the QR code posted on the She Wolf sculpture.

You’ll see a floating cube hovering over the She Wolf statue and 27-foot high monoliths surrounding the circle, Bonnett says. In addition to seeing the images, you’ll hear music based on configurations arising from two sets of data: protein and text.