Human Movement: Translating Data Into Artfellowship
Musician and scientist Domenico Vicinanza has worked with organisations such as CERN and NASA creating music from scientific data. Always fascinated
by how music and science are in a continuous quest for harmony, he was one of the
pioneers of data sonification for scientific and artistic purposes. Since
the end of 1990s he has supported scientists in different fields, from hydrobiology
to cosmology, from earth science to particle physics providing, through sound,
different perspectives to their data.
For his fellowship Domenico will be exploring research into movement coordination and changes in movement patterns during learning and over our lifespan. Based at our St Luke's campus, he will work with Dr Genevieve Williams and Julie Lewis-Thompson who are currently part of the team at VSimulators. VSimulators is a collaborative joint venture between the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Leicester, to develop facilities for multi-disciplinary research in human factors engineering, supported by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) £4.8 million infrastructure grant. Located at Exeter Science Park, the University of Exeter VSimulators facility can recreate any environment either physically or virtually, immersing up to nine research volunteers in a simultaneous experience.
Domenico will explore data from this
unique human-structure interaction, in order to create an engaging creative representation of its science using sound. This will seek to widen public engagement in the
VSimulators project and human factors research, and create an enduring legacy
of practice in this science field.
Domenico says 'This fellowship is a wonderful chance to continue exploring the relationship between music and science with the exceptional opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of experts and using a unique facility like VSimulators. This project collaboration aims to create music that will inherit the complexity, structures and unique properties of this unique infrastructure and its interactions with human movements. Working in synergy with the team of engineers and human movement scientists, this fellowship will continuously provide new perspectives into data and new opportunities for public engagement.'
Dr Genevieve Williams says ' The project will be enhanced through the perspective of a different lens. What are the creative outputs from such an experiment? How we can understand how sound, which is of course vibration, can be used to convey information about our vibrating platform? Can we learn about our platform from the creation and synthesis of sound?'
The below film is of LHChamber Music, an experimental piece and an "experimental" ensemble for the 60th CERN Anniversary which Domenico was involved in. It is based on the sonification of the data recorded by the 4 detectors (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb) during the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run 2010-2013. Music by Domenico Vicinanza, performed in the four experimental caverns and in the CERN Control Centre (CCC) by physicists and engineers working at CERN. LHChamber Music (CERN Commission): Music from Large Hadron Collider, played by CERN physicists.