Friday, November 21, 2014

camminando | My Geospatial Self: Italy, November 5-19

I have been keeping a chronological geospatial journal of my fifteen days  in Italy. Below are some of my recorded walks, which have totaled about 95 kilometers. The total of unrecorded walks is about 45km. I recorded about 915 views

Milano, November 5
Roma, November 7
Roma, November 8
Roma, November 9
Roma, November 9
Roma, November 10
Roma, November 11
Pisa, November 12
Pisa, November 13

Roma, November 14
Roma, November 16
Roma, November 17
Montecatini Terme, November 18
Firenze, November 18
Milano, November 19

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Creative Practice | Art Science Technology: Movement in Virtual Space

Framing movement in Cartesian Space

La filosofia è scritta in questo grandissimo libro che continuamente ci sta aperto innanzi a gli occhi (io dico l'universo), ma non si può intendere se prima non s'impara a intender la lingua, e conoscer i caratteri, ne' quali è scritto. Egli è scritto in lingua matematica, e i caratteri son triangoli, cerchi, ed altre figure geometriche, senza i quali mezi è impossibile a intenderne umanamente parola; senza questi è un aggirarsi vanamente per un oscuro laberinto.
Galileo Galilei - Il Saggiatore (1623)

Movement is no exception to the mathematics of the universe described by Galileo. Geometric configurations are able not only to represent but also to inspire human voluntary movement sequences —and ultimately produce "positive" cognitive states. The correlation between voluntary human movement, space and mental activity comprise the topic of the creative practice of my doctoral research at Deakin University, titled "Form Mind Body Space Time".
As component of my research methodology, an original approach to the study of movement in the space of virtual environments began being tested on November 11 and 12. The physical facilities were located at   PERCRO, the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory founded by Massimo Bergamasco and part of the Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TECIP) of the Scuola  Superiore Sant’Anna, right in Pisa, birthplace of Galileo.
The experiments involved the virtual environment of the XCAVE (based on the framework XVR developed at PERCRO and involved motion capture technologies and electroencephalography (EEG), using the 32 channel wireless G.Nautilus system from G.Tech. The PERCRO researchers involved include:

Michele Barsotti, PhD Student, EEG capture and Setup
Claudia Faita, PhD Student, Support
Alessandro Filippeschi, Postdoc, Motion Capture
Marcello Carrozzino, Ricercatore, Graphics
Emanuele Ruffaldi, Ricercatore, Graphics
Moving in a space based on combination of tori and cylinders

Movement improvisations inspired by the hypericosahedron

Testing motion sensors and wearing the EEG cap

Moving in a golden spiral from the Fibonacci series —Leonardo Fibonacci was also born in Pisa!

Finding a baseline: back to the Cartesian grid
A video clip from the "Torus Meditations" 

Friday, November 14, 2014

camminando | Pisa, Urban Places of Art & Science

Pisa is undoubtedly one of the places where architecture, art and science merge in harmony. The Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Piazza dei Miracoli transitions into the Renaissance arcades, churches and palazzi. Buildings and urban spaces create a continuum in the harmoniously proportioned scale architecture. Pisa is also birthplace of Galileo Galilei and Leonardo Fibonacci. Galileo's birth home is still visible in Borgo Stretto. Walking through these highly inspiring places on my way to PERCRO provoked several insights about the design of experiential spaces for the virtual environment site for testing movement routines.

View of Borgo Stretto, the street where Galileo was born
Palazzo Caravona, home of Scuola Normale Superiore

Views of Piazza dei Miracoli (formerly Piazza del Duomo), including:
Duomo (1064 AD), Battistero (1153), Torre Pendente (1173), and Camposanto (XII century)

Palazzo Arcivescovile (XV century)

Entering Piazza dei Cavalieri (XII century)
Palazzo della Carovana in Piazza dei Cavalieri
Palazzo dell'Orologio with Torre dei Gualandi (o Muda )

Monday, November 10, 2014

camminando | Milan, November 5

My first of a long series of nocturnal walks took place in a rainy Milan, between Medieval churches and fashion infused Renaissance palaces. The urban fabric feels like an interior space, breathing design contemporary, modern, and ancient, at every corner.

Total Walk Lemght: 10.5km