ATLAS in silico is an immersive environment resulting from an art-science collaboration. It provides an aesthetic encounter with the entire first release of 17.4 million sequences from the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS) metagenomics data set in an interactive installation blending virtual reality‚ spatialized audio‚ procedural graphics‚ and full-body interaction.
Participants animate the virtual world as a driving force by disrupting data flows, much like natural ocean currents, revealing internal patterns within the data and contextual metadata. Interacting with dynamic patterns of light and sound visitors move between molecular scale data to global scales and back again in a multi-scale, multi-modal experience. The dream-like visual and sonic microworld is created by combining artistic approaches with data-driven strategies.
Creating ATLAS in silico drove the development of several novel approaches for working with large scale high-dimensional data: Scalable Metadata Environments, Scalable Auditory Data Signatures and Meta-Shape Grammars. Learn more at: atlasinsilico.net
ATLAS in silico is in part supported by: National Science Foundation, UCSD Calit2, CAMERA, Da-Lite Screen Corporation, VRCO / Mechdyne, UCSD CRCA, Ingenuity Festival, Meyer Sound, Mental Images, UCLA CENS, UCSD SDSC, UCSD NCMIR, and the NAFKI Conference.