InterANTARTICA is a permanent museum display that has been designed by onacloV and created by a team of artists, researchers and students from The University of Sydney.
The installation InterANTARCTICA is part of an interdisciplinary research project that provides a technological platform for the public to interact, experience and gain vital knowledge about climate change. The concept is focused on the largest ice mass on Planet Earth, Antarctica. Our motivation stems from an urgency to understand, what has been labelled humanity's greatest challenge and our greatest threat: climate change.
Entering the exhibition space, the viewer is surrounded by a three-screen video installation of the Antarctica landscape. The viewer hears Antarctic compositions, created by other viewers in real-time audio interaction. InterANTARCTICA relies on viewer-interaction, where the viewer controls and creates sound. By creating sound the viewer engages in an additional interaction by modifying a visualization. From the use of Tangible User Interface (TUI) technologies, InterANTARCTICA helps viewers understand critical scientific data through a multi-sensory experience (sound, sight, touch).
InterANTARCTICA, The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia, 2010
InterANTARCTICA, Design Lab, The University of Sydney, Australia, 2009
InterANTARCTICA, Beginning Middle End Exhibition, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, 2009
Wall C., InterANTARCTICA and Interactive Installation Environment, ICME, IEEE International Conference on Multimedia, Singapore, 2010
Wall C., & Tomitsch M., InterANTARCTICA: Making Climate Change Tangible, 8th International Conference on Arts and Humanities, published peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2009
Wall, C., & Wang, X., InterANTARCTICA: Tangible User Interface for Museum Based Interaction, The International Journal of Virtual Reality, 2009, 8(1): 17-26, 2009
Wall, C & Wang X., InterANTARCTICA: Tangible User Interface for Museum Based Interaction, 4th International Conference of Digital Media and its Application in Museum and Heritage, Shandong University of Science and Technology, peer-reviewed published conference proceedings, Qingdao, China, 2009
Wall, C., InterANTARCTICA: Augmented Reality Installation Art, VRIC09 11e Recontres Internationales de la Réalité Virtuelle, Ècole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers Laboratoire Presence & Innovation, peer-reviewed published conference proceedings, Laval, France, 2009
Wall, C. Interactive Antarctica, 7th Annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities, published peer-reviewed published conference proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2009
Wall, C., & Wang X., Interactive Antarctica: A Museum Installation based on an Augmented Reality System, Third International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment, published peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Athens Information Technology (AIT) Centre for Excellence for Research, Athens, Greece, 2008
The environment in Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent in the world. Ice cores taken from Antarctica provide a history into climate change because the ice contains records of past climate and atmospheric changes. Ice cores 'show large fluctuations in temperature and atmospheric gases stretching back over 650,000 years' . Presently, scientists are endeavouring to sample ice core dating back over 1,000,000 years. Understanding the environment in Antarctica is of global significance since the earth's environment is changing as a result of human activity .
There is scientific data indicating that sea-ice around East Antarctica has been diminishing since the 1950s by a consistently greater extent than the previous 150 years . Climatologist Jonathan T. Overpeck et al. claims that: 'Sea-level rise from melting of polar ice sheets is one of the largest potential threats of future climate change' .
In collaborating with environmental scientists, we have designed an interactive museum environment, which acts as a vehicle to display significant climate change data to a wide public audience. The installation seeks to expand knowledge through the synthesis and presentation of climate change research in an interactive museum context.
1. Australian Antarctic Division, "Human Impacts in Antarctica": (assessed April 10, 2009) aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=3436
2. Mapstone, B., "Climate Change and the Importance of Multidisciplinary Science in Antarctica", Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia, 2007, pp. 6-7.
3. Overpeck, J.T., et al, "Paleoclimatic Evidence for Future Ice-Sheet Instability and Rapid Sea-Level Rise", Science, 24 March: Vol. 311. No. 5768, 2006, pp. 1747 - 1750, p.1747.