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INSTRUMENT: The Art + Science Dream Team

INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night is a Vibrant Art + Science Collaboration

07 Dec INSTRUMENT: The Art + Science Dream Team

INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night is a vibrant ongoing art + science collaboration including interactive virtual artists composers data visualization specialists science communicators designers producers educators instrument builders programmers computer scientists physicists astronomers and astrophysicists in the U.S. Chile Australia and Antarctica.  



Meet our interdisciplinary team:


Ruth West is an artist-scientist and immersive data visualization systems designer working as the principle investigator for the INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night project. Ruth is director of xREZ Art + Science Lab at the University of North Texas. An interdisciplinary researcher and creative practitioner‚ Ruth is cross-appointed in the  College of Visual Arts and Design‚ College of Information‚ College of Arts and Sciences‚ and the College of Engineering. She is the lead creator of the immersive art + science data visualization project ATLAS in silico and the pioneer of the DataRemix concept. 

Roger Malina is a space scientist and astronomer with a specialty in extreme and ultraviolet astronomy space instrumentation and optics. He is Executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press and is on the board of the International Society of Arts Sciences and Techology. Malina is a Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas and Associate Director of the School of Arts Technology and Emerging Communication.

Lifan Wang is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University. He is the director of the Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy  (CCAA) responsible for design and deployment of two robotic telescopes to Antarctica – the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR) and three Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3).

Ermir Bejo is a composer and recipient of the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He is interested in experimental music complexity and computer assisted composition. His music has been performed and commissioned by virtuoso performers and ensembles such as Ums n Jip Nova ACJW Irvine Arditti Malgorzata Walentynowicz Elizabeth McNutt Mia Detwiler Redi Llupa and Juan Sebastian Delgado among others. Since 2014 he has served as director of Youtube’s ScoreFollower channels as well as instructor of composition and instrumentation at the University of North Texas.

Andrew Blanton focuses on the combination of classical percussion new media art and creative coding to create real time sonic and visual instruments. He was the first Art-Science Research Fellow at the UT Dallas ArtSciLab and is now an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University (SJSU).

Alejandro Borsani is an artist and educator who explores the intersection of natural and artificial systems by creating videos installations sculptures custom software and electronics. His research is driven by a curiosity about physical phenomena and the exploration of emergent technologies. He is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Assistant Professor of Experimental & Foundational Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Thomas Hobohm is a programmer app designer and entrepreneur working with INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night to build parsing tools to effectively gather contextual data from online star catalog databases.

Amelia Jaycen is a science journalist and media theorist interested in the intersection of science technology energy and environment. She is author of  the award-winning profile “Mr. Universe. Lonely Hearts and Einstein in Love: The Personal Side of Science and has worked at the UNT Office of Research & Economic Development covering a variety of sciences in the lab and in the field. In 2014 she traveled to Kirkenes Norway for the Arctic Journalism Internship reporting on on science and energy in the Barents Region. Jaycen is a producer and ethnographer at xREZ Art + Science Lab where she writes about interdisciplinary practice at the intersection of arts and sciences.

Sam Johnson is a computer scientist focused on developing new technologies related to gaming audio HCI and VR. He has research interests in psychoacoustics and audiation digital audio spatilization/realism experimental sensory interfaces physical and psychological effects of VR procedural music generation and mesh smoothing. Johnson is working on INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic night to design hardware process data program data handling structures that effectively feed the interaction paradigm and develop 3D and virtual data visualization.

Jaochim Gossmann is an audio-centric media artist interested in an interdisciplinary discourse between science music and the senses. His work includes real-time spatial audio environments display design and installation production in Germany and at the University of California San Diego.

Scot Gresham-Lancaster is a composer performer instrument builder and educator whose research focuses on multi-sensory multimodal representation with a focus on sonification. Scot is an Associate Professor of Sound Design at the School of Arts Technology and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas an expert in educational technology and an early pioneer of “computer network music” and cellphone operas.

Eitan Mendelowitz is a transdisciplinary interactive artist and data scientist exploring the algorithmic creation of meaning through blending performance generative literature gameplay installation and visual arts with embodied interaction physical interfaces and artificial intelligence. Eitan is Visiting Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College.

Brian Merlo is a collaborator on the INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night project.

Jim Palfreyman is a mathematician and physicist at the University of Tasmania with research in galactic and extragalactic astronomy cosmology and high energy astrophysics. Palfreyman studies pulsing stars and is in the process of collecting petascale data from pulsing star VELA.

Seth Shafer is a composer and researcher from Southern California whose work focuses on real-time notation interactive music and algorithmic art. His compositions have been performed in Los Angeles New York Dallas London Athens Hamburg Shanghai Kraków Spoleto and Rio de Janeiro. His sound installations have been shown at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Seth holds a BM and MM from California State University Long Beach.

Mike Tarleton assists the design team with astronomy terminology physical concepts and research on contextual data including parameter selection and parsing of star catalog databases for INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night. He is interested in interdisciplinarity merging technology science and the abstract.

Zach Thomas  is a composer and media artist working within a mathematical aesthetic sabotaged by impulse and restlessness. His current projects are concerned with the use of appropriated technologies and networked performance environments. Zach works at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia and as a researcher at the xREZ Art/Science Lab. He is a director of the new music non-profit ScoreFollower.

Lingzhi Wang is an astronomer at the National Astronomy Observatory of Chinese Academy of Science (NOAC) and a research scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA) Chile who has been working on CSTAR & AST3 data reduction and photometry with the Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy (CCAA) since 2008. Wang was in charge of data reduction of CSTAR including aperture photometry and stellar variability. She received a joint PhD from Texas A&M and Beijing Normal University. Currently in Santiago Chile she works in time-domain astronomy including the study of variable stars supernovae and supernovae environments.

I-Chen Yeh is a computer scientist who has been working on immersive data projects at xREZ Art + Science Lab throughout 2016. He is a programmer working on the interaction paradigm for INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic night building the software and hardware components that allow data sound and interaction to work together


Learn more: 


Astronomers Bring Data to INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night

“Robotic Telescopes Enable Advanced Antarctic Observations

Data Processing: A Discovery Pipeline

Data Sounds: The Music of Statistics

The Data Wranglers: Cataloging the Night Sky


Stay tuned for updates!


“VELA: Pulsing Star Data in Petascale”

Data Narratives: Embedded