R Scuti: Creative Star Data Visualization

R Scuti: Creative Star Data Visualization

Silvia Laurentiz, Loren Paneto Bergantini, Sergio Venancio, Bruna Mayer, Miguel Alonso Carvalho, Dario Vargas, Paula Monseff Perissinotto, Clayton Policarpo
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJCICG.2021010102
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R Scuti is an audio-visual installation that proposes the transposition of astronomical data into an exhibition environment, using star observation records from AAVSO database. The collected information, which corresponds to more than a century of observations, were digitally converted to sound patterns that materialize through cymatics on a water surface. This surface receives a light focus, which reflects the moving waves and creates luminous patterns on the room's ceiling. The present text acquaints the concept, creation details, and contextualization of R Scuti in the scenario of poetic data visualization, which took shape in this project from the interdisciplinary dialogue between art, science, and technology.
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The Realidades Group1 addresses the theoretical and conceptual aspects of image production processes that belong to models of different natures. The group also produces poetic systems that question different patterns of representation. The crossing between scientific and artistic production enables interdisciplinary artworks. This article aims at documenting the creation and development of R Scuti2, authored by this group in 2019. Therefore, it demonstrates the aesthetic and critical potential of the partnership between art and science, as well as it contextualizes the topic of data visualization from a poetic perspective. The work is the first of a series entitled “When the Stars Play3”, carried out by the group.

The author-members of R Scuti are (in alphabetical order): Beatriz Murakami, Bruna Mayer, Cássia Aranha, Clayton Policarpo, Dario Vargas, Loren Bergantini, Marcus Bastos, Sergio Venancio e Silvia Laurentiz. Rodrigo G. Vieira was the collaborator astronomer.

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