This week's official launch of UNSW’s Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (Thursday 17 September) marks the international premiere of DomeLab, an immersive 3D, audio-visual experience initiated by UNSW Art & Design.
The MCIC aims to nurture student innovation from all disciplines, while making strong two-way connections with business. The centre was established with the support of donor Michael Crouch, Chairman of Midgeon Holdings.
DomeLab, an immersive, 6-metre wide ultra-high-resolution projection environment, will premiere with 16 art, science and technology movies curated specifically for the MCIC launch.
An Australia-first platform for innovative full-dome research, DomeLab pioneers cutting edge interactive visualisations driven by eight projectors in concert with a surround audio system. It is the highest resolution touring full-dome in the world and will be used to advance new frontiers for UNSW research in diverse areas of medical visualisation, interactive media, future museology and experimental humanities projects.
“DomeLab is a post-cinematic and aesthetically potent research environment which has its technological roots in everything from domed architecture to planetariums, projection mapping, flight simulation, and virtual reality,” says DomeLab creator, Art & Design’s Professor Sarah Kenderdine.
“In the era of digital big data, we are extending the boundaries of perception with impacts not only for researchers but also for social engagement with complex information.”
Fully transportable, DomeLab is supported by an Australia Research Council grant in collaboration with 10 other organisations and will tour internationally over the next five years.
A media preview of DomeLab will be held at 10.30am on Thursday, 17 September in the main foyer of the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, Gate 2, Building E10, UNSW Kensington campus. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.