JoAnn Kuchera-Morin
Director of the Allosphere Research Laboratory, California Nanosystems Institute

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Allosphere Research Instrument/Facility

Dr JoAnn Kuchera-Morin will present the Allosphere Research Instrument/Facility that she created, designed and directs, a Digital Media Center within the California Nanosystems Institute. The Allosphere is a unique, one-of-a-kind scientific instrument that is a culmination of 24 years of Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin's creativity and research efforts in media systems and studio design. She approached the design of the Allosphere in much the same way that she composes a piece of music.

The AlloSphere Instrument brings together media artists, scientists and engineers, to embark on N-dimensional data discovery and creation in the sciences and the arts. The Allosphere, a 30-foot diameter sphere built inside a 3-story near-to-anechoic (echo free) cube, allows for synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale data sets in an environment that can simulate virtually real sensorial perception. It is a physical place designed to facilitate creativity and incubate ideas via collaboration.

Scientifically, the Allospere is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture: abstract, higher-dimensional information spaces, the worlds of the very small or very large, and the realms of the very fast or very slow, in fields ranging from nanotechnology to theoretical physics, from proteomics to cosmology, from neurophysiology to the spaces of consciousness, and from new materials to new media. Artistically, the Allosphere is an instrument for the creation and performance of avant-garde new works and the development of entirely new modes and genres of expression and forms of immersion-based entertainment, fusing future art, architecture, music, media, games, cinema, and more.


Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems, content and facilities design. She created, built, and designed the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology and is the Center Director since its inception in 1986. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California, the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. In 1999 she, along with her colleagues, established the Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology and served as Chair of the Program from 1999 to 2005.

In 2000 she began the creation, design, and development of a Digital Media Center within the California Nanosystems Institute. The culmination of her design is the Allosphere Research Laboratory, a three-story metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets. She serves as Director of the Allosphere Research Laboratory and Center.

A composer of mixed media works, she received her Ph.D. in 1984 from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her current music research is focusing on a general-purpose interface for control of digital information through natural performance gesture, and N-dimensional mapping of the time dependent Schrodinger equation, in order to create a quantum visual/aural symphony. A composer of primarily electro-acoustic works, her music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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