IVT (Full Dome): Although not strictly an Arch-OS installation, the IVT is a new instrument for the visualisation of the dynamic data generated by Arch-OS. The University of Plymouth’s old William Day Planetarium (built in 1967) is reborn as a 40 seat Immersive Vision Theatre (IVT), a transdisciplinary instrument for the manifestation of material, immaterial and imaginary worlds. The ‘Full Dome’ architecture now houses a powerful high-resolution projector fitted with a ‘fish eye’ lens to wrap data, models, video and images around its inner surface. The 10 speaker spatialised audio system enables the modelling of acoustic environments as well as playback through virtual speakers, ie more speakers than physically exist. The IVT is being used for a range of activities, from cross disciplinary teaching to cutting edge research in modelling and visualisation.
i-500: is the latest installation of the Arch-OS system. The i-500 is a collaborative project between Paul Thomas, Chris Malcolm and Mike Phillips who have been commissioned to produce a sustainable, integrated, interactive art work from rich flows of research and general data generated through interaction in the new Curtin University Minerals and Chemistry Precinct buildings. The i-500 project team are working in collaboration with Woods Bagot Architects, as part of the architects project team, to develop artworks for the Curtin University Minerals and Chemistry Research and Education Building. The i-500 integrates the kernel provided by the Arch-OS system.
Arch-OS: has been integrated into the fabric of the University Plymouth’s Portland Square complex. Portland Square is home to a rich mix of leading edge academic subjects [such as: bio-medical, neural-science, robotics, digital communications, interactive systems, emergent media] that map the coordinates of new knowledge for the Twenty-First Century.
i-DAT: Portland Square is also the home of i-DAT [the Institute of Digital Art and Technology].
The Arch-OS control centre is located in the i-DAT SoftLab which also provides a home for the LiquidPress and the Arch-OS residency programme [see Project section].