Sidereal Projections is a small scale immersive space where the experience of watching the night sky is re-created by multiple light sources.
In this work light is bent, effected, mixed, digitized and transformed in real time with viewer participation to create illusionistic images and sounds of a galaxy.
These effects are achieved by using commonplace analogue materials to create the images and the digital processes of framing, compressing, re-scaling to transform the images.
Directly underneath the model is a motorized rover driving back and forth along a track. A wireless camera on the rover transmits images of the model onto the surface of the dome via the computer network. Under the dome a soft pillowed environment invites viewers to lie back and watch the projected images and listen to a mix of audio files from NASA's space probes and live audio transcribed from the rover’s video signal. A joystick is also available under the dome so that the rover can be driven by the participants.
As the rover is being driven a networked printer--located in another area of the gallery-- continuously prints stills from the video signal. Over time a mound of printouts form, documenting isolated moments from the journey.