about the project
Celestial Mechanics is a planetarium-based artwork installation that visualizes the statistics, data, and protocols of manmade aerial technologies -- a graphic display of the paths and functions of the machines hovering, flying, and drifting above our planet. The sky is filled with aircraft that transport people from place to place, perform utilitarian duties, assist in communications, enact military missions, or wander above us as debris. Celestial Mechanics combines science, statistical display, and contemporary art by presenting these mechanical patterns and behaviors as a dynamic visual experience. The artwork is intended to be viewed in a planetarium dome, and as time permits the authors, it is updated.
As you watch these clips, note that these animations are flattened Dome Originals. If you were to view the piece in a Planetarium or a Dome projector, the visual would wrap around your head enabling you to look up, back, left and right. Although Celestial Mechanics is intended to be viewed in a dome. These flat versions are only an example of the work. You have to visualize that it is flattened on the 2D screen you're using now. Visit the media page for screenshots and more videos.