Sensory Science Events
HIV Capsid couscous Project
This is a 3D model making workshop with our artist in residence, Erica. The workshop explores how to build a high resolution model of the HIV Capsid molecule without a 3D printer, just using chicken wire and couscous.
HIV Capsid data projection Project
This HIV Capsid data projection project brings multi-sensory science to a whole new level. Here our artist in residence, Erica has collaborated with Dr Stuart Favilla from the School of Design at Swinburne University to create a video of viral mutation projections dancing on the surface of a giant HIV capsid sculpture.
The sculpture stands at approximately 1.6 metres high and 1.5 metres at its widest point, big enough for a teenager and a cat to climb inside! Created with cardboard hexagonal shapes and smothered in millions of tiny foam balls, the life size HIV Capsid sculpture becomes a three-dimensional projection screen displaying computerised viral mutating lifeforms.
Watching the HIV Capsid dance in time to the music brings with it the effect of ‘cortical completion’, where the data movements seemingly dance in time to the driving beat. In rhythmical syncopation, music becomes the dominant sensory channel. During those moments and gestures, identifiable features in sound become ‘attention grabbing’ and the mesmerising (confusing and unidentifiable) visuals then suddenly synchronise and take form in the brain, creating a whole new sensory realm of visual and aural perceptions.