Electronic Art and Intermedia New Forms of Research and Creative Activity

Brian O’Shea

Time and Location: Thursday March 31, 10:00-11:00 at Union Second Floor, Parler C

Title:  ‘Art, Astronomy, and Aesthetics’


Art and astronomy have always been closely related, and in many ways have grown closer in the modern era.  The visualization of astronomical data, from observation and from simulations, produces informative and aesthetically pleasing images that can be appreciated on many levels.  I will discuss some of my experiences collaborating with digital artists to produce animations and still images for public consumption, and the value that such collaborations have for both the art and science communities.

Brian O’Shea is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, with a joint appointment in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also a member of the joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, the Institute for Cyber-Enabled research, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation.

O’Shea is a computational astrophysicist with research involving numerical simulations of cosmological structure formation, including Population III stars, galaxy clusters, and galactic chemical evolution. His tool of choice is the Enzo AMR code and its accompanying analysis and visualization package, yt.

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