This summer project involved an extensive amount of work, research and dedication. However, the completion and implementation of our Data Arena project would not have been possible if we did not have a support of several individuals. Thus, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to:
Chris Bowman - Thank you for your patience, time, effort and dedication towards this programme and making our experience an amazing one.
Holger Deuter - Thank you for travelling all the way to Sydney to impart your knowledge and experience with 3D softwares and for your kindness and patience in helping us find our way around them.
Jason Benedek - Thank you for getting all the tech-related issues sorted for us, especially with the log-out scripts.
Darren Lee - Thank you for helping us with tech-related issues and for answering all our specs-related questions at the speed of light.
Dean Walsh - Thank you for making yourself available to us even as you were sick, sharing and demonstrating your vast knowledge about the different modalities.
Blake, Bryce and Lily - The best team-mates I could ever hope for. Thanks.
Our investigation into the theme of 'Estuary' resulted in a focus on the phenomenon of the halocline, which is the interaction between the gradient of saltwater and freshwater within marine cave systems. Due to the difference in temperature as well as relative density, both bodies do not mix, creating a fascinating appearance of two distinct layers within the water column; the cloudy, denser saltwater below, and the clear freshwater on top.
Upon conducting further research into the occurrence of the halocline, we found that it often trapped microorganisms within it. These microorganisms experience an extensive growth and flourish within the halocline due to the nutrient rich content of the water. This finding was an invaluable addition to our research as it was able to supplement our definition of 'territory' and 'intruder', far from just being two converging bodies of water.
Having defined the three different interacting bodies which were also representative of Dean Walsh's three different modalities, Arthropod, Cephalopod and Siphonophore, we created a visual representation of each of them & attached Dean's motion capture data. Over a period of a fortnight, our visuals experienced various changes and revisions, as our team-based goals and objectives of this project became clearer, resulting our 360 degree work for the UTS Data Arena, ‘KATAKLYZEIN’ (named after the Greek words for 'flood' and 'submersion', as well as the origin of the English word 'cataclysm).