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mawsonshuts.com virtual tour

An interactive panoramic tour of Mawson’s Huts is now live at mawsonshuts.com. This is an immersive narrative documentary work created through my consultancy Chthonic, augmenting the important work of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. The VR tour runs on any device supporting modern web standards (e.g. desktop browsers, mobile devices) and...

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Liminal Redux

Liminal was an operatic song-cycle I conceived, wrote and created between 1996-1999, in collaboration with my friend, the composer Glenn Rogers. I had always intended it for the big screen, as a kind of follow-on for our earlier collaboration, The Horla, which was shot on 35mm film. However, the mid-1990’s...

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Colourising Stereoscopic Glass Plates with Deep Learning

13 years ago, in 2006, I was commissioned to produce a stereoscopic movie by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for their then-new ‘Islands to Ice‘ Antarctic exhibition, based upon stereoscopic glass plates taken during the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. It arose from research I was doing at the...

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Immersive Analytics, Colour and Geoscience Visualisation

Over the last few months, I’ve been wrapping up my part-time second PhD, looking forward to new challenges. The research has focussed on interactive data visualisation and immersive analytics, principally developing a suite of software tools for visualisation and analysis of geoscientific data. They’re pretty much ‘discipline agnostic’ and could...

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AAE: Digital Ghosts Project

The AAE Digital Ghosts project develops and implements novel techniques in Deep Learning (DL) in application to Antarctic Cultural Heritage. Recent developments in DL facilitate the automated colourisation and extraction (or recreation) of three-dimensional data from black and white source photographs. In concert with conventional 3D-modelling and animation techniques, these reveal...

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Deep Learning for Heritage Visualisation

Deep Learning can be employed in a variety of cultural heritage visualisation and reconstruction tasks. It is part of a family of machine learning approaches based upon the idea of ‘learning’ data representations through kernel-based algorithms that encode high dimensional abstractions in ‘deep’ or embedded artificial neural networks (ANNs). There...

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Asteroid Bennu Visualisations

  The OSIRIS_REx spacecraft has arrived at Asteroid Bennu, on an exciting sample-return mission. Some of the earliest publicly-available photographs are of sufficient resolution to enable space-enthusiasts like me to have a crack at creating a photogrammetric model – so here it is. It’s probably not terribly accurate given the...

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Mawson’s Huts VR on the EPICylinder

This image shows a portion of a 120 million pixel stereoscopic render of the photogrammetrically-reconstructed interior of Mawson’s Huts, displayed upon the EPICentre EPICylinder at UNSW. As far as I am aware, this is currently (2018) the highest resolution stereoscopic immersive display system in the world – right here in...

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Behind the Technology: Creating the Dome

  In this public lecture Peter Morse discusses the technology and work behind creating the two “Travelling Kungkarangkalpa” fulldome movies for the DomeLab 6-metre digital dome, as part of the ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’ exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, Sept 2017 – Feb 2018.

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Antarctica: Stereoscopic & Monoscopic Panoramas for VR

Note: currently VR view mode on iOS/Android may not work, due to gyro access and software issues. Desktop viewing functions as expected. I will push updates as and when available. Online VR technologies have come a long way recently, so I’m finally getting around to embedding some 360º stereoscopic and monoscopic...

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Computational Ocean (2016)

Computational Ocean is a visualisation derived from my work on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It includes global ocean data visualisations deriving from the GEBCO dataset, global Sea Surface Height Anomaly (SSHA) and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) datasets, as well as synthetic FFT-based ocean simulations. These are works-in-progress to create new and...

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DomeLab

  Pre-Viz of the ARC-funded DomeLab 4k fulldome installation at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Around 2015-6 I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at NIEA (UNSW) to set up DomeLab with Professor Sarah Kenderdine (now Director of M+, EPFL.) I was involved from...

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Tagger: An Interactive OSX Application for Data Visualization

A bit of my Ph.D. research in dataviz at the University of Tasmania – presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco (December 15-19 2014), for the Earth and Space Science Informatics Group. Summary: Abstract #6295 ‘Tagger’ – a Mac OS X Interactive Graphical Application for Data Inference...

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Y Water Centre ‘Holographic’ Display (2014)

Commissioned work by the Y Water Centre (FB), Yea, Victoria. Made for Yea Wetlands: (FB). Direction, Production, 3D & 2D Visualisation/HDR time-lapse/video & CGI/Audio by Peter Morse Storyboards & 2D Character Animation by Tony Thorne Script by Anna Housego & Peter Morse, in consultation with the Yea Wetlands Committee & Yea City...

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Phillip Law Interview (2004/2013)

Philip Law Interview – The Antarctic Landscape – 2004 from Peter Morse on Vimeo. This is part of an interview – the rest is to be restored to stereoscopic 3D. I had the great privilege of talking to Philip Law – one of the pioneers of Antarctic Science – in...

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Conversations about Paintings

My father is a painter – a landscape painter – and he has done this for most of his life (and all my life) – and, naturally, he’s had a strong impact upon the way I think about things visually. We’ve had many interesting discussions over many decades. Anyway, over...

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Sense of Place:: Cape Denison, Antarctica (2011)

Sense of Place:: Cape Denison, Antarctica from Peter Morse on Vimeo. Centrepiece: Cape Denison Triptych The centrepiece of a triptych video installation I made with Chris Henderson in 2011. WARNING: it is 33 minutes long and very slow – for a reason : it’s about looking and place and time...

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The Super 8 Epics (1977/2013)

In the late 1970’s, when I was still a kid, I really got into making Super 8 movies – and learning all about stop-motion animation and special-effects (well, in-camera ones!) My Dad borrowed various cameras for me from Mount Lawley Teachers College (now Edith Cowan University), where he was Head...

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Shipping Container Architecture inspired by Antarctic Bases

One of my great passions, having been involved in building a base in Antarctica – at Cape Dension, Commonwealth Bay – is sustainable environmentally-friendly architecture. The great lesson I learnt in this process is that it could be relatively inexpensive to construct interesting, aesthetic modular buildings using industrial and recycled...

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Dark Matter Aesthetics (2013)

Support materials for an Australia Council application ‘Dark Matter Aesthetics.’ Regrettably, it didn’t ‘get up’ – but it’s beautiful anyway. Music  Lux Aeterna by Gyorgy Ligeti.

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Ice-Free Antarctica: Visualization (2012)

A 3-minute visualisation of the ice-free regions of Antarctica commissioned by the Australian Antarctic Division for the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting XXXV. These regions are home to the terrestrial biodiversity of the Antarctic continent, but cover only 0.41% of the continental territory – the rest is ice. Of the 50850km2...

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Jangurna Story: Indigenous Astronomy – Fulldome

A 4 minute preview of the 20 minute ‘Jangurna Story’ – a fulldome movie exploring indigenous stories of the night sky around the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. This story – concerning ‘Jangurna’ (The Emu) has been told by community elder Stella Tittums to the historian Mary Ann Jebb –...

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Syn[a]: Visualizing Biometric Data from a Musical Performance

In December 2011 the Syn[a] Group, in concert with AARnet and the TSO, ran a 5 day workshop at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, where we visualised the biometric data of musical performers and transmitted this over high-bandwidth networks (AARNet) in stereoscopic 3D, creating an immersive augmented telepresence...

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Astrocinematography Road Trip (2012)

I’ve been commissioned by the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre of Carnarvon, Western Australia, to produce a fulldome program that illustrates elements of Indigenous Australian astronomy. This will feature visualizations displayed upon a looping program that runs in a walk-in/walk-out 4 metre horizontal dome at the Centre. The exhibition...

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Experiments in Astrocinematography

R&D in astrocinematography of the the southern skies, using various motion-control camera systems we’ve developed. Environmental cinematography (landscape, skyscape, seascape, celestial) and immersive imaging in remote (and often difficult) places creates specific challenges in developing hardware and software platforms to capture and create immersive content – that can be reprocessed...

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Syn[a]+ : Project Outline

Syn[a] is a group of creative people (artists/inventors/engineers/scientists) developing and experimenting with systems to visualize and sonify the biometric data of an orchestral performance over ultra-high-bandwidth networks. We have lots of experience, lots of ideas and will make new things. Needless to say, this page is in progress. See: here...

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Visualizing Pausiris @ MONA

Visualization of a 2000-year-old Egyptian Mummy – Peter Morse & Paul Bourke We first started working upon the idea of visualizing one of the Egyptian Mummies from the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA, Tasmania) collection in 2007, when I was approached by the exhibition designer for MONA, Adrian...

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SCARI – Kinect – Unity3D – OSX- Skeleton Tracking

A couple of experiments as I figure out how to get SCARI working. Basically, this involved getting the brilliant Kinect Unity3D OpenNI wrapper demo by Amir working on my Mac Pro. It was very straight-forward, following his instructions (thanks Amir!) – just need OpenNI+NITE (simple-openni for OSX is here), along...

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SCARI : Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface

A brief overview of our proposed (but under development) Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface. This is one outcome of our Geeks-in-Residence program with the Salamanca Arts Centre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. It will be tied-in to the development of the National Broadband Network, as it is potentially reliant upon...

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Oceans of Ice: biodiversity in the marine antarctic (2010)

A presentation of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML). It covers the Antarctic marine science and discoveries of CAML, a part of the global Census of Marine Life (CoML) during the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008/9 The movie was shown at the Royal Society in London, October, 2010 as...

Salamanca Arts Centre Information Interface

The three-dimensional world that we live in – the buildings, the spaces – are an information-rich interface that can be augmented with interactive digital media – across a variety of platforms from the mobile screen to the huge stereoscopic3D screen. Buildings, and the activities within them, are essentially databases that...

‘Frozen in Time’ Antarctic Fulldome

Frozen in Time: Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica. (2008) from Peter Morse on Vimeo. ‘Frozen in Time,’ was shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Friday August 6th 2010. It was showing at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of a curated program of fulldome screenings. More details : http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/films/view?film_id=109831 This is a...

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Hobart Fulldome: An Imaginary Immersive Space

A concept visualisation for a Hobart Fulldome cinema and visualisation centre, along the Hobart waterfront at Sullivan’s Cove. Two simple platonic shapes for a platonic concept – of course, I would expect architects to do much better – but it could be very simple. It could be somewhere else entirely...

Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award, Sydney Film Festival (2010)

Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award 2010, 57th Sydney Film Festival from Peter Morse on Vimeo. 2010 PETER RASMUSSEN INNOVATION AWARD WINNER The Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award, now in its second year, was awarded to Peter Morse and announced at the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival. Established by a board...

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Interview on 936 ABC Hobart

This came out of the blue – a radio interview with Michael Veitch on 936 ABC Hobart. A nice, intelligent man who asked interesting questions: hopefully a conversation that will develop. Anyway, here’s the audio: Peter Morse i-v

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Visualizing GVDem2008

Some months ago I attended a workshop held by the CEAMARC group of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), held at the Australian Antarctic Division. It provided me with a fascinating overview of the extensive activities of both CAML and CEAMARC, and opened the doors to an amazing array...

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Heritage Visualisation on iPhone

Mawson’s Huts Interactive Guide on iPhone An experimental iPhone app for heritage visualisation. Prototype implementation in conjunction with Paul Bourke. It consists of a 3D model of Mawson’s Hut (Antarctica) populated with 6 high resolution full spherical panoramic images from key positions on the exterior and interior of the hut. A...

Sea Surface Temperature & Height Anomalies Visualisation (2010)

[vimeo id=”10662251″ w=”600″ h=”340″]   Some experiments using Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Height Anomaly (SSHA) data to create visualisations of the global ocean. The emphasis is upon the Southern hemisphere, looking at ocean circulation around Antarctica. Created by Peter Morse and Ben Raymond (Australian Antarctic Division.) Images...

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MHF 2009-10 Video Blogs

During the 2009-10 Expedition I shot a series of vlogs capturing some of the main events of the season – admixed with some light polar humour. The vlog was commissioned and sponsored by Telstra International and is available on their website as well as via the MHF vimeo channel. A...

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Visualising GEBCO: A new way of seeing the global oceans (2009)

A short overview of work-in-progress visualising the GEBCO dataset (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) The visualisation involved developing a derived dataset from GEBCO in reference to WGS’84, where we have effectively ‘removed’ the entire Earth – all the continents, islands and geology above and below sea level. What remains...

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Mawson’s Huts VR Project

360º Stereoscopic Views of Mawson’s Huts (photogrammetric + 3D model reconstructions). Note: currently VR view mode on iOS/Android may not work, due to gyro access and software issues. Desktop viewing functions as expected. I will push updates as and when available. These are a few work-in-progress renders of scenes from...