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

March 25, 2013 in antarctica, art, mawson's huts, panoramas, photography, projects, timelapse, video by Peter Morse

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 – and meant to be projected on a huge wall.

It’s designed for a dual HD large-screen projector system; screen about 8m in width.

If you can watch this on a 50″+ TV via an Apple TV or similar set-top box – via Vimeo you will get the idea.

Large-screen projector is better. BIG is good.

It is very slow: it is about looking and a sense of place, over a period of 24hrs, in different time-streams.

Slow down from internet and TV or Hollywood movie time.

To some it will be boring, to others rewarding, there are a few surprises and all is explained in the end.

Inspired by Tarkovsky. One of my great heroes of Russian cinema. His sense of time.

At Mawson’s Huts, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

This is for the others, who were there too.

Animal and human and landscape.

Observe. (as Chris would say…)

Two other screens feature stunning Kite Aerial Photography of the environment, shot using custom KAP rigs.

The work is available for lease, purchase and exhibition – please use my contact form for details.


Technical details:

Resolution: 1 x Centrepiece @- 3840 x 1080 px, 2 x Sidepanel projections @ 1920×1080

Audio: Stereo or 5.1. surround

DARK (2012)

August 3, 2012 in data visualisation, fulldome, movies, projects, research, science, video by Peter Morse

DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe.

The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant.

But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

The movie is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant  young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers.

Alan introduces us to the idea of Dark Matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why Radio Astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery.

We explore why the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Telescope, currently under construction in remote Western Australia, will be so important in this scientific quest.

But this is only the beginning.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of Dark Matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers – cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter. These visualisations, developed by Paul Bourke, demonstrate the cutting-edge of contemporary supercomputer visualisation of massive scientific datasets and astrophysical simulation.

It sounds like Science Fiction, but it’s not. It’s the real stuff. Real Data, seen in this way for the very first time.

If, like our composer, Cathie Travers, you don’t happen to be a Computational Cosmologist, then consider her response:

“It’s mind-blowing that we have this capacity to look into the universe, it doesn’t matter whether I am processing all the relevant data in the correct intellectual manner, it is fabulously and literally wondrous to experience any kind of glimpse into an experience of the infinity beyond my own tiny speck. My memory of seeing the version some weeks back at Horizon is: total and utter pleasure and excitement witnessing the visuals, my feeling that the light generated by Paul’s beautiful visualisations is a representation of what’s happened billions of years ago…a sense that the light of other days was passing through me as the image revolves and rotates around the full-dome. It will stay with me for a very long time – and hopefully with everyone who sees the film…and that is what will encourage the population to support further research.”

Directed by Peter MorseDARK is an adventure to the very edges of contemporary cosmology and data visualisation, telling a complex scientific story with a touch of humanity – for an intelligent audience.

We hope you enjoy DARK

Update: The movie previews to our select audience on August 28th at Horizon Planetarium, Scitech, Perth, Western Australia on August 28th 2012. Public release shortly thereafter, details to be announced.

Production details: 4k Fulldome resolution (4096 x 4096 px); 5.1 surround sound audio. Duration: 20 minutes.

Production Credits:

Directed by Peter Morse
Produced by Peter Morse & Paul Bourke
Written by Alan Duffy & Peter Morse
Presented by Alan Duffy
Dark Matter Simulations: Alan Duffy and Robert Crain

Dark Matter Visualisations: Paul Bourke

Music: Cathie Travers

Audio: Peter Morse & Trevor Hilton

Lighting: Peter Morse & Ákos Brúz & John Doyle

Fulldome Timelapse: Peter Morse & Chris Henderson

Digital Sky Milky Way Animation: Carley Tillett

Galaxy Animation: Paul Bourke

Editing, 3D Modelling and Computer Animation, Compositing & Special Effects, Colour Grade: Peter Morse

LadyBug-3 Video: Paul Bourke, Peter Morse

Parkes Panorama courtesy of Alex Cherney

Galaxy Images courtesy of Hubble, STScI, NASA

Milky Way Panorama courtesy ESO/S.Brunier

Compute & Network Support: Jason Tan, Ashley Chew, Khanh Li (iVEC@UWA)

Special thanks to:

Paul Ricketts, Centre for Learning Technology, UWAThomas Braunl, UWA Centre for Intelligent Information Processing SystemsJohn Doyle, Octagon Theatre, UWA

Andreas Wicenec, ICRAR

Sally Hildred, Martina Smith

Funded by iVEC@UWA and Scitech

©2012 iVEC@UWA & Peter Morse




Ice-Free Antarctica: Visualization (2012)

June 10, 2012 in antarctica, projects, research, science, video by Peter Morse

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 that is ice-free, only 5970km2 lies within 5km of the coast – or 0.05%. As a proportion of land, spread across a vast continent, separated by impenetrable regions of ice, it is almost impossible for us to grasp in our imagination.

Understanding the extremely rarity of these regions is key to understanding the potential for adverse human impacts in these unique areas of the world and the importance of their continued study.

Heritage Visualisation on iPhone

April 11, 2010 in antarctica, data visualisation, experiments, mawson's huts, panoramas, photography, research, video by Peter Morse

Mawson’s Huts Interactive Guide on iPhone


An experimental iPhone app for heritage visualisation.

A simple two-digit navigation system is demonstrated for interactive realtime walkthrough of Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica, using the Unity game engine.

Users can explore the interior and exterior of Mawson’s Huts and a variety of fully-spherical high-resolution photographic panoramas documenting the site. An audio soundtrack accompanies the visualisation as it is explored.

This demo application was available through the Apple iTunes store – but is currently withdrawn for further development for the iPad platform.

Further information can be found here.

Antarctic Clouds (2010) HD

April 9, 2010 in antarctica, projects, timelapse, video by Peter Morse

HD Timelapse cloud sequences from Cape Denison, Antarctica.

We often forget to look above ourselves towards the sky.

This is a movie about doing that – in Antarctica – at one of the most remote places upon the Earth: Cape Denison.

It’s an idea in collaboration: Chris and I had an idea about timelapse – he thought about the skies; Glenn composed and played the music; I brought the elements together.

I hope you enjoy it – an evening spent editing, but there is much more behind it – like getting to Antarctica in the first place.

Many thanks to the Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF), the Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

Sea Surface Temperature & Height Anomalies Visualisation (2010)

April 6, 2010 in data visualisation, research, video by Peter Morse


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 are derived from satellite data

MHF 2009-10 Video Blogs

February 1, 2010 in adventures, antarctica, fulldome, mawson's huts, projects, video by Peter Morse

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 complete edition is shown here. Durations vary from 4mins to nearly 12 mins as we established that transmission by BGAN was both practical and reasonably cost-effective from the Sørensen Base.

Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition 2009-10 – Videoblog Chapter 1 from Mawson’s Huts Foundation on Vimeo.

The journey down, first view of the pack ice and the area around Cape Denison.


Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition 2009-10 – Videoblog Chapter 2 from Mawson’s Huts Foundation on Vimeo.

Life begins at Cape Denison, the raising of the wind generator, a visit from the crew of the Sea Shepherd’s “Steve Irwin”, some helicopter based footage of the landscape around Cape Denison, and a trip on the “Steve Irwin”.


Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition 2009-10 – Videoblog Chapter 3 from Mawson’s Huts Foundation on Vimeo.

Flying the stereoscopic kit, a look at conservation of metal objects, finding the remains of the air tractor, a blizzard and full dome filming.


Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition 2009-10 – Videoblog Chapter 4 from Mawson’s Huts Foundation on Vimeo.

The mysteries of the Hurley Dolly, more full dome and time-lapse filming, life in a polar pyramid tent, a visit by the Orion, a further look at conservation and the air tractor, and a sneak preview!


Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition 2009-10 – Videoblog Chapter 5 from Mawson’s Huts Foundation on Vimeo.
Birth of an iceberg, a look at the Magnetograph Hut, excavation of Mawson’s Workshop, exploring Frank Hurley’s darkroom, another mystery about the Air Tractor,
departure preparations, measuring the weather, and a final view.

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

September 10, 2009 in art, benthos, data visualisation, projects, research, science, video by Peter Morse

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 is the ocean – a global ocean that reveals its encompassing interconnectedness.

This remarkable view enables us to perceive the complex shape of the sea – and reflects upon our deeply terrestrial view of this volumetric world – which makes up 99% of the living space on the planet.

The model is derived from current high-resolution satellite data, enabling a variety of visualisation techniques to be explored, including 3D rapid prototyping – enabling you to hold the oceans in your hands.

More details can be found here:

Special thanks to:

My collaborator Paul Bourke at the Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP, University of Western Australia);

The  Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Synapse Residency and Australia Council for the Arts and to: Martin Riddle, Steve Nicols and Ben Raymond and other colleagues at the Australian Antarctic Division; Vicki Wadley at CAML

Last, and most, GEBCO and colleagues – thank you for your assiduous data – a major intellectual and observational achievement for humanity.

GEBCO fulldome visualisation

GEBCO fulldome visualisation

Life Under The Ice – Understanding the Ice Oceans

July 20, 2009 in antarctica, research, video by Peter Morse

CAML / ArcOD Video: Promotional science video and data visualisation for Census of Antarctic Marine Life and Arctic Ocean Diversity Project programs running concurrently until 2010. In concert with the IPY and Census of Marine Life (CoML).

Earth Data resources are derived from NASA and the NSIDC.

Script by Victoria Wadley, Michael Stoddart and Peter Morse.

Music by Thomas Kayser.

DNA Animations by Drew Berry (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).