Describing Nature Through Visual Data, Connecting Art, Culture, Science, and Technology por Jing Zhou
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“This chapter presents the motivation, background, and implementation of “Living Mandala: The Cosmic of Being 1,” an interactive graphics installation that combines real-time data, multi-cultural mandalas, scientific imagery, and cosmological symbols. Built with an open source programming language and environment, this living contemporary symbol is an exploration into uncharted territories of the human soul sculpted by our present time. Its interactive revolving graphical system visualizes our perceptions of life (microcosm) and the universe (macrocosm); our connections to ancient mythology, cosmology, and cultural heritage; and the relationships among humankind, science, technology, and nature in a globalized society. Merging rich historical, cultural, scientific imagery and symbols with real-time data and relaxing sound, this living organism alters every moment responding to the movement, color, light, sound, and temperature of its surroundings.”