Artists to create virtual Antarctic voyage

Two digital artists will capture a virtual representation of the Aurora Australis and its complement as they sail south this season, providing a life beyond the ship’s last Antarctic voyage.

Dr Adam Nash and Dr John McCormick have been awarded the 2019–20 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. Together they are known as Wild System, and develop mixed reality art works and installation.

“We hope to capture the experience of being on the Aurora Australis and create an immersive, affecting work,” Dr Nash said.

“We want to create a work that honours the spirit of those who have explored the world’s last great wilderness area,” Dr McCormick said.

The pair will travel to Antarctica on the Aurora Australis in January 2020 to re-create a virtual representation of the ship and those who sail on it.

They will use cutting-edge technologies, such as drones, a portable motion capture system, ambisonic recordings (full-sphere surround sound), LiDAR scanning, and still, 360 and video cameras, to map the physical aspects of the voyage.

These recordings will be joined together into playable artworks for immersive experiences at galleries and festivals, and via mobile, gaming and virtual reality technology.

The project is supported by RMIT University School of Design and Swinburne University Centre for Transformative Media Technologies.

Eliza Grey