New visuals for Jupiter

(Significantly more energy is produced inside the atmosphere of Jupiter, which is very active, than received from the Sun. Due to this and the distance between them, it is logical to assume that the Sun is not visible while being on Jupiter).


Visuals for Venus

Venus is described by scientists as a hell-ish planet with very high temperatures and pressure. There are also lightnings. It is the planet with the most volcanoes in the solar system (most of which are inactive).


An additional proposal for the Solar System

After the images were created and motion pieces were made using them, the thought of an additional proposal was born: to present the visual material in the form of a relatively large-scale video installation.

According to this proposal, the installation would include small white rooms,one for each planet, with a single projection. The projection would be of the motion piece for the specific planet, playing in loop, with sound. The room would be white and deprived of any decorative detail, thus not distracting the viewer and enabling him/her to focus on the material be mentally ‘transferred’ to the environment of the planet. Besides the rooms, a bigger central area would exist, with an installation about the Sun. This would be done by a fine artist, therefore the overall project would be a collaboration.

An interesting variation of this would be to include motion-sensing technology. When a viewer would walk in a direction, the video would navigate in the same direction, thus enabling him/her to explore the environment. This would use the material that was initially designed for applications (it has been created in high resolution) and is actually very similar in functionality, except it takes place in physical space and the viewer uses his own self instead of his finger to navigate.

An alternative way to present the video installation, is to create a virtual exhibition in a web environment.

It is important to note that these proposals do not exclude one another. The combined result of a video installation and interactive applications would be more interesting and would connect a customised/individual experience with a public one.


I have had to make a difficult decision regarding the audio aspect of the motion pieces for Mars, Venus and Jupiter which are to be used as the basis to create the applications.

There were two choices: (a) to use natural sounds (e.g. wind for Mars, as it is a windy planet), (b) to propose to George Georgiou Vasiliades, who is a close friend and an excellent music artist, to collaborate and use his music (which you can listen to at this link).

To make up my mind, I tried both choices. I had some music by the artist because of a past collaboration, so I decided to try this unofficially. However, I will not upload anything without his permission. It was just an experiment to see whether my visuals and his music would work well together.

And they do. Too well actually.. The beautiful ambient music greatly enhances the ‘poetic’ nature of these visuals and the result is much stronger than without the music. BUT the result feels complete as it is, as a motion piece. I need to create environments to base applications on. With the music, the ‘poetic’ nature is becomes overpowering and if anything was added to this (interactivity), it would detract from the result rather than enhance it. I really like the result, but it feels a different project: ambient, poetic motion pieces.

Regarding the other option, so far I have tried adding the windy sounds to the Mars environment. I believe it works well. It doesn’t have the same instant impact as it would with beautiful music, but it feels more like an environment and less than a motion piece.

Venus gets a new atmosphere

I then realised that the second image needed more editing for the sake of the motion piece, even though I liked it more the way it was before.

New visuals for Mars

I had to do further processing to the ‘atmosphere’ of the second one. I am quite happy with the last one because it looks like a sandstorm, which is one of the main features of Mars.

UPDATE: The second one has been changed again and a new image has been added, to create better transitions between the images in the motion piece. The resulting two new images may not look great as still images but work well within the motion piece, making it look more like a sandstorm.

Landscape format _Mars gets a new atmosphere

I need to adjust / re-create the artwork in landscape format. Specifically, it should be 1920 pixels in width and 960 in height. This estimate was done having in mind the pixel count of the iPhone 4 (640 pixels x 960 pixels).

I started by creating images for the atmosphere of Mars, which will be used to form a motion piece. It is very likely that these will need to be re-edited when it comes to the motion piece itself, to ensure interesting transitions from one to the other.

Actually, I can already see that their is not enough difference in the shapes between the first image and the second. There is no reason not to address this now. Below is a new version of the second image. I don’t like it as much as a still image, but it will work better in the motion piece.