Interstellar Collaborations: Bridging Disciplines in the Fulldome Planetarium Lecture Series

By Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory

Thursday, October 5, 2023 11:30am to 12:30pm

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  • Thursday, October 12, 2023 11:30am to 12:30pm

1819 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA #vislab
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We are introducing a fresh lecture series at Colgate University titled "Interstellar Collaborations: Bridging Disciplines in the Fulldome Planetarium." These engaging sessions will take place a few Thursdays at 11:30 am during the fall semester starting Thursday, September 21st. Discover the versatile applications of the Ho Tung Visualization Lab and other fulldome planetariums across various fields and explore how these immersive environments are influencing the evolution of media.

All lectures and presentations will be held in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab, room 401 in the Ho Science Center. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. 


Thursday, Sept. 21
An Introduction to the PhD Project
 “The Planetarium – Dispotitifs through the ages”

Exploring the Current State of the Planetarium Landscape

​Cora Braun, M.A. Media Conception & PhD Student, Europa Universität Flensburg​ & Fachhochschule Kiel

The planetarium landscape has become increasingly diverse over the past 100 years due to the influence of various media and media technologies - time to take stock. For this purpose, the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) and Society of German-Speaking Planetariums (GDP) will be systematically examined as a central research object within the framework of the dissertation project "The Planetarium – Dispositifs through the ages". Drawing on Baudry's Apparatus theory and Foucault's Dispositif concept, this research aims to systematically structure and classify the planetarium as dispositive with empirical methods. Based on this data, an overview of the different planetarium-"types" and their ratio to each other will be created. This information is relevant for a variety of areas, such as content production and distribution, planning of new facilities, distribution of hardware and software, and the general future development of the medium.

Thi​s presentation will provide an overview of the current status of the dissertation project. Cora Braun is a doctoral student at Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and is attending Colgate University as a research fellow. As part of her stay, she is visiting VisLab to gain insight into various aspects of the day-to-day work of a directional planetarium.



 Thursday, Sept. 28

Presentation of Fulldome Students Projects from Kiel University of Applied Sciences at Vis Lab
​Cora Braun, M.A. Media Conception & PhD Student, Europa Universität Flensburg & Fachhochschule Kiel

Students at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (Germany) regularly use the Mediendom (planetarium) to implement various semester projects here. This project show provides an insight into various student project works from the field of media production that were implemented in the Mediendom. The variation of projects ranges from interactive fulldome games, music visualizations, theater plays, 3D audio radio plays to research projects in the field of media reception research.


 Thursday, October 5

Multidisciplinary Uses of the Dome in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Joe Eakin, Tech Director of Ho Tung Visualization Lab, Colgate University
Ahmad Khazaee, 
Director of Creative Technologies, Engagement and Support

Colgate University leverages its planetarium for research and educational purposes, drawing faculty from diverse fields. Over the last ​fifteen years, various departments at Colgate University have utilized the planetarium for their research and teaching endeavors​. We will showcase instances and explore how the planetarium fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. 


 ​Thursday, October 12

Using the dome from the perspective of media studies – Integration of the planetarium in the curriculum at the Faculty of Media at Kiel University of Applied Sciences
​​Cora Braun, M.A. Media Conception & PhD Student, Europa Universität Flensburg & Fachhochschule Kiel

This presentation gives an insight into the many ways in which the planetarium (Mediadome) at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (Germany) is integrated into various classes and students’ projects at the Faculty of Media. Teaching includes many hands-on projects in which students’ program fulldome content using the real-time engine Digistar 6. In addition to linear and Digistar-based fulldome content, interactive gaming applications for the dome (based on Digistar 6, Unity or Unreal) have repeatedly been developed in Kiel and also been awarded by the fulldome-community.​  In addition to technical production aspects, more theory-based classes also include the dome medium itself as a research object. In addition to lectures on the history of immersive media, immersion and film theories will be applied to the object "planetarium". The 360°- dome is also used to faithfully reproduce historic immersive media technologies such as panoramic paintings and panoramic film installations, such as Circarama.




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