double feature - 60 minutes
AMNH, 2013 | Duration - 25 minutes
Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration.
Come along on a journey through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colourful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold. The American Museum of Natural History’s latest space show celebrates a new age of cosmic discovery as well as its deepest mysteries.
With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.
In stunningly detailed scenes based on authentic scientific data—including a NASA probe’s breath-taking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and novel visualisations of unobservable dark matter—Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery and reveals the mysteries that have been brought to light so far.
Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.
Stories in the Stars
Produced by Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks, Museum Victoria, 2013 | Duration - 28 minutes
Stories in the Stars explores a new way of looking at the sky through the stories of the Boorong people. Indigenous stories from north-west Victoria come to life as we find out how they relate to living in the Australian bush.
European night sky stories are familiar to many people. However, the Indigenous stories of the southern skies are less well known. Although different Australian Aboriginal groups have different astronomical traditions, there are some broad similarities between many traditions. These are often very different from the astronomy that is familiar to Europeans. Indigenous Australian astronomy describes many constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes. Even constellations that can be seen from Europe appear in a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere.
Like other cultural traditions, astronomy is important not just for its own sake, but is integrated with other forms of knowledge. The changing night skies mirror seasonal patterns in the activities of animals and plants. Astronomical events could be messages about events on the ground. In many cases the landscape itself is seen as a reflection of the patterns in the night sky.
Stories in the Stars was produced by the Melbourne Planetarium in conjunction with the North-West Nations Aboriginal Corporation. The cultural rights to the traditions described in the show are held by the North-West Nations.
Coral: Rekindling Venus
Lynette Walworth, 2012 | Duration - 45 minutes
An extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life, revealing a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change
CORAL: REKINDLING VENUS is a major work for fulldome digital planetariums by acclaimed Australia artist Lynette Wallworth. An extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life, revealing a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change. Featuring the music of Hans Richter, Gurrumul Yunipingu and more.
“My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community http://coralrekindlingvenus.com/wallpaper/desktop-ws-1.jpgand a deep-felt longing to see it survive. What is apparent when you watch the film is the remarkable survival mechanisms already at play in the community of coral reefs, mechanisms that will be put to the test in the coming years. We might see ourselves as two different communities interconnected in our own survival.” - Lynette Wallworth, Director
Premiering to “audible gasps” (Huffington Post) in New York’s Hayden Planetarium Space Theatre and simultaneously in a dozen other cities around the globe this 45-minute Full Dome show keeps getting rapt and positive attention from audiences and critics alike. Winning ‘The Oscars of Dome Films’ in the Art Category at Dome Fest in late 2012, the film was invited to be part of New Frontiers at Sundance Film Festival during January 2013.
Producer John Maynard of Felix Media adds: “Lynette’s work, beyond its beauty and visionary scope has created a benchmark in full-dome work and is quickly enlivening the market with the potential of new content. Inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival New Frontier exhibition helps our film find wider audiences and helps to spread support for our endangered coral reefs”.
“Immersive cinema at its most spectacular.” - LA Times
double feature - 75 minutes
Jules Verne Voyages
Rocco Helmchen, Ralph Heinsohn and Tobias Wiethoff, 2015 | Duration - 55 minutes
Jules Verne Voyages – Three Journeys Through The Impossible is an artistic interpretation of the novels ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and its sequel ‘Around the Moon’. The project is a co-production of the three independent fulldome artists Rocco Helmchen, Ralph Heinsohn and Tobias Wiethoff and consists of three thematically connected but stylistically different episode pieces, bringing Verne’s ideas to life in full dome .
Android Jones, 2015 | Duration - 17 minutes
Acclaimed digital artist Android Jones, in partnership with FulldomeLab, presents Samskara – a stunning visual journey into the mind. Jones’ artwork is inspired by the ancient Sanskrit texts or Vedas. His two-dimensional art has been given depth, and combined with sacred geometry, to create a kaleidoscope of imagery never seen before. The soundtrack is composed by Jones’ frequent collaborator – Tipper.
“This is like being inside one of my paintings” - says Android Jones. “You’re not looking through the window at a painting, it’s like you become part of it, you’re the main character in it as it is happening all around you.”
Samskara debuted at the Fiske Fulldome Film Festival 2015 in Boulder, Colorado, where it won the Best Short Film award.
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Starlight Productions, 2012 | 67 minutes
A visual production inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, join us for a journey through Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. Featuring a mesmerising blend of live-action, graphic representation and kaleidoscopic imagery and the music of legendary Pink Floyd. Immerse yourself in 360° of music in Darwin’s first Full Dome cinema.