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"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Neil Armstrong.

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"Beaumont Newhall described the history of photography in terms of a journey from a technique to a medium.  Renaissance perspective also made that journey.  Like these forms, the PHSCologram and the disciplines it depends upon will spread through creative works along the shifting web of fine lines defining art and technology.” 

Science in Depth, NASA Ames Visitor Center, Moffett Field, California, 1991-92

Ellen Sandor and (art)n began collaborating with scientists from NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field in 1989.  Some of the first PHSColograms with NASA included visualizing the F-16, Space Shuttle, and the Hypersonic Vehicle.  This unique collaboration, which included working with a special team comprising both men and women scientists, led to continued projects with scientists from NASA Langley, NASA Lewis, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  

 

Many of these pieces have been publicly shown in exhibitions including Science in Depth, which traveled to the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Computer Museum Boston, and NASA Ames Visitors Center Moffett Field, concluding at SIGGRAPH ’92 Chicago in which 40 PHSColograms were installed around the Electronic Visualization Lab’s VR CAVE debut.  Hudson also showed a number of these pieces at Feature Inc. in Chicago and New York that were also presented at Expo Seville ‘92.  Commissioned installations include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Jet Engine Compressor Blades

 

Jet Engine Compressor Blades, 1998

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers, Janine Fron, Fernando Orellana, Nichole Maury and Eric Ravenstein

Rich Rinehart, John Adamczyk, Mary Vickerman and Jay Horowitz, NASA Lewis, Research Center, Mark Turner, GE Aircraft Engines, Mark Celestina, NYMA

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas

30 x 40 inches

Nuclear Physics Detector

 

Nuclear Physics Detector, 1998

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Fernando Orellana, Eric Ravenstein, Nichole Maury, Stephan Meyers and Janine Fron

Craig Tull, Doug Fritz, and James Osborn, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Herb Ward, University of Texas at Austin

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas

30 x 30 inches

YAV-8B Harrier Flow Simulation

 

YAV-8B Harrier Flow Simulation, 1994

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers, Janine Fron and Craig Ahmer

Merritt Smith, Kalpana Chawla, William R. Van Dalsem, and Christine Gong, NASA Ames Research Center

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

space station freedom

 

The original concept design for Space Station Freedom. A close-up of Space Station Freedom with a Space Shuttle docked to it. The concept of Freedom is to provide a permanent human presence in space, occupied by an international crew of astronaut scientists.

Space Station Freedom, 1993

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Janine Fron, (art)n Laboratory

NASA  Langley Research Center, Virtual Photography/PHSCologram

vintage PHSCologram: computer interleaved Crosfield Cibachrome and Kodalith films mounted on plexiglas

30 x 40 inches

Signatures of Silence

 

Signatures of Silence, 1991

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers, Janine Fron and Craig Ahmer

R.G. Belie, Ph.D., D. Vaske, K. Scholz, S. Reaser, and R. Hayes, Lockheed Martin

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

(24 x 20), (30 x 30) inches

See: Virtual Sculpture: Space Remix

Turbulence: Low Pressure Surfaces with Velocity Perturbation Slices

 

The streamwise velocity perturbation u', via slices, with the low pressure surfaces shown in white. Velocity perturbation is the disturbance from the average velocity. Each velocity perturbation slice is composed of 14,000 polygons. One can clearly see how the velocity is affcted by the vortical structures. Blue indicates high positive velocity perturbation, red indicates high negative velocity perturbation.

Turbulence: Low Pressure Surfaces with Velocity Perturbation Slices, 1991

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers

Michael Bauer and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center

vintage PHSCologram: computer interleaved Crosfield Cibachrome and Kodalith films mounted on plexiglas

(24 x 20), (30 x 30) inches

Performance!, 1990

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

R.G. Belie, Ph.D., D. Vaske, K. Scholz, S. Reaser, and R. Hayes, Lockheed Martin

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

Performance!

 

Spacetime Visualization

 

Spacetime Visualization, 1990

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

Ping-Kang Hsiung, Carnegie Mellon University

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

Radar Thunderstorm

 

Radar Thunderstorm, 1990

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

Erik Pepke, Ken Johnson, Peter Ray and Steven Lang, Supercomputer Computations
Research Institute, Florida State University

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

See: Virtual Sculpture: Space Remix

MARS

Mars, 1990

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

The Viking Project Office at NASA/JPL and USGS

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

20 x 24 inches

See: Virtual Sculpture: Space Remix

 

F-18

F-18, 1990

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers, Janine Fron, and Craig Ahmer

Dr. Val Watson, Ken Gee, Yehia Rizk, Lewis Schiff, Christine Gong, Tim Sandstrom, Vee Hirsch and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

(24 x 20), (30 x 30) inches

 

F-16

 

F-16, 1989

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyersand Craig Ahmer

Dr. Val Watson, Christine Gong, Vee Hirsch and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center
Dan Sandin, Electronic Visualization Lab, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special thanks to Larry Smarr, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

20 x 24 inches

V/STOL

V/STOL, 1989

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

Dr. Val Watson, Christine Gong, Vee Hirsch and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center
Dan Sandin, Electronic Visualization Lab, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special thanks to Larry Smarr, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

 

Hypersonic Vehicle

Hypersonic Vehicle, 1989

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

Dr. Val Watson, Christine Gong, Vee Hirsch and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center
Dan Sandin, Electronic Visualization Lab, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special thanks to Larry Smarr, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

 

Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle, 1989

Ellen Sandor & (art)n: Stephan Meyers and Craig Ahmer

Dr. Val Watson, Christine Gong, Vee Hirsch and Fergus Merritt, NASA Ames Research Center
Dan Sandin, Electronic Visualization Lab, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special thanks to Larry Smarr, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virtual Photograph/PHSCologram: Cibachrome, Kodalth, Plexiglas

24 x 20 inches

 

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