The foundation of Eli Joteva’s hybrid installation CryoLumen is a series of Storm Prints updated with daily storm data in Augmented Reality (AR). In collaboration with the environment, Joteva creates these photographic compositions by exposing silver gelatin paper with ephemeral cryo-sculptures to various weather conditions during local storms. The physical paper is then scanned and digitally-altered to uncover invisible elements that reveal a polarity between the material and virtual: an ice block thaws physically to release its thermal qualities in a digital landscape. Finally, the print’s flat elements take on a new dimension as an animated digital sculpture viewed in AR. The AR experience pulls near-real-time solar wind data from NOAA which alters the flows of digital particles and magnetic lines computed from solar superstorms. In this way, the project entangles the deeply personal archive of the artist’s local weather experience with the Earth’s real-time endurance of cosmic storms.
Solar Superstorms simulations by Dr. Robert F. Stein and field line calculations by Dr. Patrick J. Moran. Visualization of the coronal mass ejection is based on the magneto-hydrodynamic simulation described in Fan. Y., ApJ, 824:93, 2016. Visualization data preprocessing by the Advanced Visualization Lab, NCSA. AR assistance by Colter Wehmeier.