Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger, Torsten Belschner: »Globorama« [2005-07]

Interactive installation and research project

Opening: Fr 09/28/07, 6 pm, ZKM_Media Theater
Presentation: 09/29 - 10/21/07, ZKM_Media Theater


Project description | Credits | Authors

c) Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger

Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger, Torsten Belschner: »Globorama« [2005-07]

The festival will open on 28 September 2007 with the interactive installation »Globorama« by Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger and Torsten Belschner, a research project conducted in co-operation with the University of Konstanz.

Using innovative representational forms of satellite images, »Globorama« investigates new navigable information space: Surrounded by 360°-satellite images of the earth, visitors can travel the entire globe with a laser pointer and at selected points submerge in panoramic photos of the respective location.

In collaboration with the University of Konstanz, a special mode of representation  was developed based on the transformation of image data by means of a complex logarithm. Applied in real-time to satellite images, this process enables the seamless traversal of complex pictorial information in both close-up and panoramic views.

With the laser pointer, the users can explore the earth in 'free flight' or display a small format survey map to select a specific place they would like to visit by means of the 'auto pilot'-function. Another option for the users is to return to the starting point of their voyages, i.e. to the respective venue the installation is presented at.
    The lower the user traverses across the world of satellite images, the more information is being displayed: place names become visible, as do icons standing for panoramic photographs of individual locations, and, in addition, web cams, which, upon selection by the user, display current images from their respective location.

»Globorama« is a new model for the real-time presentation of and interaction with geocoded image and text data in a panoramic environment, opening new possibilities for the combination, presentation and navigation of information.



Concept: Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger, Torsten Belschner

Visual concept and realization: Bernd Lintermann, Joachim Böttger, Martin Preiser, Nikolaus Völzow

Audio concept and realization: Torsten Belschner, dataphonic audio solutions, Freiburg

Interaction design and realization [laser pointer interaction]:
Werner A. König, Hans-Joachim Bieg, Toni Schmidt, Prof. Dr. H. Reiterer
Project inteHRDis, Human-Computer-Interaction Group, University of Konstanz

ZKM | Institute for Visual
Project direction: Bernd Lintermann
Realization: Jan Gerigk, Arne Graesser, Manfred Hauffen, Petra Kaiser, Silke Sutter, Joachim Tesch, Christina Zartmann

The PanoramaScreen is based on Jeffrey Shaw’s interactive panoramic cinema research.
The PanoramaScreen was jointly developed by the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe [D] and the UNSW iCinema Research Centre, Sydney [AUS].
Screen manufacturing: Huib Nelissen Decor en Constructiewerken, Haarlem [NL].

Panorama Display Software:
Concept and development: Bernd Lintermann, ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

This research project was realized as part of the research association »Information at your fingertips - Interactive Visualization for Gigapixel Displays« and the DFG-graduate program »Explorative Analysis and Visualization of Large Information Spaces« at Konstanz University
funded through the Information Technology Funding Program of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg [BW-FIT].

Project partners:
Institute for Visual Media, ZKM | Karlsruhe
Computer Graphics and Media Design Group, University of Konstanz
Human-Computer-Interaction Group, University of Konstanz

Special thanks to: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.
Sponsoring: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, Obersulm
The project shows image material form the World Wide Panorama Project.


About the authors:

Bernd Lintermann
is working as both artist and scientist in the field of real-time computer graphics with a special focus on interactive and generative systems. The results of his research are applied in various different contexts in the sciences, the arts and in the commercial sector. His work includes computer generated images, interactive installations and projection environments.

Bernd Lintermann’s work is presented worldwide in museums and as part of festivals, including presentations at the ICC InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, ISEA, DEAF and the Ars Electronica Festival.
He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Bill Viola, Peter Weibel and Jeffrey Shaw, and has created works for the CAVE™ environment as well as for dome-shaped and panoramic projection environments. In addition, he has published numerous scientific papers, inlcuding contributions to the SIGGRAPH conference.
He is co-founder of the company »greenworks« that develops further his software »xfrog«. »xfrog« is software for the procedural modeling and animation of organic objects, which is used by companies from the entertainment industry, such as Electronic Arts, Lucas Digital and Digital Domain.
Since 2005, Bernd Lintermann is head of the Institute for Visual Media at the ZKM | Karlsruhe and since 2006 Professor at the State Academy of Design [HfG] in Karslruhe, Germany.

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Joachim Böttger
Following his studies in Computer Visualistics at Magdeburg University, Joachim Böttger is currently pursuing his PhD in the PhD graduate program »Explorative Analysis and Visualization of Large Information Spaces« in the working group »Computer Graphics and Media Design« at Konstanz University. The focus of his research is the visualization of very small details in highly complex contexts, such as geographical data or software packages.
Projects Joachim Böttger worked on include the art project »Ultima Ratio« by Daniela Alina Plewe, an interactive installation illustrating decision-making processes. As a member of »House_n«, a research group at the MIT, he worked on new methods for the visual provision of information on every-day life in architectural environments. Another field of his research is the area of synthetic holography.

Torsten Belschner
is a sound designer and composer working at the intersection of music and software, developing interactive sound installations with complex data streams in multi-channel environments. He is internationally known for his audio concept for the Bertelsmann Pavilion »Planet.m« at the Expo 2000 Hanover, for his audio environment for the interactive installation »Room With a View« at the Skoda Pavillion of the VW Autostadt Wolfsburg or for the project »Web of Life«.

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