share your sphere

Send in a spherical panorama of a particular place on earth along with a sound file responding to the question: “What does this place mean to you?”

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 “…there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself.” Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception (Preface, 1945)

We have an open call for spherical panoramas of a place you identify as home or the place on earth you feel most connected with. We’re asking you to send in a 360 panorama to ofspheres@gmail.com of this particular area along with a soundfile that is a response to the question: “What does this place means to you?” You can answer this in anyway you like.  People have sent in memories, conversations, dreams, music and field recordings…  You can be as experimental as you like.

Inspired by the Golden Disc on board NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, Of The Spheres explores how emerging technologies can help us connect with the global situation in the second decade of the 21st century. 

Hear more about the ideas behind this project on the BBC iPlayer in a special episode for BBC Click: Of The Spheres

A video guide to making a spherical panorama:

Of The Spheres: Share Your Sphere from C H R Θ M A on Vimeo.

Making a Photo Sphere:

Spherical panoramas are made by stitching together multiple photographs.   You can explore some examples if your browser is Web GL ready: Brighton / Paris / London

To create a spherical panorama the easiest option is to use a spherical panorama app like Sphere on the iPhone or the photo sphere panorama function built into the camera on Google Nexus Android phones.

If you would like to submit photos using a camera you can simply take 40 or so photos following the steps advised in the How To film above.  The technique is simple: imagine taking photos of the interior of a sphere, with you in the middle. You need to stand in one spot, and take photos in rings by turning around.  Make sure there is overlap between each photo – the software we use can identify these common features and know they’re from the same scene.  You will also need to take photos up in the air and looking down to the ground.  

Pro Photo Sphere Tips:

It’s a good idea to stay 1-2m away from very close objects to reduce the parallax.

Marking the spot you are standing on helps you stay in the same place – even better use a tripod with a spherical panorama head like the Panosaurus.  

You can explore other techniques too – such as using a fisheye lens or one of the many 360 cameras on the market that takes a spherical panorama in one shot.

All material collected is copyright free and will be distributed under Creative Commons

360 video workshops for young people on storytelling and the land have run in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. And we are looking for funding towards an interactive site that will allow users to explore and remix these panoramas with data about the earth system and invite people to explore their creativity and the earth together.  

Here’s what Maths maverick Henry Segerman did with our spherical panorama of the Arc de Triomphe:

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Events

Inspired by Voyager 1's journey into intergalactic space, Of the Spheres explores contemporary understandings of our planet and the cosmos and the human attempt to communicate with potential extraterrestrial life. The project has spawned talks, events, texts, sensing workshops and transmedia performances: experiments in going beyond our personal spheres of experience and saying hello to the unknown.
20/3 2015

Conjunction

Brighton Beach

14/9 2014

Journey to KOI:3284.01 with Hackcircus

51.542955,-0.022108 ( The White Building, Hackney)

15/9 2013

WORKSHOP: Open Sourcing the Heart

Phoenix Gallery

Learn more about the ideas and technologies behind using bio sensors in installation and performance work.

4/9 2013

ARTIST TALK: CHRΘMA: Of the Spheres

Green Room, Phoenix Gallery

The artists will talk about the questions and research behind Of the Spheres and the open call out for publicly created content.