WORLDS Immersive – Learning Lab

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WORLDS Immersive is a 5-minute cinematic journey from the origin of the universe, through the building blocks of nature, to explore the patterns and connections that bind us and the natural world together.

Through mesmerizing imagery and music — art and science collide to reveal a unique perspective on nature.

As forces of nature are manipulated, naturally occurring patterns reveal the underlying laws of the universe and the connection between all things. Each pattern corresponds to a natural phenomenon. Including, energy, heat, waves, light, electricity, magnetism, gravity, magnitudes and evolution.

Using state of the art motion capture technology, all imagery in WORLDS Immersive is created without the use of CGI and is true to the natural world. Projected through Melbourne Museums Learning Lab immersive projection, the incredible motion imagery and music of WORLDS Immersive encompasses the senses — creating an experience that explores and celebrates science, nature, and the universe.

About the artist

Josef Gatti is an emerging filmmaker, specializing in storytelling through new motion picture technology and innovative techniques.

WORLDS Immersive is an experience based on the forthcoming ABC arts documentary series WORLDS, which is supported by Screen Australia, the ABC, and Film Victoria, and produced by Rob Innes from Mashup Pictures.

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About the experiments


A look at energy’s ability to create change

In a petri dish, alcohol and inks are dropped into hydrocarbons. The chemical reactions create explosive reactions in the liquid. The patterns seen in these chemical reactions are like those created on the sun’s surface.


A look at the geometric nature of soundwaves

Soundwaves are visualized by directing sound waves through water and salt. The water rests in an upright facing speaker, and the salt rests on a device called a ‘chladni plate’.When the devices are activated with specific frequencies, the water and salt particles vibrate in synchronization with the soundwaves, forming geometric patterns.


A look at light’s ability to give colour and shape to things

Macro lenses and a powerful white light source is used to magnify the intricate details on a bubble surface. A large light hanging over the bubble provides us the ability to look at the bubble structure itself. The bubble acts like a swirling prism, splitting the white light into all the colours of the rainbow.


A look at electricity flowing through matter

A powerful electric current is connected through a piece of wood. The resistance provided by the wood slows the current down, causing it to burn along the path of least resistance.


A look at the attractive and repulsive ability of magnetism

A special metallic fluid called ‘ferrofluid’ becomes magnetic when inside a magnetic field. Using powerful electromagnets, the strength and direction of the magnetic fields are varied to manipulate the ferrofluid. It twists and distorts into the shape of the field, revealing the influence of magnetism in three dimensions.


A look at the way varying temperatures can change the shape of matter

A variety of salts are mixed into water, creating a supersaturated solution. First boiled, then poured over a glass plate where it begins to rapidly cool and evaporate. In this new and cooler environment, the solution begins to solidify, transforming into crystals.


A look at the way gravity distorts spacetime, and creates spiral patterns

First, a piece of fabric is stretched over a large hoop. This fabric represents spacetime. A heavy ball is dropped into the fabric, distorting it like a star distorts the space around it. Smaller ball bearings are then propelled into the fabric. They spiral around the centre mass, simulating the orbital motions of solar systems and spiral dance of galaxies. This experiment was shot under ultraviolet light to enhance the orbital motions of the ball bearings.


A look at lifeforms, the most complex form of matter we know

Beginning in the micro, we are able to look at a single celled life form using energy to replicate, grow, and explore its environment. Filmed over 3 weeks. We then move into a timelapse of a frog egg growing into a tadpole, then undergoing metamorphosis into a frog. Filmed over 2 months. The same forces driving the evolution of the single celled organism also drive the tadpole, revealing how lifeforms work in both simple and complex forms.


A look at the recurring patterns of Earth

Rare imagery, provided by NASA in 6K RAW, reveals patterns of Earth at the cosmic scale.

These experiments were conducted in a controlled environment and should not be replicated at home.


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