DI Webinar – Mike Phillips, Plymouth

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The thing’s hollow it goes on forever and oh my God it’s full of stars!*

Fulldome is a place “where all the different kinds of truths fit together” (Vonnegut, 2006, p7). Its ability to break down disciplinary boundaries extends beyond its popularity as a vehicle for large data visualisations. It is a transdisciplinary instrument for the manifestation of (im)material, and imaginary worlds. Since the turn of the century there has been a concerted effort to liberate this infinite space from the hegemony of the STEM subjects. This spatial-temporal bubble is a polysensory anomaly that sits, for the most part, outside the usual canons of media technologies and associated art forms. A scientific instrument combined with a roller coaster, the Fulldome has a post hoc ergo propter hoc relationship with Virtual Reality, it suddenly makes sense when explained as a ‘shared’ Virtual Reality, and part of its liberation has been the convergence of production pathways and technologies which have built on XR practices.

*Clarke, A., 2001 : A Space Odyssey. Hachette Digital (2010 [1968]). pp198.


Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University, the Director of Research at i-DAT.org. His R&D orbits projects that explore the ubiquity of data ‘harvested’ from an instrumentalised world and its potential as a material for revealing things that lie outside our normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum. He manages the Immersive Vision Theatre, is a founding partner of FullDome UK and engages a ludic approach to immersive, interactive, and performative technologies. For more information see the i-DAT web site…



Figure: Hollow. Low Polygon MRI Head Scan. Hodges Redux 2021. i-DAT.org

Running Order

16.00 – Welcome by John Vines

16.05 – Talk by Mike Phillips

16.50 – Q&A

17.00 – End

* Please note that this webinar will be recorded *

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