Director, AlloSphere Research Facility
Professor of Media Arts & Technology
Professor of Music
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6065
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, (Ph.D. Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) is a composer and a researcher in immersive, multi-modal media systems content and facilities design. The culmination of her creativity and research is the AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal sphere, which is inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets. Scientifically, the AlloSphere is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture or abstract higher-dimensional information spaces from the worlds of the very small or very large and the realms of the very fast or very slow. Artistically, it is an instrument for the creation and performance of avant-garde new works and the development of new modes and genres of expression and forms of immersion-based entertainment.
Kuchera-Morin’s current research interests involve scientific and data visualization and multi-modal interactive, immersive, data representation.