I wanted to share a few 2017 Solar Eclipse VR videos with you - two were filmed here at Clemson. I love hearing the people in the background and seeing all of the embodiment - it is almost invigorating seeing yourself in a crowd in VR - isn't it? Keep in mind, the latest VR cameras will also have 360 sound. This offers more usability to the medium in that as a user you will be drawn towards the visual through aural cues.
I took this one using a Fly 360. I like this camera because it uses only one lens...a super wide angle that is, I would argue better suited for shooting an eclipse.
And this one, also filmed at Clemson, comes from the Columbia State University Coca Cola Space Science Center in Georgia.
My work on the Clemson Ghost Tour examines the classic ethical concept of Aristotelian knowing, doing, making, and how this theory of being plays out in the context of Clemson University. In the ecological sense, our being is interconnected with myriad factors in different spaces and times, all leading up to the present experience of learning and making at Clemson University. My work is especially interested in the connection between technology and learning at Clemson University. While many philosophers are skeptical of technology, the reality is that we have passed a threshold in these last thirty-sixty years through which we can never return. We are forever changed by our technological practices, for better or worse. In fact, some of these same philosophers also see the potential for technology to help us better understand our relationality to other people and things. This project uses virtual reality camera technology to try to help make these connections between different times and places in hopes of discovering a more practical episteme that better serves our present knowing-doing-making.
The Savanah River Site and Par Pond are especially interesting in that the land, like us, has been affected by technology. While some of this has certainly been negative, there are also some very hopeful findings, especially in terms of ecological resilience. Healthy ecologies, whether at the SRS, or Clemson University require study, maintenance, and care. This is why my project connects to SRS.
This project has been has been funded by a generous grant from the Clemson Humanities Hub. Additional equipment and assistance has been provided by the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies, Clemson Geopaths, the Clemson Center of Excellence, and Clemson CCIT.
Check out my intro below. You will need to view it in Google Chrome to access its VR features.
Sometimes it pays to ask. I was lucky enough to land a press pass to capture VR images for my dissertation project, the Clemson Ghost Tour using my camera of choice, the 360 FLY. I wanted to share some of what I came up with from the day's shoot. I'll be posting soon.
I know, Dave Mathews lyrics really are lame, but in the 90s, having an extra DMB ticket was an automatic date for a geek like me. Had I only gotten into here, perhaps dating wouldn't have been so tough.
Stephen Quigley is a PhD student in Clemson