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08-15-2016

Clarkson University Professor's 3-D Animation Featured at Digital Arts Exhibit

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Digital Arts & Sciences Alex Lee's animation Fractals, Particles, Photos, Microwaves was featured at a Digital Arts Community of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) exhibit this summer.

Alex LeeLee participated in a panel where artists shared their individual practices and the strategies they use to explore scientific visualization in relationship to digital art.

"We talked about the tension between representing concepts objectively versus representing it connotatively and subjectively," he said.

Lee's single-channel 3-D animation evokes the language of physics, mathematics and quantum mechanics. Procedurally animated, the piece conveys concepts found in The Little Book of String Theory by Steven S. Gubser.

The flow of particles represent electrons, positrons and photons. Particles are animated visualizing what happens when an electron splits into anti-electrons during a cascade event -- an electromagnetic particle shower.

In quantum mechanical theory, a particle shower is a predictable event and suggests that an electron all by itself may have infinite charge and infinite mass, but once split, its charge and mass becomes finite. A common example of particle showers would be when cosmic rays hit earth’s atmosphere. There is a commonality between the behavior of structures in the subatomic and cosmic scales -- the unseen behavior of particles follows the mathematical pattern of recursion, and is metaphorically related to the fractal structure of cosmic background radiation.

Learn more about Fractals, Particles, Photos, Microwaves at http://science-unseen.siggraph.org/lee/ .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Alex Lee, right, and former computer science department faculty member Janice Searleman stand with Lee's animation Fractals, Particles, Photos, Microwaves at ACM SIGGRAPH.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/alee-siggraph.jpg ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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