The aphelion is the point in which an astronomical body is furthest from its star. This project is a exploration of space and movement illuminated through projection.

The holographic orbs in this interactive installation are activated by viewers entering the space and pressing their associated button. The orbs are rotated through a series of concealed power drills. This moment of interaction references the curiosity of people throughout history peering into a telescope and witnessing the grandeur of the cosmos.

The projected imagery, created though a combination of animation and algorithmic simulations are also tied to the interaction system. The spherical motif is repeated at a multitude of scales; from the methodical discs to the frenetic particle system in the form ground. These movements parallel cosmic events on a similarly diverse scale. Particles implode and orbit around the orbs in a motion inspired by the solar system or the movement of a electron around its nucleus.

This project was only possible through the coming together of students from a diverse range of disciplines. We would like to thank Karl Partsch, Jane Wilcox, Brent Devonport, Uli Thie, Antony Nevin and Jenny Gillam for their support.