Archive for the ‘Art’ category

Rochester, the Nation’s “City of Light” Continues Illuminating

February 16, 2017

MAG Installation and City lighting improvements make Rochester shine.

2015 was the International Year of Light.  In 2014, New York Photonics was encouraging IYOL events and celebrations for the coming year. Regionally, a lot of good things came out of that effort. Some of them are touched upon here.

But some things took longer to brew, like this installation by artist Jim Sanborn at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery (MAG). MAG Director, Jonathan Binstock and New York Photonics applied for a Bloomberg Arts grant to support the project in 2015, but it wasn’t awarded. That didn’t stop Binstock, though.

Kudos to Jonathan and the MAG for pulling it off at last!

Article in #RochesterDandC here.

International Year of Light Websitesanborn

UNESCO has designated an annual International Day of Light.

What will the Finger Lakes Region be doing on May 16, 2018?

In Memoriam: Our Good Friend

December 2, 2015

The Rochester Optics Community has lost a beloved member of our family.  Rick Nasca died suddenly on Tuesday night, December 2nd.  He was only 57.

Rick spent his entire career at Tropel, and was optical manufacturing / finishing technology leader.  He was passionate about optics education and devoted a great deal of time to MCC’s program on behalf of Corning, recognizing and rewarding students in the industry, and encouraging young people to pursue careers in optics.  He was past president of APOMA (American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association).

Rick leaves behind a wife and two daughters that he adored, a family and friends that will miss him dearly, as well as all of us in the optics community.

Rick’s obituary is here.

SPIE Memorialized Rick Here.

Miss you, buddy.

Richard Nasca
February 14, 1958 – December 2, 2015

Update:

Friends gathered on Friday, December 4th to celebrate his life.

Rick’s service was on Saturday, December 5 at  10:00am

 

Rochester Continues Celebrating the International Year of Light

July 21, 2015

In 2014 NYPhotonics began working on (or instigating) a number of projects for the International Year of Light in Rochester.  A broad view looks like this:IYOLRMSC

  • Rochester Museum & Science Center IYOL2015 Advisory Committee
  • OPI Company Tours in May 2015
  • Illuminations, a permanent exhibition of interactive OPI science demonstrations previewing now in the Patricia Hale Gallery at RMSC
  • Cubes: A Visual Exploration of Possibility at the Rochester Contemporary
  • A Street Light Festival (July 17 & 18)
  • “..of Light” a commissioned piece of music for Jazz Ensemble by Dave Rivello, Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music.  This piece will debut during two performances in Kilbourn Hall during the First Niagara Fringe Festival on Friday, September 18th.

We have a unique opportunity to showcase New York Photonics during the International Year of Light, and your sponsorship of  the Illuminations exhibit at the RMSC and the music debut during Fringe Festival are needed! Here is more detail on what the sponsorship opportunities look like:

1) Illuminations

First, a caveat:  The Rochester Museum and Science Center does not need our money to fund this exhibition. The exhibits were conceived and built by RMSC staff and the RMSC Technical Assistance Group (TAG) as part of the RMSC’s celebration of the International Year of Light. Previewing now in the Patricia Hale gallery at the RMSC, the Illuminations exhibition will become a permanent installation within RMSC later this year in a renovated space on the 2nd floor of the Museum.

In February, honoring the International Year of Light, the RRPC board of directors passed a resolution to adopt the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium as an international center for astronomy, multimedia and interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

We can think of no better gesture to begin this new focus on the RMSC than sponsoring the Illuminations exhibit.  With more than 375,000 visitors per year to the RMSC, sponsorship offers great exposure for NYPhotonics and its membership companies:

  • Each exhibit is an entertaining and educational experiment in physics and light
  • Your company name, logo and profile will accompany each exhibit, and where possible, associate your business with the specific photonic experiment.
  • This PERMANENT exhibition will be sponsored by NYPhotonics and its members, with specific companies sponsoring each individual exhibit

Youtube Video Here Take a close  look at the exhibitions here

2) “…. And Light” A World Premiere Celebrating the International Year of Light presented at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

We are seeking 3 contributions of $5,000 each to support this world premier.  The music has already been commissioned. What will you get for your contribution?

  • Verbal and printed recognition at the performances
  • Credited sponsorship for specific composition movements (it is in six parts)
  • VIP seating for the performances (your choice early and/or late)
  • Meet and Greet with artists, composer and musicians the night of the performance
  • A signed and framed copy of the frontispiece of sheet music from the composition, thanking you for your support of the International Year of Light
  • Exclusive CD of the performance from Eastman School of Music
  • CDs of recent ESM Jazz Department releases
  • Acknowledgement in a joint press release issued by the Eastman School of Music and NYPhotonics, the promotional name for RRPC across the globe.

Read more detail about the music, the composer and the event, here.

Call Tom Battley to secure your sponsorship or answer any questions.  585.329.4029

Feature Film Shot on iPhone5 using Moondog Labs Anamorphic Adapters

July 9, 2015

Director Sean Baker’s latest film, Tangerine, features two transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles on a hunt to find a cheating boyfriend. If that premise isn’t interesting enough to attract your interest, then consider how it was filmed: the movie had a budget of $100,000 and was filmed entirely using the iPhone 5 and New York Photonics member Moondog Labs’ $160-$175 mobile anamorphic adapter prototypes. An anamorphic adapter allows a filmmaker to convert a camera into shooting traditional 2.40:1 widescreen cinematic content.

moondog

Read more:
http://www.wired.com/2015/07/tangerine-iphone/
http://petapixel.com/2015/07/08/tangerine-is-a-magnolia-pictures-film-shot-entirely-on-the-iphone-5/

NPR reviews the movie here…

 

Artist Inadvertently Builds Hodoscope

March 6, 2015

A Hodoscope is an instrument used to determine the trajectory of charged particles. It’s built out of a three-dimensional matrix of particle detectors – either PIN diodes or Geiger tubes – arranged in such a way that particles can be traced along coincident detectors, revealing their trajectory.

Artist Inadvertently Builds Hodoscope | Hackaday.

Prague Video Mapping

December 24, 2014

Projection Mapping as Public Art

December 12, 2014