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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?

Churchill Downs: RIT Big Shot #31

October 5, 2015

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Cameras: Four Nikon D810 cameras
Lenses:  28/f1.8 mm
Exposure time: 30 seconds @ f/11 ISO 100

All external lighting was provided by nearly 1,800  volunteer participants using hand-held electronic flash units and flashlights. Additionally Profoto 7B and B1 electronic flash equipment was used.

The RIT Big Shot is a nighttime community photographic project that began in 1987.

The result shared above is a composite made from the files from four cameras equipped with 28mm lenses. We were excited to again try this approach to our long-standing project. A single shot capture would have required a very wide-angle lens and the magnification differences of the foreground to the  background would have been amplified in the final image from that type of a lens. Using four cameras enabled the magnification of the photograph  to be more proportional to how the scene would appear to the eye. This photograph was complex to make because of all variables, including weather, scale, size and history.

Located on the grass track were re-enactors dressed to portray jockeys and a photographer from approximately the 1900’s. Additionally located to the left of the frame is the Kentucky Derby bugler.

>>More Here<<

 

Let There Be Light

September 16, 2015

Rick Williams and KenLou Foundation had an idea.  This can be a very dangerous thing.  Creativity ensues.  Things get messy.  What emerged is going to be extraordinary, and it will be debuting Friday night in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall as part of the First Niagara Fringe Festival.

Sponsored by KenLou Foundation, Corning Incorporated, The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and made possible by one guy who connected them all: Rick Williams This is going to be one cool show and an international debut worth getting a ticket for, if you can get one.

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/let-there-be-light-and-music-and-light/Content?oid=2630627

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SPIE Student Chapter Captures IYOL Image

August 4, 2015

Students from RIT’s SPIE student chapter recently celebrated the International Year Of Light with a spontaneous audience participation event at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery during the opening of the 50th Finger Lakes Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 25th.

RIT Doctoral student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and SPIE Student Chapter president, Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse led a team of fellow students to organize audience members into “painting with light.”

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An Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation would not be possible without the National Photonics Initiative

July 23, 2015

There would be no Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation were it not for the hard work of our societies OSA and SPIE in Washington DC, and their members.  

Kudos to Alan Willner at USC for his leadership, and to Elizabeth Rogan at OSA and Eugene Arthurs at SPIE.  Without their commitment and the work of their superb staffs, the NPI would not have had the impact that it is having.

 

\WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better positionthe United States relative to global competition in this critical field.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California.

On behalf of the NPI, Steering Committee Chairman Alan Willner issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for the US photonics industry, and we congratulate the New York consortium on this win. While other countries have heavily invested in advancing their optics and photonics industries, the United States’ lead in this cutting-edge technology has dwindled. Establishing an IP-IMI in New York is a step in the right direction for our industry and will strengthen our country’s position as the world leader in transitioning photonics research to commercial markets.”

“The NPI and its supporting societies are committed to the long-term success of the IP-IMI. Since the IP-IMI selection process began in June 2014, the NPI has worked to educate the photonics community about this historic opportunity and pledged its support to whichever consortium was ultimately selected by the Department of Defense (DOD). We are prepared to help the IP-IMI, and by association work with the DOD, by leveraging the platforms, programs and resources of our scientific societies. The NPI looks forward to continuing its role as an advocate for the photonics community and continuing to serve as a private sector resource for the DOD as this project now moves from idea to reality.”

Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects light to advance robotics, manufacturing, medical imaging, next-generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more. Integrated photonics circuits incorporate multiple miniature optical structures to manipulate and control beams of light, in the same way that integrated electronic circuits control electrons, in order to encode, transmit and decode information. A major goal for the IP-IMI will be to develop low-cost, high volume, manufacturing methods to interface electronic integrated circuits with integrated photonic devices.

ABOUT THE NPI: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. For more information visit www.lightourfuture.org

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-photonics-initiative-congratulates-new-york-consortium-on-securing-integrated-photonics-institute-for-manufacturing-innovation-300117450.html

 

 

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

Interactive Light Sculpture During Rochester International Jazz Fest

June 18, 2015

CUBES: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF POSSIBILITY

Cubes uses technology developed by Alexander Green and Symmetry Labs, a San Francisco-based technology and design company founded by Alexander Green and Trip Vest. Cubes has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Esquire network, and at the Treasure Island Music Festival. Cubes is presented in Rochester in partnership with Haywood Hawks.Alexander Green will give a talk on the technology and vision behind Cubes, followed by a performance by Green and Herb Smith’s Freedom Trio. Q and A, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and reception to follow.
https://www.facebook.com/events/465577120274596/

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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alexander Green is a San Francisco based new-media artist who was raised in Rochester. His installation “Cubes” is a visually stunning, multi-dimensional work that uses custom software and LED technology. Since their emergence at Burning Man 2013, Cubes have left audiences and contemporary art lovers awestruck. Written about in The Creators Project, Gizmodo, the Huffington Post, and featured on the Discovery Channel, “Cubes” have captivated the world of tech-driven art. Alexander’s collaboration with world-famous violinist Tim Fain is the subject of an upcoming documentary broadcast worldwide on BBC and PBS entitled “Ineffable.” Alexander will be speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Creativity in June on the future of audiovisual experiences.

Sponsored in part by New York Photonics.