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Rochester Continues Celebrating the International Year of Light

July 21, 2015

In the International Year of Light it has become obvious…

Rochester needs an annual event to celebrate light.

The hub for Rochester’s celebration of light is naturally the Rochester Museum & Science Center.  The RMSC is the obvious choice for the Rochester International Center of Light, Multimedia and Astronomy.

Laser, holographic, multimedia light shows and live gaming, together with music and dance performance will draw international audiences to our city.  The New York Photonics board has resolved to support this idea with the Finger Lakes Regional Council through an RMSC funding application.

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.

 

The First Ever Photograph of Light as Both a Particle and a a Wave

March 10, 2015

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

Light simultaneously showing spatial interference and energy quantization © Fabrizio Carbone/EPFL

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.

More…

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150302/ncomms7407/full/ncomms7407.html

http://youtu.be/mlaVHxUSiNk

Light Bulb Innovation

March 9, 2015

A community-based organization called DAYLIGHT Project has introduced bulbs made from plastic water bottles to people living in informal settlements that lack electricity. The bulbs are a low-cost and environmentally-friendly innovation that are said to last seven years.

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.

Optics And The Phenomenon of the Blue Dress

February 27, 2015

What is really astounding (to anyone that has ever used Photoshop) is the viral nature of the argument about the blue dress.  Is it blue, or is it white?  The real answer of course is, “Who cares?”  But since the subject has caught the attention of millions, the scientists have to step in.  After all, IT’S OPTICS!

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, peopleacross social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe. And neither side will budge. This fight is about more than just social media—it’s about primal biology and the way human eyes and brains have evolved to see color in a sunlit world. Read more… #ROCtheYOL dress

Rochester’s International Year of Light in Motion

February 24, 2015

Did you know that the stunning lights of aurora borealis are the result of solar wind? Or that every CD and DVD player contains a tiny laser? Or that some people can trick their brains to see “impossible” colors?

Fascinating, right? It’s this fascination with light and an unquenchable interest in researching new concepts that has made the Rochester region a light, imaging and optical technologies worldwide hub.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light.

Organizations, businesses and museums around the world are planning celebrations to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and other commercial and academic partners have come together to engage the community in a variety of light-based experiences. Partners include the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, OSA-RS (Optical Society — Rochester Section), ASE Optics, Corning Tropel, IDEX Corporation, Optimax and Second Avenue Learning.

Optics and related technologies offer major benefits to our region, including interesting and well-paying careers in science, engineering and manufacturing. Globally, light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. From the Mars Rover, to Internet communication and revolutionized medicine, optics changes the way we live. We want to raise awareness about how light-based technologies directly respond to the needs of humankind.

Using the International Year of Light as a platform, many local organizations plan to generate interest in optics through hands-on applications. The RMSC plans to host special public light-based programs including “Science of Light Weekends” throughout the first half of 2015 and “Light-a-Palooza” during spring break. A full list of community events is available at RoctheYOL.com.

With zest for light technologies, we’re supporting our own future. Rochester is home to more than 50 optics- and imaging-focused businesses. These local opportunities keep Rochester on the map and our community members here.

Bennett is president of Rochester Museum & Science Center. Cook is general manager, ASE Optics, and president of OSA Rochester Section.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2015/01/24/year-light-motion-rochester/22222191/

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