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Immersive Technologies Seminar Series: Locus Amoenus: Place of Delight

February 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on February 15th for a talk with John Power about his project, Locus Amoenus: Place of Delight, in the Visualization and Emerging Media Studio (COM 107) at UBC Okanagan.

Locus Amoenus (Place of Delight) is a real-time generative ambient audio-visual installation that fosters calm, focus, attention restoration, and public place-making in a public hospital lounge. The work is installed in the ground floor of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Parkville, Victoria.

The installation was conceived to foster attention, calm, focus, and place-making for the general public. The large screen depicts a naturalistic landscape that is sometimes roving, sometimes resting, and perpetually animated. This real-time audio-visual artwork represents the local weather (driven by actual real-time data) and the natural passage of diurnal light from a virtual sun that is synchronized to the geolocation of the hospital site. The project was developed as a real-time generative artwork to create an endless variation on an overall aesthetic scheme.

The installation was acquired to enhance the aesthetic character of the lounge area and provide amenities for diverse use and occupation; for those who wished to meet, rest, and dwell in the space.

This talk is free and open to all, registration is not required.

The Immersive Technologies Seminar Series is a collaboration between CITech and the Media Studies program, and is organized by NSERC CREATE in Immersive Technologies (CITech), a highly multidisciplinary graduate training program at UBC focusing on skills development and collaborative research to design immersive solutions for various real-world applications. Find out more about CITech.

About the Artist

Dr. John Power is an award-winning artist, director and producer working in visualisation projects, VFX, ambient screen media, and public media installations. He combines traditional media, CGI and generative processes in time-based art.  Power has toured and exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent clients and exhibitions include State Library Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre, ACMI Federation Square, Queensland Art Gallery, Tropfest Sydney. His recent PhD dissertation is entitled Calm Place: Understanding generative ambient screens in public space as encounters with Calm Technology. Power lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne in the Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity (MAGI) in the School of Design.

Image credit: screen shot from Locus Amoenus, generative art video. 


February 15, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Commons (COM)
3297 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada
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Additional Info

Room Number
COM 107
Registration/RSVP Required
Event Type
Presentation, Talk/Lecture
Arts and Humanities, Culture and Diversity, Environment and Sustainability
Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates