Nebula I-IV

Project Overview

ARC Project Investigators: Dennis Del Favero, Jill Bennett, Neil Brown, Jeffrey Shaw, Peter Weibel, Ursula Frohne, Johnny Chan.
ARC Project Title: The aesthetic reformulation of the atmosphere using intelligent imaging systems.
Project Funding: ARC DP120102243

Nebula atmoscape screen shot pano
Nebula screen shot

Nebula is an artificially intelligent (AI) interactive computer graphic installation that investigates the emergence of an interactive aesthetics of the atmosphere made possible through the integration of new imaging processes combining remote sensing and immersive technology. Through experimental application of a remote sensing visualisation system it demonstrates how visual narratives of the atmosphere can be jointly produced by users and intelligent imaging systems through their reciprocal interaction in the representation of atmospheric data. In its explanation of the interactive processes underlying this new genre of contemporary image formation, the study transforms our insight into how revolutionary new technology can impact on Australia’s understanding of the climate.

It comprises two iterations. Nebula I explores the visualisation of the atmosphere using a basic generative, live-rendered application that integrates remote sensing data supplied by NASA with custom created worlds comprised of 20,000 particles, underpinned by a basic AI framework. Nebula II extends this with an enhanced AI framework that enables each particle to independently calculate its behaviour relative to other particles

Nebula Cinema Trailer.

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Nebula screen shot


  • Nebula IV, SIGGRAPH Asia, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, 2019
  • Nebula III, Art Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 2018
  • Nebula III, SIGGRAPH Asia, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, 2018
  • Nebula III, Visibility Matrix, Douglas Hyde Gallery & Void Gallery, Dublin & Derry, 2018
  • Nebula III, Art Cologne, Cologne, 2018
  • Nebula II, Düsseldorf Cologne Open Galleries, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, 2017
  • Nebula II, Art of Immersion: Virtual Frontiers, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2017
  • Nebula I, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, 2016

Prototype Exhibitions


  • ISEA16, Hong Kong, 2016


  • Tactical Imaginary, Sydney College of the Arts, 2015
  • Firewall, William Wright Projects, Sydney, 2014


  • Galerie Schürmann & Laskowski, Cologne, 2016
  • Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Urban Innovation III, FACT (Foundation of Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, 2015
  • Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2015

Vogesen I & II

  • Future Design: Sm(ART) Artificial and Artistic Intelligence, Experimenta Science Center, Heilbronn, 2019
  • Art Cologne (Galerie Brigitte Schenk), Cologne, 2016
  • GLOBALE, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, 2015