Brigitta collaborates with DeepSense to link research and behind-scene stories through data visualizations.
Smart Atlantic Buoys are located along the Atlantic Coast, constantly collecting and sharing real-time weather and ocean data to support coastal and ocean management efforts. The Smart Atlantic Buoy located in the Halifax harbour is used by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority to determine if conditions allow for safe entry into the harbour. DeepSense is working on creating a predictive machine learning model to help support management decisions if the Halifax Harbour buoy was to go offline. Learn more about Phase 1 of the project by clicking here and Phase 2 of the project by clicking here.
Using the historical data collected by the Halifax Harbour Smart Atlantic Buoy, Brigitta created music using wave height data before, during, and after Hurricane Fiona (September 2022). The song you hear is created by assigning wave heights to different pitches.
The music is then matched with imagery that shows Hurricane Fiona above Nova Scotia, captured by NASA satellite.
The glitch moments that scatter the image happen when the music reaches a specific pitch, ie. an extremely high wave caused by Fiona.
On June 10th, 2023, Brigitta presented an interactive installation at the “One Port City” community event, a captivating part of DeepSense’s outreach initiative. This immersive video installation invites you to dance with the enchanting world of bioluminescent plankton. These remarkable marine creatures possess the unique ability to generate their own light, triggered by contact or movement.
The camera above the TV captures the audience’s silhouettes, transforming them into luminous particles that gracefully oscillate for 0.3 seconds, evoking the sensation of swimming among bioluminescent plankton.
Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), DeepSense, and ShiftKey Labs hosted the fifth Ocean Data Challenge supporting creative collaboration and idea generation. Participants used this challenge to explore text data and share something insightful, shocking, or simply informative.
Brigitta’s Song of CBC News – Climate Change with its innovative way using of data, created stunning art through sonification and visualization and got her first place in the competition and the internship with DeepSense.
Using CBC climate change-related news texts from the past four years, Brigitta selected five keywords: ocean, environment, temperature, nature, and climate emergency. Each keyword was assigned a unique musical note. The two most frequent keywords per day were played as two notes per beat, each note represented by a different instrument. For instance, the French horn symbolized the climate emergency, conveying tension and intensity.
The visual component interacts with the audio in both versions. In the first version, the music influences a marine heatmap-like video frame by frame, synchronized with the notes.
In the second version, the visual frequency illustrates when each keyword occurs and highlights the top keyword on specific days.
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