Dr. Andres Cabrera (Ph.D.)

Media Systems Engineer, AlloSphere Research Facility.

Research Director, Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology.

Distributed Multimedia Software Design, AlloSphere Media Systems Engineer, AlloSphere Research Facility, University of California Santa Barbara, PhD in Music Technology, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Ireland, Cabrera’s expertise includes 3D spatial audio, and multimedia systems design.

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ETHERIAL – Quantum Form from the Virtual to the Material.



The nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic or subatomic level, quantum physics, lends to its ethereal nature, gossamer wings, those substances that are immutable however untouchable. To touch the untouchable, to understand and know what is real but cannot be seen and to experience it; to truly experience immateriality as substance, form, and shape that is dynamic, transformative and truly alive, constantly changing but continually unchanged, the vibration of waveforms intermingling as one form, one shape one spirit, into a myriad of forms.

ETHERIAL will bring the quantum form into the material, through virtual reality, spatial augmented reality and material form. The work will consist of both virtual reality and spatial augmented, a completely immersive VR space that will allow viewers to interact with the virtual world of quantum mechanics in real time through a 3D immersive multi-user projection space with an interactive floor projection system. An HMD system facilities viewing the installation dis-embodied while the physically immersed viewers interact through the floor projection system. A virtual sculpture of the probability wave functions of the electron can be viewed in the HMD, as well giving the possibility for a physically rendered sculpture that could be tracked with gestural sensors. Two windows into a completely immersive VR space, one that is interactive, multi-user and physically embodied, and the other that is dis-embodied, physically un-grounded, and gives the ability to view the narrative from a completely different perspective.

In keeping with the narrative of light, the quantum, revealed, the hydrogen-like atom combinations feature light-emitting wave function combinations that move toward the science of the phenomenon, while the quantum, suggests the ethereal nature of spirit in the form of light, ETHEREAL/IMMUTABLE – to touch the untouchable.

Type of the project:

Virtual Reality Interactive Installation

Etherial, Project documentation. June, 2019.

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immersive multi-modal installation, interactive immersive,multimedia art work, immersive multi-modal multimedia system installation

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Much thanks to the members of the AlloSphere Research Group for the design and development of the AlloLib software.

Support received from:

This research was possible thanks to the support of Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, The Mosher Foundation, the National Science Foundation under Grant numbers 0821858, 0855279, and 1047678, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under MURI Grant number W911NF-09-1-0553.