What is studio99?


Microsoft Research‘s studio99 aims to introduce artistic perspectives, processes, and values in the work of our organization.

studio99 seeks to build collaborations between researchers/engineers and artists/designers to create beautiful and innovative experiences that inspire new ways of thinking about existing and future scientific challenges.

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Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas

Neil Harbisson Living Cyborg

Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Neil Harrbison and Moon Ribas – Microsoft Research

Neil Harbisson is an avant-garde artist and cyborg activist based in New York. He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. His antenna uses audible vibrations in his skull to report information to him. This includes measurements of electromagnetic radiation, phone calls, music, as well as video or images which are translated into sound. His Wi-Fi enabled antenna also allows him to receive signals and data from satellites.

Moon Ribas is a cyborg and artist activist best known for developing and implanting an online seismic sensor in her elbow that allows her to feel earthquakes through vibrations. She is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that encourages humans to become cyborgs and promotes cyborgism as an art movement.

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Landscape, a Slightly Different View


Keith Salmon is a landscape painter who lives in Scotland. Visually impaired, Keith has spent years creating sweeping images on the Scottish highlands. Keith is working with researcher Neel Joshi and others to create an interactive audio and visual installation based on recently developed sonification technology.

Keith spoke recently at Microsoft Research about his work, about ways in which visual impairment has affected his art practice, and his excitement in working with the sonification technology.

Here is that lecture.


A Panorama of the Skies

Using RoomAlive Toolkit to transform the experience of a normal conference a room into an ever-changing skyspace.

A Panorama of the Skies is a prototype of an immersive audiovisual installation created in collaboration between Maja Petrić, an artist, and Hrvoje Benko, a human-computer interaction researcher at Microsoft Research. Together they have been researching possibilities of immersive technologies through which a space can be experienced emotionally.

Exhibited: December 2015 – March 2016

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The Skies Epitomized

Art + Machine Learning showing how we see the sky.

The Skies Epitomized is a series of artworks exploring the essence of the sky from the perspective of humans gazing at it. The works were created in collaboration between Maja Petrić, an artist, and Nebojša Jojić, a machine learning researcher. The artwork is derived from big data through a machine learning algorithm that is used to create visual summarizations (epitomes) of sky images people posted on the Internet.

Exhibited: December 2015 – March 2016

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Exploring the discrepancies in data through physicality.

This piece, the creation of artist in residence, Aduén Darriba Fredericks, with the assistance of visualization researcher, Steven M. Drucker, explores the discrepancies in data through physicality. Large discrepancies are often difficult to fully comprehend, for example, looking at a skyscraper vs. standing next to one gives the viewer two very different senses of scale. Data that exists digitally can therefore fail to demonstrate this viscerally. This installation displays data in a volumetric sense, covering dimensions beyond human size.

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Project Florence

Digitally and computational power meets biological matter and processes for new perspectives on interactions with our natural environment.

Nature has its own language; specifically, plants use electro-chemical signals to communicate their needs. Project Florence is a speculative glimpse into our Future where both our Natural and Digital worlds could co-exist in harmony through enhanced communication. Combining Natural Language Research, Biology, Design, and Engineering… we have created the first instantiation of a plant to human interface through the power of language. Project Florence is the creation of Helene Steiner (Artist in Residence, Microsoft Research).

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