Our oceans and large currents are influenced by the energy of countless small water eddies. Similar to clockwork gears, these eddies are interlocked and affect global climate, the occurrence of algal blooms and fish migration.
Coastal researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht study these virtually unexplored eddies and present their research in the unique cross-media “Clockwork Ocean” project.
In a nine-minute animated full-dome production, the viewer dives past fish and jellyfish, experiences a research expedition on a zeppelin and accompanies scientists during their hunt for eddies. In combination with three-dimensional sound, the scientists’ world comes alive for the spectator. This production opens in German planetariums in July 2015.
This website explains different elements of the film. You can immerse yourself in 360-degree film sequences and become an explorer yourself. Scenes can be downloaded for free and can be viewed with virtual reality glasses and by using smartphone tools.
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht has also created an exceptionally unique venue:
The Clockwork Ocean film is presented in a media dome measuring approximately seventy square metres. Other full-dome productions are also presented in this venue. This dome is mobile and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Beginning in July 2015, the dome will be visiting film festivals and public events.