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This virtual-reality art piece is a study of the physical properties and replication of the flying kinetic artwork of Jacqueline Matisse-Monnier. The complexity involved with calculating and rendering data is facilitated by distributed computing over high-speed networks.

Because the calculations for these kinetic art pieces (kites) is so computationally intensive, a single PC can only support the simulation of one kite. To support the many kites flown at iGrid, collaborators with computing resources around the world are performing the physically-based kite simulations at their home institutions and then streaming the results of the calculations, in real time, to Amsterdam. In essence, this is grid computing for arts.

Acknowledgment: Quanta.

Tom Coffin
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA

Jacqueline Matisse-Monnier, independent artist, France, and visiting artist, Mountain Lake Workshop, Virginia Tech Foundation, USA
Tom Coffin, NCSA/UIUC, USA
Ray Kass, Mountain Lake Workshop, Virginia Tech Foundation, USA
Ron Kriz, Rob Strouse, Virginia Tech, USA
Francis Thompson, School of the Arts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA
Shalini Venkataraman, Jason Leigh, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Paul Weilinga, SARA Computing and Networking Services, The Netherlands
Ulrike Kasper, Sorbonne and La Cite Museum de Musique Paris, France
Kukimoto Nobuyuki, Virtual Reality Development and Research Laboratory, Tohwa University, Japan
Kurichi Kumar, Jie Wei, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
Brian Corrie, New Media Innovation Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada