JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (Ph.D., M.M., B.M.)


Composer & Lead Artist

  • Quantum Composition Series:Probably/Possibly?, 2017 | Etherial, 2019 | MYRIOI, 2020
  • Director & Chief Scientist

  • AlloSphere Research Facility
  • Director

  • Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology
  • Professor

  • Media Arts and Technology Program
  • Music Department (Composition)
  • Bio

    Director and Chief Scientist of the AlloSphere Research Facility and Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music (Composition), in the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Also is the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UCSB.

    Kuchera-Morin's research focuses on composition,creative computational systems, content, and facilities design. Her 35 years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California—the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. The culmination of her creativity and research is the AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal cylinder inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive/interactive scientific/artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets.

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    HIGHLIGHTED - Research Project

    ETHERIAL – Quantum Form from the Virtual to the Material.


    JoAnn Kuchera-Morin - Composer/Lead Artist

    Andres Cabrera - Media Systems Design

    Kon Hyong Kim - Interactive Graphics Installation Design

    Gustavo Rincon - Virtual Architecture Design



    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.

    Year the project was created:



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

    IV. Artists Bio's



    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.