Poverty Island

May 1st, 1997 - March 1st, 1998

Categories: VR Art


“Poverty Island with Video Skies” is the beginning of an exploration of the integration of video images into a virtual environment. This integration will allow me to combine a long-standing interest in the evocative similarities of the forms and movements in nature with the forms and movements expressed in mathematics.

In this work a time-lapse 360 degree panorama is created based on video images captured on Poverty Island, an Island in the archipelago from Death’s Door to the Garden Peninsula in Lake Michigan. This environment is processed in a manner closely related to the video synthesis art of the seventies.

The luminescent waterfall is an entirely synthetic environment based on a very simple mathematical model that simulates falling water. This particle system interacts both with the virtual world and the human participant.