The Great Sandini Virtual Reality Circus of the CAVE™

Researchers: Deb Lowman (1966-2018), Jason Leigh, Jim Barr, Joe Insley, Johnny Lawson, Kathy OKeefe, Maria Roussou, Tom Coffin, Keith Beu, Chris Stewart


“The Great Sandini Virtual Reality Circus of the CAVE™” was originally created for EVL’s EVE4 presentation in Spring 1995; this premiere also marked EVL graduate student Jim Barr’s MFA Thesis show. An updated version of this CAVE™ experience showed at SIGGRAPH 96, the opening of the Ars Electronica Center, and at the Total Museum Conference.

“The Circus” environment consisted of several virtual “attractions”. Participants traveled through a virtual midway and visited “tents” containing circus-like experiences along the way. “The Circus” was a collaborative effort whereby developers from art & design and computer science disciplines created a single attraction or “tent” within the virtual environment.

The attractions included the following:
  • The Food Court
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jaws of Death
  • Haunted House
  • PsychoTunnel
  • Leakey’s Room
  • Vomit Mountain


Date: August 28, 1994 - April 15, 1995
The Main Sandini Circus Tent - J. Barr, EVL

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