Virtual Harlem CAVE® Demonstration MOBE 2000

Participants: Dave Pape, Jason Leigh, Josephine Anstey, Tim Portlock, Bryan Carter, Bill Plummer, Blake Lewis, Thaddeus Parkinson, Jim Sosnoski, Jim Hall, Kevin Smith, Janice Lively, Erec Smith, Reema Kapur, Jeremy Bushnell

Institutions: Advanced Technology Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago

EVL / UIC, Chicago, IL

EVL, in collaboration with UIC’s English Department and the Advanced Technology Center at the University of Missouri, hosted a reception and “Virtual Harlem” CAVE® demos for MOBE 2000 conference attendees (Marketing Opportunities in Black Entertainment).

Tele-Collaborative Virtual Harlem is a virtual reality application designed to supplement African American literature courses at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The application gives students a “portal” to the Harlem Renaissance that began in the 1920’s. This virtual environment allows students to walk through the streets of Harlem, and hear a sampling of the music written and popularized during the period. The application also allows students from around the world to meet and interact in the same virtual space.

Future phases will allow students to enter buildings, peer through windows, eavesdrop on conversations and interact with historical characters.

Virtual Harlem was developed in part by University of Missouri’s Bryan Carter; Carter is a MOBE “Influencers and Innovators” award recipient for 2000.


Date: September 30, 2000
J. Leigh, EVL

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