MFA THESIS SHOW
After numerous experiments with
designing virtual environments at the Electronic
Visualization Laboratory (EVL)
at UIC, I was disappointed with the loss of physicality
with my work and felt chained to my computer writing
code for hours. The tethered tracking systems EVL was
using at the time did not permit for a project that
allowed the user to move around too much and the wireless
tracking system by Intersense did not have enough range
in the CAVE®.
A more practical problem was that one could not be allowed
to slip and fall through the very expensive back-projected
My MFA thesis project "Inside_out"
is a networked dance application combining the physical
space with the virtual space with a live broadcast of
the performances over a high speed network. The visitor
is invited to view the performances and become a performer
if they choose to do so. I am utilizing an experimental
optical tracking system (developed by Kang Sun
and Geoffrey Baum) and a passive stereo projection
screen with custom libraries developed by researchers
and students at EVL (YG
by Dave Pape, Alex Hill, Javier
Girado and more) on top of CAVELib,
and SGI Iris Performer.This
piece "flips the table" on VR that has been
done traditionally here for the past ten years. Some
the project's early roots are in a group project/show
I participated in as an undergraduate (AD409 Electronic
Media Events with Drew Browning) where the
group created a physical motion platform that was real-time
controlled by keyboard and complimented a simple animation
projected onto a video monitor.
I am disabling the conventional
means of VR navigation such as a wand or spaceball.
The participant has to explore the physical space. His
movement and energy in the space affect the aural environment.
Navigation is triggered through movement and may occur
randomly or intentionally.