Collaborative virtual environments are commonly a means of joining together diverse people and ideas from all over the world into a single common space for shared experiences. Often, groups will exhibit several artworks together and thus require some way to be sub-divided into seperate areas accessible from a main entranceway. Therefore, participants to these virtual worlds are presented with "Confluxus", an architectural portal that acts as a gateway to these other worlds. Confluxus reacts to the positions and movements of the users within it by revealing only the parts of the structure that are within users' proximity. Within this space, the participants can see each others' avatars leaving trails from their wake in the 3D architectural grid. From here, participants are encouraged to move to one of the other project rooms.

Todd Margolis
Sept. 2001