Shared Spaces is a collaborative virtual reality experience by Applied Interactives. This video documents an exhibition of Shared Spaces in the Version>02 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in April, 2002.
The space is designed to be a community meeting area where participants from varied backgrounds can come together in a tele-immersive environment and cooperate to create a mutually meaningful convergence. These participants were able to join into the virtual world through the VR Portal at the MCA and from other physically remote VR systems. Through the passage of time, the space evolves into a collective expression of the participants intentions. The virtual objects and activities in the space begin as pre-determined constructs by the artists and gradually develop based on user-input.
The virtual environment is sub-divided into three seperate areas accessible from a main entranceway. Participants are first confronted with "Confluxus", an architectural portal that 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 three virtual artworks: Infinite Studio, Super Spectacular and Syn.aesthetic created by Todd Margolis, Tim Portlock, Geoffrey A. Baum and Keith Miller.
Applied Interactives, N.F.P. has also shown this installation at the Stray Show(Chicago, IL; 12/01), Who?(Indianapolis, IN; 3/02), Immersions Weekend at the Block Museum(Evanston, IL; 5/02) and ISEA(Tokyo, Japan; 5/02)
Video documentation and editing by Jerem Sloan.
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