|+ The Virtual Studio 1994-98
+ Real-time digital environment
Project presented at:
+ The National Gallery London UK 1996
+ The Architecture Foundation, London 1997
+ Institute of Contemporary Art, London UK 1997
+ Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria 1997
+ ISEA in Chicago USA 1997
Featured in the book Envisioning Cyberspace
by Peter Anders (Mcgraw-Hill 1998)
Work in Progress was designed as an evolving real-time immersive virtual environment. For four years it was a studio, experimental laboratory and gallery.
The project was made while I was the Research Assistant for the Virtual Reality as a Fine Art Medium Research Project at Chelsea, led by the Performance Artist, Dr Kevin Atherton.
A number of key developments were addressed in the making of the work:
+ The use of a personal visual language to visualise the space. using drawing as a way to describe the world challenged the notion of reality in Virtual Reality. We could move beyond the frame and be 'in the picture'.
+ Bringing my drawings to life allowed for the testing of the changed relationship between the Artist, the Audience and the Work. The space became a studio, a laboratory and a gallery for creative exploration, experimentation and presentation.
+ The work was shown at a number of national and international conferences and Exhibitions - it was demonstrated live and in real-time, a shared memory space building on developments outlined in Frances Yates' book The Art of Memory.
+ The virtual camera was used to offer a range of insights, perspectives and narrative positions in the work. The participant was at different points able to adopt the first person point of view of the protagonsit or a virtual pet (with built in artificial un-intelligence!) or an objective overview from above the gallery. It was possible to enter into the reflection in the mirror.
+ It was the intention to enable the participant to contribute to the construction of the space by picking up a virtual pencil and drawing a door or a window to extend the spatial narrative further.
+ ICA Deep Screen Diving Event.
+ ICA Parallel Space Event
+ Overview of the drawn space of the Studio/Gallery in Work In Progress
+ Drawing Room: The images we see first are sketchbook images which inspired the work
+ Drawing in Space, pick up a virtual pencil to add to the space and create new spatial narratives.
+ On reflection. The reflection in a virtual world is made of the same material as the world it reflects.