Art in Virtual Reality 2010

January 18 - 21 // San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA // at IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2010

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and SPIE present a curated exhibition of immersive, interactive, stereoscopic artwork at the 2010 Electronic Imaging Conference. The exhibition showcases diverse and unique artistic visions in immersive virtual environments, including work which is powerful, compelling, playful, contemplative, and mysterious.


Sheldon Brown / Experimental GameLab

Applied Interactives + art(n)

Mark Baldridge

Ben Chang

Margaret Dolinsky

Patrick Lichty

Roger Wakeman

Kegan McGurk

The Scalable City is a set of projects which explore algorithmic transformations of the urban condition. The interactive environment combines GIS and photographic data with simulation algorithms of natural forms and processes to reimagine a world inflected by the artifacts of software input and outputs.

The Scalable City has been developed by Sheldon Brown and his experimental game lab at UCSD, located in the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts. See for further information.

Special Treatment is an immersive and interactive Virtual Reality installation examining the strength and persistence of memory. A chilling ride by train car deposits viewers in a sparsely populated camp pieced together from plans, photographs and other artifacts from Auschwitz II/Birkenau, Poland.

As the visitors explore the camp and architectural structures, conversations and other pieces of the past fade in and out of perception - at times almost tangible, at other times mere ghosts. These structures and stories are not intended to be strictly historical or documentary. Each element is the foundation for the folding together of past and present; where the sounds and images of old memories blend with memories created by each new visitor.

Special Treatment was produced by Applied Interactives in collaboration with art(n) Laboratories:

Geoffrey Baum, Todd Margolis, Keith Miller
Frank Crist, HyunJoo Oh, Sabrina Raaf, Jeremy Sloan, Andrew Zoechbauer
Ellen Sandor and art(n) Laboratories
with support from VRCO and The Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


FalseFeatures on YouTube

An example of Interactive Cinema, a bit of a mystery story, with influences ranging from film (Wings of Desire, Dark City) to painting (Roger Brown's Imagist Chicago) ChiSky is meant as a meditative exploration of the dark limits of the world, the covert influences of inhuman forces and the strange sense, shared by many minds across time and and distance, that it all might be a hoax.

Graduate of the MFA program of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, international performer, cross-media artist: Mark Baldridge spends a good deal of time trying to align himself with what he sees as the new economy - or perhaps *ecology - *of abundance, in which information, expertise and old fashioned *work* are shared freely across international boundaries; witness crowdsourcing projects like Wikipedia and the file-sharing schemes of Pirate Bay et al. "How," he asks himself, "can I *give more away*?"


(2005-, Lichty, Manrow, et al)

Stickyworld is an experiment which plays with the idea of horizon, gravity, and orientation in relation to human perception by eliminating the necessity of the notions of "up", "down", or "horizon". In this work, the visitor begins at the base of a large tower, with few instructions other than to explore. Upon approaching the tower, the astute visitor will notice that they gravity is only relative to wherever they are standing, allowing them to "stick" to the side of a wall. Upon seeing this, the visitor can then explore all ten floors of the tower, and even walk onto/"kiss" the sky. Like the classic movie where Fred Astaire, danced on the walls and the ceiling, the visitor can walk anywhere, exploring the closed world of Stickyworld.

Six Friends

Margaret Dolinsky

Six Friends is a study in portraiture. The friends in the environment are inspired by small portrait paintings. These paintings are realized as 3D models to populate virtual reality. The characters illustrate how we exist simultaneously in our head as well as in our body. The vibrant colors and unique forms illustrate energy and the dynamic playfulness of relationships. The change in scale and repetition of form encourage exploration of the six friends from all sides. The Six Friends virtual environment unites the best of friends in figurative moments as well as in facial expressions.


SPIE / IS & T Electronic Imaging

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Lightspeed Design

art(n) Laboratories

Da-Lite Screen Company