|Excursions in Emotional Hyperspace was an installation created
for the art show presented as part of the CADRE, National Computer Graphics
Association meetings at San Jose State University in 1989.
Visitors were able to interact with 4 computer simulated personalities (physcially manifested in manequins) each of which had a unique perspective on a common fictional life situation. One mannequin was angry, another sad, another hopeful and the last resigned about the same set of events.
Each manniquin used computer speech and music to reflect about its perspective and to comment on the perspectives offered by the others. Each talked about its view and punctuated its speech with a unique musical "voice" created by a MIDI synthesizer.
Visitors could cause each mannequin to talk by walking up to it. The stories got deeper if the visitor stayed near. Walking away stopped the story. Walking to another mannequin would cause the new one to comment on the last thing said by the previous mannequin. It would then pick up its own story. The mannequins seemed to be listening to each other and tracking the conversation. They seemed intent to introject their own perspective on what had just been said.
The four all together constituted a computer mediated, emotional space
that the viewer could navigate by movement among the four mannequins. The
event explored: 1. The mapping of emotional and narrative space to physical
space. 2. The possibilities of interaction with artifical characters.
Quicktime movie documentation
|I need to tell you my story
None of them understand
They all have it wrong
Let me set you straight
|Perhaps I can help you to see
We all suffered
Somebody messed up
I can't remember much of it
- This page created by Stephen
Wilson, Professor Conceptual/ Information Arts, SFSU (http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~swilson)