The Big Questions
VR, Internet, agents, music, text
In November 1994, the Artifices 3 exhibition presented twelve interactive art installations in Saint-Denis. Maurice Benayoun proposed his first virtual reality installation. created and produced by Z-A Production : Is God flat ? That was the first step extended by the presentation on the Canal + stand to Imagina 1995 in Monte Carlo, of : Is the Devil curved ?
This Virtual Reality (V.R.) installations are based on the same principle :
In Is God flat? we are in a bricked-up room and we can dig corridors in real-time through a three-dimensional material.
For who cares of technical details, here we have a triple performance: the architectural database is rebuilt frame by frame. The visitor can choose any direction on the horizontal plane he wants. The corridors built remain in memory and can cross-check themselves until they form a very complex architectured space. Thus, we can carry out what can be called Boolean operations (intersection of volumes) in real-time. In addition to the concept, the material through which we dig is a 3-D texture, remaining coherent whatever the section axis is. In Is God flat? we dig through bricks. In Is the Devil curved? we dig into a nice blue sky sprinkled with clouds. In And what about me? (online), we don’t dig anymore. And that’s not so bad! The Tunnel under the Atlantic is probably the “biggest” (the only way to qualify it) thing dug in VR, but in a very different way.