Installation Images

10 August 2009 | by | In process

Images from the installation at INDAF. The software takes you from “creation mode”, where you are in the middle of the structures, to the center of the piece, where you observe the entirety of the ‘city’. This city is wiped out every night and generatively created every day from scratch, always a bit different . The actual location of the festival in Incheon, Korea, all the buildings and structures will themselves be demolished at the end of 80 days.

On the left is our hotel, in the middle the walk we did every day to the festival, with the festival buildings at the end.

First View

4 August 2009 | by | In process

First view of the project, with code completely re-written and based on the Nabi workshops.

there`s no there where?

3 August 2009 | by | In process

We realized last night while working into the wee hours that, with this installation, what we are essentially creating is a virtual space that must be experienced in person in real life.

… which is kind of hilarious.

The midnight oil burning was due to the fact that we needed to rewrite of a huge chunk of the Java code, and almost all of the VRML — the details about why that was necessary will be included in another post to come soon.


2 August 2009 | by | In process

Details of our working installation at Nabi :
Top Left : Router and server
Top Right :
Two of the four performance computers
Bottom left :
Short-throw projector and camera with power cell
Bottom Right :
Marek & Rory’s laptops

Workshop 2 : Nabi

1 August 2009 | by | In process

In the 2nd workshop at Nabi we explored how individuals navigate the city and structure their thoughts and actions within it.

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image-gathering dérive

30 July 2009 | by | In process

At some point towards the end of our stay at Montalvo, we realized that we needed more textures for our 3D architectures — computer graphics lingo meaning the wallpaper that we paste onto the planar surfaces of the structures that you see — and decided to scour our surroundings there, taking pictures to use for this purpose. This has become one additional way in which every installation of the project is specifically of the place where it is being shown.

As we walk around Seoul, to and from our workspace at Nabi, we’ve been consciously always taking different paths, wandering around through different neighborhoods, and snapping pictures to use as textures along the way. Our workshops are helping to determine what types of images to gather.

This morning as we were doing this, we realized this process is really essentially an example of the Situationist dérive — a way of kind of trying to understand a place on an empirical level, without any preconceived notions such as zoning rules, socio-political history, etc. If [here][now] is an example of our society as spectacle, then these walks, manifested in the project via the images as textures, are a way of understanding the real reality that the project represents virtually.

organizing electrons

29 July 2009 | by | In process

So most of the day yesterday I spent a lot of time doing a lot of really boring work. But it needed to be done. Essentially, I had to take all our server code (ie, the stuff that manages the database that we use to store data about avatar location and appearance) and install it on the server machine that we will be using for the installation. Unfortunately that server is now several years old and so this process was quite laborious and riddled with hoops that needed to be jumped through.

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First test run at nabi

29 July 2009 | by | In process

Really happy with how everything is looking so far though we still have a long way to go …

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laughter and forgetting

29 July 2009 | by | In process

Stumbled across this:

In 1975, Milan Kundera moved to France. There he published The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979) which told of Czech citizens opposing the communist regime in various ways. An unusual mixture of novel, short story collection and author’s musings, the book set the tone for his works in exile. Critics have noted the irony that the country that Kundera seemed to be writing about when he talked about Czechoslovakia in the book, “is, thanks to the latest political redefinitions, no longer precisely there” which is The “kind of disappearance and reappearance Kundera explores in the book.” [3]

That is from wikipedia.

But this idea of forgotten geographies was an early motivating idea to the project and has shaped several key elements of the piece.

Workshop 1 : Nabi

28 July 2009 | by | In process


The first workshop at Nabi produced a series of elements to be used as organizing principles for the project. The workshop instructions.

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