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April 25, 2005

Geometries of Power


Online Multi-User Event between Boston and Munich

Tamiko Thiel is developing a theory of dramatic structure for virtual reality that merges concepts of structured experience from music theory, drama and urban planning together with the possibilities for user engagement and immersion provided by first-person interactivity. On May 1, 2005, Thiel will present her project Geometries of Power, a multi-user online 3D world that uses the interactive characteristics of space, geometry and sound to question concepts of power and control. Shared event VRML technology enables participants to collaboratively create a 3D visual environment in real time.

You may visit either of the two sites, the Goethe-Institut Boston/USA, or programangels/Lothringer13, Munich/Germany, or you can enjoy the experience in the privacy of your own Internet connection!

To participate on your own you need a WindowsXP PC (sorry, MACs don't work), a good Internet connection and to install the blaxxun VRML-Browser. For more information: Information: +1 617 262 6050 or beeke.tower[at]boston.goethe.org

Geometries of Power was developed during a workshop at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany.

Tamiko Thiel is an American visual artist of mixed Japanese and German heritage living in Germany who explores social and cultural uses of virtual reality. She has a B.S. in product design engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in human-machine interface engineering from MIT and a Diploma in Applied Graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She lectures internationally on the creation of meaning in art and of dramatic experience in time-based and interactive media. Thiel is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

Posted by jo at April 25, 2005 07:36 AM