Jan 27, 2010

AXIOM Presents: Jeffrey Jacobson: Virtual Reality Technology and The Virtual Egyptian Temple

Tuesday February 2, 2010 7-9pm Suggested Donation $8 general, $5 ATNE members

Above images
Left: Both students see this abstract shape,
a visualization of a mathematical formula.

Right: The Virtual Egyptian Temple in the Earth Theater,
Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh

Axiom and ATNE (Art Technology new England) are proud to welcome Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. who will talk about and demonstrate,Virtual Reality (VR) as a new artistic medium. Virtual Reality first captured the public imagination fifteen years ago, allowing us to extend our social spaces from the physical into the electronic creating dynamic mixed realities. Recently, the term has expanded from the old-fashioned flight simulators and three-dimensional optical displays to computer games and shared worlds on the internet. In this discussion, we will survey the existing technologies and their uses. We will discuss the human elements, how the sensory illusions work, and how they become "real" when imbued with meaning. In the second half Dr. Jacobson will demonstrate "CaveUT," a free open-source tool for creating a low-cost panoramic window into virtual worlds you can design www.publicvr.org. The demonstration will be a guided tour of the Virtual Egyptian Temple, and interactive 3D virtual space. The temple is an idealized, stylized, exemplar of a late period temple constructed from authentic source materials, including virtual duplicates of genuine artifacts. The current temple is showing at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and is part of their K-12 educational programming. PublicVR's Interns from Boston areas colleges are currently working on a version for the web and dome theaters.

When/// Feb 2, 2010 7-9 pm

Where/// AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media - 141 Green Street
located in the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line

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AXIOM is located on the ground floor level of the Green Street Subway ("T") station on the Orange line, at the corner of Amory and Green Streets in Jamaica Plain, MA
AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media focuses on new and experimental media, with an interest in technology based, innovative combinations of sculpture, installation and live performance. AXIOM has had a history of success in bringing together members of the new media community as well as outreaching to the general public, along with emerging and established artists working within the realm of new media.

Encouraging and Supporting Experimentation in the Arts through Exhibition, Education, Resources and Collaboration

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