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Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Leonardo’s expression of energy within natural systems, and the enhanced immersion of natural weather effects in contemporary games.

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Intimate Illusions

Intimate Illusions

Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance exhibition at The National Gallery, London (until 30 May 2011) is a must see for devotees of the Northern Renaissance as well as 3D spacial illusion. Through realism and visual metaphor, the intimate portraits in particular come to life, 500 years after their creation.  The exhibition begins with an introduction to the [...]

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Surround Me with Visions

Surround Me with Visions

Immersion for seekers of new realities often starts with images that surround.  3D films and TVs, augmented reality apps, and surround vision goggles all provide a sense of another world supplanting reality.  This world is one that may also include other sensory dimensions, but the primary building block is visual conjuring. At a basic level, [...]

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A Constellation of Dots (Math for Art’s Sake II)

A Constellation of Dots (Math for Art’s Sake II)

Following on from Math for Art’s Sake I, in this post I look again at geometry in the service of art, this time looking at Microsoft’s Kinect sensor technology and Piero della Francesca’s orthographic projection maps of the human head.   Viewing a ‘Kinected’ object through infrared light reveals ‘a dissolution of surfaces into a constellation [...]

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Heaven in a Box

Heaven in a Box

As mass consumers, we have now had a few decades of 3D ‘dollhouse VR’.  By this I mean a three dimensional world in a box (games console and PC screens) which we can project ourselves into.  And like a dollhouse – the inner psychological depths and expansive terrains unfold for the intrepid.  The worlds we [...]

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My Avatar, My Salvation

My Avatar, My Salvation

Immersion in virtual worlds begins with the ability to enter that world, usually as a character, be it human, android, or furry.  This character, our avatar, represents our self – a variable blend of who we think we are and who we might want to be, if even for a moment. If we see our [...]

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Marvelous Vistas

Marvelous Vistas

You will experience great pleasure by gazing out from the mountain over the countryside for you will get the impression of looking not at the landscape but at some great painting” Pliny the Younger, a learned Roman Prosecutor, wrote this in the 1st Century AD. He is describing the effect that panoramic plateau scenes can [...]

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