"INTERACTION AND SECOND SKIN"
"ARCHEOLOGY AND VIRTUAL MITOLOGIES"
Architecture, while housing and protecting man, is like another 'second
skin'. Virtual reality technology allows the reconstruction of moments
from the past, or the proportionate designing of buildings. Because of
this, the "Virtual Archeology and Mythologies" exposition will be one of
the most important themes of Art Futura 98. For the first time, it will
be possible to see one of the most potent virtual reality platforms in
Spain, the "Inmersa-Desk", which allows its visitors to save time-space
and to navigate through reconstructions of emblematic buildings from
different epochs. It is one of the most potent virtual reality
stereoscopic (3D) visualization machines that provides a collective
virtual experience for 4 or 6 people.
The Spanish native Carolina Cruz Neira is co-inventor of CAVE,
another one of the most sophisticated virtual reality systems. She will
show the Parthenon, Notre Dame, Spica and other emblematic buildings
from the history of architecture.
Franz Fischnaller, director of the F.A.B.R.I.C.A.T.O.R.S. group, will
bring one of the most ambitious works, "Mutli Mega Book in the Cave",
which was written by its author as a 'book' or electronic sculpture.
While 'reading' it, the visitor will have the opportunity to 'pass
through' a city from the rebirth, as easily as he could visit through a
painting like "The Last Supper".
And the artists Hisham Bizri, Maria Roussos and Dave Pape will contribute to the showing
of "Mitologies", a work inspired by different myths like
Minotauro, Dante's "Inferno", or the "Bookstore of Babel" by Borges.
"ROBOT AVATARS DREAMING WITH VIRTUAL ILLUSIONS", from the
F.A.B.R.I.C.A.T.O.R.S. group. It encompasses one or two robots that
live in a real atmosphere, but whose actions impinge on other virtual
worlds. Its own author wonders, is it technology? Is it art? , or,
could it be techno-art? The answer is left to the spectators. For him,
it's clear that "the same sensations that we feel in front of a painting
should be felt in front of a work created with virtual reality."
"ART ON THE WEB". Laura Baigorri is responsible for an exhaustive
recompilation of what has been, and what is art in cyberspace.
According to its author, "Art on the Web" is a directory setup as a
selection of commentaries on the best directions that can be found on
the web. It will cover themes from artistic projects that are
exclusively thought out for the web, to texts and debates on electronic
"SAXEX". The installation by Ramón Lopez de Mántaras shows an
example of Kansei in music. Its name, "SaxEx", is defined by its author
as a system capable of generating expressive musical interpretations for
the public to hear. SaxEx interprets jazz ballads that are initially
inexpressive and, from the provided information, it converts them into
"SEGUNDO MOVIMIENTO". In this work its author, Jorge Dragón,
describes his piece "Libro de las Horas (The Book of Hours)". The
author from Malaga declares that his work is indebted as much to the
chemical image, as it is to the digital image. In some pains of glass,
which act as a screen, images are projected that narrate the
circumnavigation of immigrants. As if it were about a score of music,
the author shows men and women immigrants (Magrebies), during their