Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau: Intro Act & MIC Exploration Space

  • ©1996, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau

  • ©1996, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau



    Intro Act & MIC Exploration Space


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Artist Statement:

    Free access to virtual space needs to be improved and facilitated by enabling real­time integration of human participants into a 3D environ­ment. With this in mind, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau designed MIC Exploration Space, a virtual environment that allows users to enter into two different rooms and virtually interact with each other in real time. The place functions as a new form of integration; develop­ment pictures, artificial life, and artistic features cr eate an evolving environment, one that reflects the participants’ personalities and their inter­actions with one another.

    MIC also emphasizes com­munication between remotely located participants who share the same virtual environment. Real-time feedback and unen­cumbered interaction are essential when designing such a space. Mignonneau’s 3D Key System allows the participants to interact freely, with no devices attached to their bodies. A camera detection system tracks visitors’ gestures and motion and interprets them in real time as character­istic features in the evolving environment. This enables each visitor to create a unique environment that interprets his or her actions with the other user. Evolutionary graphic processes create an open-­ended environment that is not predetermined but able to evolve over time.

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    Supported by
    Commande de l’Etat français
    Ministere de la Culture