Manicone in a n’i-ce-pace


Manicone is a new work by Tim and me (daytar). It is a sketch of a humanoid form in fourdimensional space. It is also a sketch in the sense that we kept the technical realization as simple as possible, i.e. with the application there comes (sofar) no Wii remote or wand, no 3D glasses, no virtual cave like environment etc. – just mouse pointer and sliders.

The modularity of the underlying software jreality however allows in principle for all these extensions (even if Open GL doesn’t have the same transparency capabilities as Tims software viewer). A real 3D immersion in e.g. a cave-like environment with a nice input device may lead to a more direct perceptional access however it is not necessarily allways needed.

An advantage of the simplicity of the application is that it allows for putting Manicone as a Java applet or webstart application on our website (which we will do soon).

Further technical extensions are then a question of the given architectural, technical etc. circumstances. Manicone is a sketch – in any aspect but the work it took to do it.

->10 min. video description of Manicone on youtube

2 Responses to “Manicone in a n’i-ce-pace”

  1. Chico Says:

    I hope you have noticed that Castle Solitude offers residencies for Media Art:

  2. nad Says:

    Thanks for pointing out and yes I have noticed that there is this a program at Castle Solitude. In fact my sister won a residency there once with her coworker Andrea Benze. Here their website: offseawork. and here a link to what they did during their residency.

    There are a couple of larger obstacles that have prevented to make a residency a for me suitable option, and finding some project which matches Schloss-Solitude’s central topics would usually not be one of them, although if I do have currently problems to understand what the current topic really asks for:

    »… What happens to our understanding of history, our historical consciousness, our everyday perceptions of culture, when our everyday life clearly points towards histories we are only beginning to now sense, standing right amidst these situations?«

    I guess that one “senses” historical histories usually by reading or (audiovisually) hearing about them. This may take place in a “context rich” situation, but often it does not. That is a lot of “sensing” of historical events takes place in schools, libraries, museums etc.
    But clearly a current context influences how we perceive and interprete historical events, i.e. it influences our cognition. So maybe instead of “now sense” they mean “now think”. That would make more sense to me.

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