Fools Paradise: VR Design  

Introduction    Artists     Libretto    Composition    VR Design    Production

The cave, where the performance begins


William Blake was a great innovator in printmaking and a master draftsman, as well as one of the great poets of the English language. He was the creator of what would later be called "viscosity resist" printing, a method for printing multiple colors from a single plate. He reworked the prints in his illuminated books of poetry with watercolor and other media, so no two prints were the same. The "human form divine" abounds in his work, although his figuration was more a product of imagination than of drawing from the model.

The human figures in the virtual world will appear hand-painted, much as those in the illustration above. The use of hand-painted textures serves as an homage to Blake, as a recognition of the power of traditional artmaking methods and their continuity in the digital age, and as a symbolic inclusion of human gestures into the frequent sterility of 3D rendering.

The VR performance interface also uses human gesture to control sound processing. The VR performer inhabits the virtual world and brings it to life with gestures that elicit sounds and images together.