[NetBehaviour] Fools Paradise

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 20:13:28 CEST 2021

Hi Paul,

This fascinates me; I had a long course on Blake from S. Foster Damon at
Brown - he wrote one of the seminal books on Blake, so this is of interest
to me for a lot of reasons.
I like the interview but oddly it's hard to hear? And I hope we get to see
you in Chicago!

Best, Alan

On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 1:05 PM Paul Hertz via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> This is probably the sort of thing I should mention in this list, the
> product of long research and hard work, though I guess it may also qualify
> as self-promo.
> *Fools Paradise*, a virtual world based on the "Proverbs of Hell" of
> English poet and artist William Blake, can be downloaded from
> https://dimoda.art/, the Digital Museum of Digital Art. It is part of an
> anthology of VR works, DiMoDA 3.0, that includes work by six different
> artists. The download is donation ware, with the money going to Covid
> relief. The software will run on MacOS and Windows (separate downloads,
> though) either on the desktop or with a tethered VR headset if you have the
> right hardware.
> Perched on a highland in the form of an immense open book with a stream of
> language/water running down its center, the virtual world offers forty-
> eight interactive pavilions linked by a network of paths. Each pavilion
> interprets a proverb as a song for soprano, flute, cello, and spoken voice,
> as a mask, and as calligraphy. VR architecture and code were created by
> Paul Hertz, music by Stephen Dembski, sculptural masks by Mark Klink, and
> calligraphy by Koy Suntichotinun
> The VR architecture and the music are the result of a collaborative
> process of intermedia composition that Stephen Dembski and I engaged in
> over several years. In 2018 we showed our work at the XCoAx conference in
> Madrid. You can read our presentation
> <https://2018.xcoax.org/xCoAx2018.pdf#%5B%7B%22num%22%3A801%2C%22gen%22%3A0%7D%2C%7B%22name%22%3A%22Fit%22%7D%5D>
> in the online Proceedings <https://2018.xcoax.org/>.
> The work traveled extensively from 2018 to 2020, starting at SIGGRAPH Asia
> in Bangkok, with stops in Vietnam, Arles, NYC, Chicago, Mexico City, Lima,
> Toronto, Carbondale, Los Angeles, and points in between. If you're so
> inclined, you can see the interview Stephen and I did with Will Robertson
> and Alfredo Salazar Caro earlier this year:
> https://www.twitch.tv/videos/879732357
> cheers,
> -- Paul
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