Professional actors and members of the public took on the personae of avatars and engaged in a semi-scripted, tightly plotted fable involving gods and tricksters, innocents abroad, lizards and purple tufts. The settings and some of those taking part were carried over from Ages of Avatar, a collaborative project with Sky's [.tv] channel in Britain.
Avatar Farm was mounted utilising Nottingham's MASSIVE-3 collaborative virtual environment system. Each of four 20-minute episodes was mixed as television and webcast, but every 3-D detail of all the events within the widely dispersed worlds was also captured, along with the audio. Indeed during the episodes, fully 3-D playbacks of earlier events were triggered and viewed in the worlds. MASSIVE-3's sophisticated functionality enables this 3-D recording and playback, which can also be utilised as a powerful post-production system for the creation of new kinds of animation and virtual experiences. In the summer of 2000, for example, simultaneous scenes from different viewpoints within Avatar Farm were projected in the immersive environment of ZKM's EVE dome. In MASSIVE-3, and specifically in the system called temporal links that facilitates these capabilities, this project has nurtured a tool for the art of tomorrow with a myriad of potential uses.
Please also look at the Illuminations Television Avatar Farm page.
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