Evolution of Illusion

Currently, interactive illusion is the most evolved field of illusion. Physical computing and various sensors accomplish a role in interactive media design. These days, the audience have the initiative of becoming the user who affects the design as individual participants. For instance, in Jennifer Steinkamp's work 'One Saw,' the perspective of the art shifts, thus responding to the viewer's point of view as one walks by. It creates an experience about perception on a physical level. In the Baroque era, the observers needed to move around to find the right spot in an Anamorphic space. Now, we are living in a time where the environments themselves can react to people. Individuals can have different experiences from an identical piece of work. It is a challenge to design experiences in physical spaces while anticipating the reactions of multiple users. However, I believe this point of view definitely opens opportunities for spaces to connect with synesthetic expanded cinema.

From 2-D to 3-, 4-, 5-D

The growth process of FX (Special Effect) is remarkable. When we look at the current generation of Hollywood movies, almost everything from our limitless imagination has been realized by Marvel Comicbook series, Steven Spielberg's movies and futurism movies such as Spiderman and Minority Report. Here I have a juxtaposition of three images from different media spaces. On the left, M.C Escher's impossible structure transformed into the movie 'Labyrinth,' which once again transformed to a real time physical space in the third. Char Davies, a VR (virtual reality) artist defines Immersive Design; the medium of 'Immersive virtual space' has intriguing potential as an arena for constructing metaphors about our existence and for exploring consciousness as it is experienced subjectively, as it is felt. Such environments can provide a new kind of 'place' through which our minds may float among three-dimensionally extended yet virtual forms in a paradoxical combination of the ephemerally immaterial with what is perceived and bodily felt to be real.* New design tools create a virtual workspace for a new way of working, an intuitive three-dimensional design language and vision. Deeper dimensional spaces allow designers to make new creative possibilities and functionalities.

Future Direction

If there is a chance to create a more in-depth piece which also uses three-dimensional spaces, it will be interesting to figure out the specific relationship between the given space and the content. The skills acquired from this thesis investigation is the ability to draw on a three-dimensional space as my canvas. In the future, it is my intent to reinforce the interactive part which corresponds to the user's position and reaction to get closer to the audience and enable them to explore their imagination. Therefore, the audience can be part of the piece with their own experiences.

Jinmi Choi

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