“Virtual World of Art”

It’s always a bittersweet moment when you discover that somebody else has had most of your ideas already and, worse still, has had the gumption to implement certain aspects of them. Such was my feeling when I discovered Workspace Unlimited’s website. I haven’t absorbed fully what they’ve been doing, but it involves using some kind of modified game software to create apparently robust virtual environments that include all kinds of novel connections between people, both virtual and real.

To see what I think is cool, please watch “Movie 4″, about their DEVMAP software, under the “movies” section. I can’t link you to it because these people use Flash for their website. God, Flash…. I would like to find a way to use it but still keep the whole site open — e.g. let people link to media directly, and copy the images, etc.

Anyway, it’s a good thing to find people who are both technically savvy (at least so it appears) AND are thinking hard about the political (in a broad sense, meaning ‘the exercise of power between people’) aspects of virtual space. There is some center in Montreal with which they are affiliated, which I’m going to check out further.

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