The Trial The Trail, VR, 2005

Description: The Trial The Trail is a virtual reality (VR) drama with intelligent agents acting as characters who lead the human participant through virtual locations, moral choices and emotional states. The story-scape is a surreal quest, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing: imagine Tarkovsky’s Stalker crossed with Alice in Wonderland crossed with Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Two characters, Patofil and Filopat, introduce themselves and join with the participant in a series of absurdist challenges. The participant’s reactions are logged, interpreted psychologically, and affect the characters’ behavior, the presentation of further challenges, and the ending.

The Trial The Trail

Collaborators: Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Stuart C. Shapiro, Anthony Ekeh, Albert Goldfain, Mike Kandefer, Paul Visco, Trupti Devdas Nayak, Orkan Telhan, Vikranth Rao, Chris Galbraith, Sara Nohejl, Amit Makwana

Soft/Hardware: Ygdrasil, Performer,CAVElib, Bergen Maya, Sneps:  projection-based VR system

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