Here are a few details about the technology behind Paper Interiors. If you
want to learn more, click on the "How Did They Do That?" icon next
to each technology.
Papermaking is one of the oldest
technologies known. The virtual spaces that the dancers
performed in were microscopic views from handmade paper no larger than
the period at the end of a sentence.
The virtual 3-D spaces were generated using
a scanning-laser confocal microscope in the W. M. Keck Bioimaging
Laboratory at ASU. This microscope, coupled with a
computer system, allows viewers to see the 3-D structure of
Stereo glasses were used to see the virtual spaces in the performance. These classic red-blue glasses permitted the
audience to see dancers within the paper fibers.
To encompass the dancers in a virtual
environment, a total of five liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors were used. Four of the
projectors were set in fixed positions, while the fifth projector was
controlled by the Video Orienting and Placement Device (VOPD)
developed at the Institute for Studies in the Arts.
Each device was connected either to a standard DVD player
containing video or directly to computer systems that displayed still
One of the
newest technologies explored with Paper Interiors was large format
printing on material for costume design. This involved using an HP
Designjet 5000PS, UV inks, and paperbacked material.
Photos by Mike
Hagelberg, CJ Kazilek & Assegid Kidané