Social Hardware

The Portfolio of Noah Shibley
Inside/Outside System 2003

This project was made as content for the virtual reality CAVE system. Virtual Reality is the artificial recreation of the sensory experience. In our piece, we create a symbolic representation of the full human sensory experience. We use the image of mandala which symbolizes the consciousness of the sense, such as seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and the body. The mandala also represents life or the one who is experiencing life, symbolized by the jellyfish which is the physical manifestation of that sensory consciousness. In our virtual representation of life, or sensory consciousness, the reverse becomes true since the jellyfish is the sensory experience rather than experiencer. This concept is portrayed in our project though the jellyfish which is the world that encompasses the mandala, yet the center of the mandala also encircles the world that contains it.