Margaret Dolinsky : Dream Grrrls, 1998
"The first major VR piece I did was Dream Grrrls with Grit Sehmisch, a programmer who visited the lab for one year. It was great to work with another woman. Grit built tools to help me design the world so I was able to use my imagery to trigger events to occur.
Dream Grrrls, for example, allowed you to navigate inside one head, where the world became very dark as if inside a nightmare. Suddenly the navigation wand became a flashlight. The light allowed you to focus and explore parts of the walls where faces appeared. On the speaker system, there were whispers warning you to “Watch out, over there, not there. . . .” It was pretty trippy. I liked the idea that someone could literally get inside my head, my imagina- tion, and feel what it was like to be with the char- acters and have some of the emotions that I have when I am drawing them."
Margaret Dolinsky in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'
Courtesy of Margaret Dolinsky and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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