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Priam Givrod
Martin Lenclos

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technical statement

NEWYORKEXITNEWYORK is a virtual environment in three-dimensions built out of over 6,000 photographs and videos taken during three weeks in New York City, USA. With a joystick controller, the user can freely surf the Village, Wall Street and Times Square, projected on a big screen, and partake in the thrill of defying laws of gravity, diving in and out of space and time. The user takes part in, and is an observer of, a new interpretation of urban patterns like traffic, noise, colors, lights, signs, materials and streetlife. Materials in a picture refer to lost sensations such as touching and hearing, marks of space and time. The emotional part they are carrying along allows the observer to project him/herself into the picture.

27,000 objects comprise a composite universe of New-York City reconstructed. This material has been structured into a database accessible with a picture browser. The materials and textures are extracted from the photos and processed through graphic software, compressed and sized for 3D modeling. It is important to state here that there is no filtering of color or any such modification that alters the original picture. The point is to extract the essential "real vibration" in the picture and to preserve it, meaning here the true colors and patterns taken in the precise time and space conditions of the photographs.

A great deal of the work consists of keeping and even enhancing the "realness" of a texture through compression and the display qualities of the 3D graphic engine. The building of the 3D universe occurs mostly in real time through a proprietary software called Virtools DEV 2.0 http://www.virtools.com/. Textures are added on the spot and placed dynamically to form the landscape. Some shapes requiring complex polygons are modeled elsewhere, and integrated later for texturing into DEV 2.0. After the universe is built, animations and a Joystick controller are programmed on DEV 2.0 to bring life to the installation.