Reflexive Innovation: Active and Dynamic is In, Passive and Static is Out
January 22, 2008, 7:12 pm
Filed under: reflexive architecture

I have had the pleasure of being blown-away by some incredibly innovative uses of the Second Life platform in the past few weeks, most notably those angling toward a more Reflexive experience. I will formulate more in-depth thoughts on these in a future post. For now, I will share posts by others who have described these installations more eloquently than I.

First, there’s the Parsec. My good friends Dizzy Banjo and Eshi Otawara teamed up with Chase Marellan to create this truly innovative installation. I couldn’t sleep after seeing this build! It is so refreshing to see this level of innovation derived from the native or inherent capacity of the virtual environment. They really have invented an entirely new kind of instrument, I think, planting the seed for a new generation of participatory and collaborative real-time musical composition. I wonder, who will be the Mozart or Beethoven of the Parsec?

Here is a very well-written post by Hamlet Au on New World Notes (link), please help promote the installation by Digging it HERE. There is a slideshow of screenshots I took during a demo HERE. Here is a machinima Hamlet created:

Finally, there is this installation I just read about on Dusan Writer’s blog (link). Amazing!!! I haven’t seen this in-world yet, but will let you know what I find.

Raising the Bar for Reflexive Ar(t)chitecture: The DynaFleur
January 3, 2008, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Dynafleur, reflexive architecture

“Douglas Story & Desdemona Enfield
Dizzy Banjo – music and sound
Poid Mahovlich – terraforming

Harper Beresford – photography

Spanning an entire sim on Princeton University’s virtual campus, DynaFleur is the kind of experience that truly is possible only in Second Life.”

“…This magic is powered by complex scripts written by the talented and energetic Desdemona Enfield, which in turn were based on the open-source Reflexive Architecture scripts made available by Keystone Bouchard and his group.”

I was lucky enough to enjoy a sneak preview of this installation a while back when it was under construction, and I must admit – this installation is a jaw-dropper. I definitely plan on attending the opening this Saturday the 5th at 12pm SL-time. See you there!

For more information, visit HERE.

Virtual Embodiment, and the Quest to Discover What is Real
October 31, 2007, 9:48 pm
Filed under: reflexive architecture

Dusan Writer posted another very thoughtful entry on his blog (link) about Reflexive Architecture. One of the most defining characteristics of the new virtual frontier is the increasingly blurry boundaries between fields of profession, and I’m excited to see the concept of virtual responsiveness reach far beyond the field of architecture.

In fact, only a fraction of the follow-up posts that spun off of the original reflexive architecture entry had anything to do with architecture whatsoever. They were librarians, artists, writers, researchers, educators, and more. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that nothing in the ‘Gallery of Reflexive Architecture’ is actually architecture?

Nevertheless, it seems the idea of ‘reflex’ in a virtual environment is what stirs the most discussion. After all, to what are these interactive ‘sculptures’ reacting? Is it you? Is it your avatar? Is your avatar You? Is your avatar just a puppet? Could reflexivity help bridge the gap between ‘you’ and your avatar, enhancing the sensation of virtual embodiment?

Reinventing Virtual Surface
October 21, 2007, 12:18 am
Filed under: far link, reflexive architecture

Another fantastic exploration in reflexive architecture, this time from Far Link.  His first machinima (well done!) is posted below, and his descriptive post can be found HERE.

Re: Reflexive Architecture
October 20, 2007, 10:32 pm
Filed under: reflexive architecture

Check out this most impressive application of ‘Ripple Effect’ reflexive architecture, scripted by Adeon Writer. The difference between my original concept and this improvement is that each new avatar is represented by a different color. What a great idea!  Adeon has generously shared this script, with a disclaimer that it may need some tweaking depending on how you want to use it.  You can find the script HERE.

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Nice work!

Open Source Scripts: Reflexive Virtual Architecture

I’ve decided to Open Source several of the scripts behind the Reflexive Architecture installations, with Fumon Kubo’s permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Since this work is inspired by so many others, it only makes sense to make these open and accessible in order to encourage their ongoing development and evolution. If you use these scripts, I strongly encourage you to share screenshots or machinima of whatever you create for publication here, in order to inspire others to continue developing this. More about reflexive architecture HERE and HERE, machinima here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

You can find the scripts here:
Good luck!

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Info Island Library Gallery Exhibition Opening 6pm PDT 30 August, 2007
August 30, 2007, 3:37 am
Filed under: info island, reflexive architecture


The Library Gallery on Info Island will be hosting a two-part exhibition of architectural experiments Thursday, 30 August at 6pm.   Visitors may teleport to the Library Gallery, or visit the Gallery of Reflexive Architecture to experience the larger models.  A reception will follow at the TX859 dance area on roof of the tall building in the NorthEast corner of Info Island.

Many thanks to Rookie Voyager,  Daruma Picnic and Elizabeth Rookwood for this opportunity and for curating this exhibit!