(void *): A Cast of Characters

(void*) is a virtual lounge that unites the physical and digital, allowing people and a cast of virtual characters to interact with each other. In this novel gathering place, as in a nightclub, the interaction focuses mostly on group dynamics and body language, and little on verbal communication. Building on SWAMPED!, this installation continues our work in �Intentional Characters,� �Sympathetic Interfaces� and �Autonomous Cinematography.� It also adds �Dynamic Music Composition� as an integral part of the system. (void *) will premiere this summer at Siggraph �99. Today we will be showing a video and demonstrating the technology.