The Virtual Mandala


Session Title:

  • Communities: Culture and Art in the Field

Presentation Title:

  • The Virtual Mandala



  • (Short paper)

    Keywords: Tibetan mandala sand arts, multimedia live performance, CHAI3D, body motion, human computer interaction, augmentedreality, dynamic simulation.

    This paper presents the Mandala, a multimedia live performance piece that explores the use of body movement and virtual imaging to enrich musical expression. This project combines an interactive 3D bimanual interface with a computer imaging application designed to graphically render and physically simulate the interactive construction and deconstruction of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist sand arts, called Mandala. Mandala, an agent of ancient arts and philosophy, uses technology to lure the next generation into traditional cultural practices, disrupting the boundaries between ancient arts and leading-edge interactive imaging technologies.

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