Ars Electronica 1990
Festival-Program 1990
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Konrad Becker, born in Vienna in 1959
Head of the "Institute for Scientific Sensation". Since 1979, publication of interdisciplinary projects within "Monotonproduct": Videos, records, audio-tapes, texts, installations, performances and concerts in Meta-Mathematic Electronics, culture-synthetical Media work and "subjective Science".

Bilwet/Adilkno/Filwis aims at the advancement of illegal knowledge. Based in Holland, it gives lectures, video performances, makes books, manifestos, translations, interventions, essays and translations. It published in '85 "The image-realm, about fear for radiation and desire for space". It translated essays by Wolfgang Pohrt, Paul Virilio, Henryk Broder and others, has a radio program called "BILWET Portraitgallery" on Radio 100 in Amsterdam and Nijmegen, and writes regularly for the magazine Mediamatic. It takes part in the Academy for Ambulatory Sciences, that publishes the annual "Arcades". This spring it produced a book called "Movement teachings, squatting beyond the media", about the squatters movement of the eighties as a predecessor of the anti-media movement of the nineties. Recently it has occupied itself with billboards, the public screen, Rintintin, the environment, CNN, socialism, Baudrillard, Theweleit, Kittler, Rambo, the Galactic Hacker Party. It is now working on metarealism, tourism, New Age, the world, man as plant, the twentieth century body, deformation, German theory, Turel. Contact through "Cameron", POBox 76704, NT 1070 KA Amsterdam.

Chuck Blanchard is the Director of Software Engineering at VPL Research and has been with VPT since it started in 1985. He has worked on all the key software and user interface issues created by VPL's unique user input devices. His accumulated experience has been combined in Body Electric, the animation package that brings Virtual Reality to life. Embedded in Body Electric is a visual programming language called Flex. Chuck is currently working on making VR as intuitive as normal reality and on Embrace, a new way of interacting with computers which is under development at VPL. Chuck studied computer science at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has been working with computers for 10 years, is co-author of two books on Macintosh programming and is a member of the ACM.

Floidan Brody; based in the Austrian National Library, Florian Brody is Senior Project Manager in library automation. He is also independent consultant on multimedia. He holds a lectureship at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
He is currently with The Voyager Company, Santa Monica, CA as research associate engaged in an electronic book project.

David Dunn, experimental composer and interdisciplinary theorist David Dunn has worked in a variety of sonic and image media, including traditional instruments, tape music, video, and live electroacoustic performance, as well as developing a variety of interactive environmental structures. For approximately fifteen years his work has explored the interrelationships between a variety of geophysical/bioacoustical phenomena and music. The connection of this work to nonmusical disciplines such as experimental linguistics, cognitive ethology, cybernetics, and systems philosophy has expanded his creative activities to include philosophical writings and media projects within a broad domain.

During the course of this investigation he has moved progressively toward activities which transcend musical composition per se towards the embracing of the idea of artists as whole-systems consultants and integrators.

As a theoretician, his philosophical and aesthetic writings have been published in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan in such journals as Perspectives of New Music, Leonardo, Musicworks, Postneo, and Kunstforum. He was director of the Electronic Music Studio at San Diego State University and has taught at numerous schools and universities. He was the founding editor of the IS JOURNAL and was Vice-President of the International Synergy Institute (Los Angeles) from 1986 to 1988. In 1989 he co-founded the Independent Media Labs in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recent activities have included presentations at Ars Electronica (Linz) and the Chaos and Order Symposium of the Styrian Autumn Festival (Graz), Austria. He also conducted bio-acoustical research in Zimbabwe, Africa. Most recently he has been collaborating with Sound Design Studio of Australia in the digital recording and documentation of world soundscapes for a variety of public institutions such as zoos, museums and aquariums while also formulating a critique and exploration of the aesthetic research potential of virtual reality technology in collaboration with Woody Vasulka.

Scott S. Fisher attended the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, where he held a research fellowship at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1974 to 1976 and was a member of the Architecture Machine Group from 1978 to 1982 while participating in development of the "Aspen Movie Map" surrogate travel videodisc project and several stereoscopic display systems for teleconferencing and telepresence applications. He received the Master of Science degree in Media Technology from MIT in 1981. His research interests focus primarily in stereoscopic imaging technologies, interactive display environments and the development of media technology for representing "first-person" sensory experience. Mr. Fisher was Director of the Virtual Environment Workstation Project at NASA Ames in which the objective was to develop a multisensory "virtual environment" workstation for use in Space Station teleoperation, telepresence and automation activities. Prior to the Ames Research Center, Mr. Fisher has served as Research Scientist with Atari Corporation's Sunnyvale Research Laboratory and has provided consulting services for several other corporations in the areas of spatial imaging and interactive display technology. In addition, his stereoscopic imagery and artwork has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Japan.

Dorothea Franck, born 1948. 1972 M.A. in theoretical linguistics at the University of Constance. Additional studies: Linguistic philosophy, psycholinguistics, anthropology. 1979 doctor's degree (Dr.phil.) in general linguistics. Lecturer for stylistics and rhetoric at Amsterdam University since 1977. Research work focuses on: semantics (theory of presupposition), pragmatics/ analysis of interaction and conversation. Lately topics in the bordering areas of linguistic philosophy, science and arts.
Ideas on the concept "virtual space" are based on the development of a new, non-referential, non-structural approach of grammatics and semantics within my project "Rethinking Language" on the one hand and on experience in virtual space in the virtual space laboratory of NASA (headed by Scott Fisher) in the Ames Research Center (Aerospace Human Factors Research Division), Moffett Field, California, 1989.

Georg Franck, born in 1946. Studied philosophy, political economy and architecture. Dr.rer.pol., Architect. Has been a freelance town planner since 1974. Has been a partner in the Franck and Rauch Planning Office in Munich since 1981.
Publications for space economy, the effects of new techologies and the philosophy of time.

William Gibson is – together with Bruce Sterling – one of those Science Fiction authors who have onleased a new literary movement dealing with the new technological possibilities of Virtual Reality, called "Cyberpunk". His novel "Newromancer" has become the book of worship in SF literature. William Gibson is living in Vancouver/Canada.

Ernst Graf, born 1939 in Vienna. After the war until the age of 15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Design studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. Lives in Vienna as free-lance designer. His area of work comprises industrial, in the compact sense, design through to ritual design. Five Austrian State prizes. In 1978 / 79 professor at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. In the last decade, among other activities, design of ORF (Austrian Television) department for Outdoor Broadcasting Vans. Presently co-owner/director of FOCUS Electronics GmbH.

Patrice Gelband, co-founder of Sense8 Corporation,is an applied mathematician with extensive programming experience. Before entering the field of commercial software development, she was a research scientist at Advanced Decision Systems (Mountain View CA), an R&D firm specializing in artificial intelligence software applications. There she was involved in research and software application development for systems using machine vision, neural networks, optimization, and probabilistic reasoning and search.
She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University and a B.A. in mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Erich Gullichsen is President and co-founder of Sense8 Corporation, a Virtual Reality software company implementing realtime 3-d graphics systems on low-cost desktop computers. He worked on the software and hardware for the Autodesk Cyberspace project. Before his work at Autodesk, he served as a consultant to industrial and defense-related laboratories, including the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation consortium (MCC), Boeing, Advanced Decision Systems (ADS) and several government research labs in Canada. As an employee of MCC, he led the programming team which developed PlaneText, a hypertext system for Sun workstations which was the first product released by the MCC Software Technology program to its shareholders.
He is author of over 20 publications in the areas of hypertext, logic programming languages, digital logic, neural networks, and VR, and holds an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Nick Herbert received the PhD degree in physics and mathematics from Stanford University. Nick is the author of Quantum Reality, Faster Than Light, a forthcoming book (in maverick models of mind, and the shortest proof of Bell's interconnectedness theorem to date.
"Another thing I am doing is a show called 'Quantum Erotics' so far at Bulkhead gallery in Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Library. It's a combination of physics (NH), poetry (Greg Keith) and music (Dana Massie – a synthesizer designer at EMU Systems in Scotts Valley). One way to describe Quantum Erotics is to ask: 'What really happened to Schroedingers Cat?'"

Rudolf Kapellner, born 1954 in Linz
1972 final examination in Linz
1972–1983 study of psychology, philosophy and physiology, University of Vienna
1983 graduation for Ph.D.
1975–1983 education for electronic engineer, study and work at Technical University of Vienna:
1985 Foundation of FOCUS Stadtzentrum Vienna Ltd, managing director since then
1987–1990 participation in university research projects on brain and consciousness
1988 start of the "mind machine" project at FOCUS Stadtzentrum
1989 foundation of FOCUS electronics Ltd, managing director of FOCUS electronics since then.

Personal concern: to find and elaborate practicable connections of technics/science with psychology/philosophy and business/ economy

Vincent Katz went to school. Was saved by rock'n'roll. Felt a strong breeze off Lake Michigan. Wrote some poems (A Tremor In The Morning, 1986, Peter Blum Edition, with linocuts by Alex Katz; Cabal of Zealots, 1988, Hanuman Books). Writes Acid House music with THROBBERS using Vision software and a MacSE, which he loves. Is standing on a street corner, smelling live.

Derrick de Kerckhove is a professor in the Department of French, and a director at the McLuhan Programm in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto in 1975, and a Doctorat du 3e cycle in Sociology of Art from the University of Tours (France) in 1979. He was an associate of the Centre for Culture and Technolgoy from 1972 to 1980 and has worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years as translator, assistant and co-author. He has edited Understanding 1984 (UNESCO, 1984) and co-edited with Amilcare Iannucci McLuhan e la metamorfosi dell'uomo (Bulzoni, 1983), two collections of essays on McLuhan, culture, technology and biology. He also coedited a book with Charles Lumsden, The Alphabet and the Brain (Springer Verlag, 1988), to assess scientifically the impact of the Western alphabet on the physiology and the psychology of human cognition.

He has published extensively in the field of communication theory. His work involves neuro-cultural research investigations into the impact of media such as writing, television and computers on the human nervous system. His scientific research at present is to explore the impact of television on the human nervous systems. Another publication, La civilisation video-chrétienne is to appear in France in the summer of 1990. Beside his scientific interests in communications, he is promoting a new field of artistic endeavours, which bring together, art, engineering and recent developments in communication technologies. He is the author of several key papers on arts and technology, published in a dozen languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Dutch. He is the Director of Strategic Arts Initiative, a consortium of artists-engineers interested in communication arts. He organized Transinteractivity, the world's first video-conference for the arts, between Paris, France and Toronto, Nov. 5th, 1988. A book on the event, Les Transinteractifs, is to appear in the summer of 1990.

Arthur Kroker is Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the author of numerous books, including The Post modern Scene: Excremental Culture and Hyper-Aesthetics, Panic Encyclopedia, Body Invaders: Sexuality and the Postmodern, Condition. The Hysterical Mate and Technology and the Canadian Mind. He is also founding editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory.

Jaron Lanier, born in 1960. Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, businessman and composer. In 1984 he founded VPL Research Inc., a highly regarded Silicon Valley R&D company, and still serves there as Chief Executive Officer. VPL is the developer of the first commercially available Virtual Reality system, as well as the Power Glove (licensed to Mattel and sold in Japan by PAX), Swivel 3D, the most popular Macintosh 3D tool (licensed to Paracomp, Inc.), and other well known products.

Mr. Lanier, whose work has been featured many times in books, articles and on national television, including the front pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street journal and the cover of Scientific American twice, is best known in the scientific community as a designer of computer programming languages. He has also been a political activist, a designer of video games and a composer of television sound tracks. He lives in Palo Alto, California with hundreds of musical instruments.

Brenda Laurel has worked in the personal computer industry since 1976 as a programmer, software designer, marketeer, producer, and researcher. Her academic background is in theatre, and she holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in theatre from Ohio State University. Her work on computer-based interactive fantasy architectures was begun at the Atari Research Lab in 1982 and was published in her doctoral disseration in 1986. She currently works as a consultant in the areas of interactive entertainment and human-computer interface design for such clients as Apple Computer, Lucas Arts Entertainment, and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In recent years she has published several papers and articles on such subjects as virtual reality design, computer-based agents, and interactive fiction. She is editor of the book, The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design, published by Addison-Wesley in June 1990,and author of a forthcoming book entitled Computers as Theatre, also from Addison-Wesley, to be published in February 1991.

Terence McKenna, born in 1946, author and explorer Terence McKenna has spent twenty-five years in the study of the ontological foundations of shamanism and the ethno-pharmacology of spiritual transformation. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a distributed major in Biology. Resource Conservation and Shamanism. After graduation he traveled extensively in the Asian and New World Tropics, becoming specialized in the shamanism and ethno-medicine of the Amazon Basin. With his brother Dennis, he is the author of The Invisible Landscape and Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide. A talking book of his Amazon adventures, True Hallucinations has also been produced. Recently, a German language edition of this same work was published. He is now at work on a book for Bantam. Plants Drugs and History due out in '91. Currently he lives in Hawaii and California with artist Kat Harrison Mc Kenna and their two children. Together he and Kat are the founders of Botanical Dimensions, a tax-exempt, non-profit research botanical garden devoted to the collection and propagation of plants of ethnopharmacological interest. He divides his time between writing and lecturing.

Marvin Minsky lives in a large house in Brookline, Massachusetts, along with his pediatrician wife Gloria, various animals and, on occasion, their three children. He does teaching and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is the Donner Professor of Science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a former president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, he was one of the pioneers of computer science, involved in establishing the scientific foundations of several important areas:

Artificial Intelligence,
Parallel Distributed Processing and Neural Networks.
Theories of Turing Machines and Recursive Functions.
Robotics, Computer Vision, and Telepresence.

He was a founder of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, General Turtle, Inc., Logo Computer Systems, Inc., and Thinking Machines Corporation. He has been an advisor to NASA, the L-5 Society, and the National Dance Institute. Professor Minsky has also been engaged in research on musical cognition and physical optics. His main concern over the past decade was to work out the foundations of the new conception of human psychology described in The Society of Mind. He was awarded the Japan Prize in 1990 in the field of Technology of Integration.

Mark Pauline, Survival Research Laboratories. While today's masters of art finery ascertain before brunch the assertiveness potential of their mature works, the nightmare among perpetrators by conviction, Survival Research Laboratories by Name, is raging around California. This San Francisco group has been presenting its shows for ten years, its method of operation defies clear classification into such disciplines as theater, visual art, or music. The work impulses are generally spontaneous and can be understood only in terms of the positive reevaluation of such responses by artists.

The trio, Mark Pauline, Matt Heckert, and Eric Werner, formed a Group in 1979 and introduced a corporate identity into its work with the name Survival Research Laboratories, identifying itself as an institution functioning along the lines of Andy Warhol's "Factory". The PopArtist supported the group by inviting them to New York.

As cohorts in tenor, they feel only conditionally responsible to the artistic context, always considering themselves to be an organization which contemplates all facets of society and has been destined to a form of communication closely allied with their own means of production: a laboratory for the research into and the production of survival techniques in every sense of the word. They recount triangular relationships of flesh and machines, death, triviality, and high tech. Their repertoire of found images ranges from pop quotations to empty honor phrases. It includes a hackneyed iconography of violence and responds to images of conflict presented from the world press, especially those from American news broadcasts. SRL acts in the name of such legendary compatriots as William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Vonnegut, and J.G. Ballard. Current news reports, as well as science fiction comics and images from X-rated comics, have continued to remain important sources for their production mechanics.

Ron Reisman. From 1977 to 1984 Mr. Reisman conducted research in non-trivial language-like behavior and cognitive psychology with bottlenosed dolphins at the Institute for Delphinid Research (currently known as the Dolphin Research Center) in Grassy Key, Florida, and remains on the board of directors of that organization.
From 1985 to 1987 he was employed by the Singer-Link Flight Simulation Division, primarily in the development of the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator at NASA Ames's Man-Vehicle Systems Research Facility.

Since 1988, Mr. Reisman has been a research scientist in the Aircraft Guidance and Navigation Branch of the Flight Systems and Simulation Research Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View California, His current area of interest is air traffic control automation and pseudo-pilot airtraffic simulation systems.

In addition to the positions noted above, Mr. Reisman has engaged in research at the University of Pennsylvania Primate Laboratory and the University of Hawaii Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, participated in a number of entrepreneurial enterprises, consulted to several artificial intelligence companies (most notably Neuron Data, of Palo Alto, California) and worked in the entertainment technology industry in Los Angeles, California. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters of Science in Computer Science.

Willem de Ridder. As Rodini, Willem de Ridder was the youngest magician of the Netherlands, be worked as a story teller for years, performed his Punch-and-Judy show all over his home-town of s'Hertogenbosch, organized treasure hunts in the whole neighborhood, built the largest sand city around, and made the Buffalo Bill Radio Plays on one of the first tape recorders in the country.

After different enterprises of the most different kinds, he became chairman of FLUXUS for Northern Europe and organized numerous concerts and FLUX-Festivals. After magazine projects, films, the foundation of associations of all kinds, and experiences with sex magazines and film festivals about sex, he finally went to Hollywood after having founded an esoteric organization.

There, he continued his career in much the same manner, studied Chinese medicine, Shiatsu and Taoism, founded FINGER (again a sex magazine), invented the WALKMAN THEATRE (instant theatre without rehearsals), took up story-telling again, and is presently working at numerous projects that have nothing to do at all with his secret and anonymous activities. Words don't mean anything there ...

Warren Robinett was educated at Rice University in Texas and the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a BA in Computer Applications to Language and Art in 1974 and an MS in Computer Science in 1976. He designed video games in the late 70's, notably Adventure for the Atari 2600, the first graphical adventure game. In 1980, he was co-founder and chief software engineer at The Learning Company, a publisher of educational software. There he designed Rocky's Boots, a computer game which teaches digital logic design to 11-year-old children. In 1986 Robinett worked as a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, where he designed the software for the Virtual Environment Workstation, NASA's pioneering virtual reality project. Since 1989 he has been Project Manager of the HeadMounted Display Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, continuing to work in virtual reality.

Morgan Russell is a social amphibian, samurai organizer, and living enigma who haunts the cafes of the world, particularly those of Budapest and Amsterdam. Ted Nelson has said, "I never knew what a socialite was before. (Morgans's) just like Bruce Wayne!" It is often said, "Morgan knows everyone!" This is not true – he merely knows almost everyone. If you know almost everyone and Morgan doesn't know you, please send your dossierand medical records to M.R., c/o LIVA, Brucknerhaus, Untere Donaulände 7, A-4010 Linz. M.R. founded "VR Everywhere!" and its performance/propaganda arm, Unofficial Reality Incorporated, in Budapest and Den Haag, respectively, in 1990. M. R. has been involved with VR since its early commercial days. He has dragged scores of willing victims into Autodesk to subject them to the terrors of VR. M.R. is a partner in Fun City Megamedia, publisher of "Mondo 2000" magazine, and has been an editor and publisher of "Reality Hackers" and "High Frontiers" magazines. M.R. sometimes writes for the "Whole Earth Review".

Lizbeth Rymland is a poet and performance artist whose imaginary worlds articulate non-linear spatio-temporal perceptions suggestive of new social and evolutionary vistas for communication technology. She is presently Director of Research at Bio-Remediation Services, a consultanting firm which applies biological techniques to revive contaminated water and soils.

Georg Schwarz, born 1965 in Wels, Austria. Exposure to an education in a private Catholic boarding school. Moves to Vienna in 1981, where he sometimes pursues studies in philosophy, German studies, computer science, and logic. Accepted to the Graduate Program in philosophy at the U. of Colorado at Boulder in 1981, where he is employed as a teaching and researching assistent. In addition, he plays directed noise in an experimental electronic configuration. "The functional replacement of the human ear." Writes a Master's Thesis in 1987, which he defends in the Garden Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Wastes a year in Vienna, and is accepted to the Univ. of California, San Diego, in the fall of 1988. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in "Philosophy and Cognitive Science". Topic: how to account for learning, innate information, and the evolution of the cognitive apparatus in a connectionist framework. Several publications. Loves film. Appreciates the paintings of
Francis Bacon.

Current address: Dept. of Philosophy, B-002, Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. e-mail: gschwarzATucsd.edu or gpschwarzATucsd.edu, where "AT" is replaced by the AT-sign (the funny "a" with an upper loop) of the paragraph-sign, depending on what system you are using.

Bruce Sterling, author and journalist, was born in 1954. He has written five science fiction novels, including SCHISMATRIX and ISLANDS IN THE NET, and was the editor of MIRRORSHADES THE CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY. His short stories appeared in the collection CRYSTAL EXPRESS as well as the Japanese collection SEMI NO JO-O, a Japanese edition with no English-language equivalent. His work has drawn praise from sources as disparate as The Wall Street journal, Rolling Stone, Me New York Times and MTV. His latest novel, in collaboration with William Gibson, is THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE. He is currently writing a critical column for the British magazine INTERZONE. Sterling's basic pursuit as an author and journalist is understanding the social and political impact of technology, He lives in Austin, Texas.

Woody Vasulka was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and studied metal technologies and hydraulic mechanics at the School of Industrial Engineering there. He then entered the Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Film and Television in Prague, where he began to direct and produce short films. He emigrated to the United States in 1965, and freelanced in New York City is a film editor for the next few years.

In 1967, he began experiments with electronic sounds, stroboscopic lights and (two years later) with video. In 1974 he became a faculty member of the Center for Media Study at State University of New York, Buffalo, and began his investigations into computer controlled video, constructing "The Image Articulator", a realtime digital video tool.

With Steina, he founded The Kitchen, a New York Media Theater, and has participated in many major video shows in the States and abroad, given lectures, published articles, composed music and made numerous video tapes. He is a 1979 Guggenheim Fellow currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since his move, he has produced three video tapes, Artifacts, The Commission, an operatic work based on the legend of Paganini and Hector Berlioz, and The Art of Memory, a series of "songs" thematically related to early twentieth century political events. He is now working on a new, largely computerassisted work, entitled Brotherhood.

Mario Veitl was born on 3. 31. 1962 in Linz and confered on 20.4.1989 the doctor's degree on medicine of the University of Vienna. In autumn 1989 be starts his work at the Dept. of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna.
Since 1980 different works with computers. Special interest is located in the interaction of the formal computer and the informal environment, it is one basis of his work in the areas of graphics/ photographics, music and "multimedia".

Vincent John Vincent und Francis MacDougall, Cocreations of Mandala System

In 1982 Vincent John Vincent was a psychotherapist studying and practicing creative therapy dance, music, art, ritual, play. The main thrust of this form of therapy is based on the belief that focusing on our own creative processes helps to unfold a deeper understanding of our true selves. During this period the original concept for the Mandala System Virtual World Reality was ignited and developed. To 1984 Vincent teamed up with the computer genius of Frank MacDougall, and together they initiated the major phase of research and development for and intelligent eye for the computer. On june 6, 1986 their first true control of computer functions by standing in front of a camera and having the user image placed inside of computer Virtual World Realities were initiated.

Frank and Vincent devoted the next three years to upgrading the system's interactive animation and sound capacity, as well as the development of applications. In 1988 Sue Wyshynski began working as part of the team on the development and expansion of applications, including use in corporate communications, television/film /video production, educational installations, etc.

The original use of the Mail System was by Vincent as an oil stage interactive video/music performance tool – Vincent and the band "Days of You" would take the audience on a video journey where Vincent would dance and interact with the animation while playing musical leads on the graphics surrounding him.

Zelko Wiener, born 1953, living and working in Vienna
1975–1980 Studies at Vienna Applied Arts College
Since 1983 numerous media projects, video and computer works. Since 1986 lecturer at Vienna Applied Arts College.