My name is Michael Hohl and i am teaching Design Theory and History at the Bauhaus University Weimar. I am based in the School of Art and Design, not Computer Sciences, though sometimes it feels like it.
I am interested in the experiential qualities of immersive telematic environments especially in those that create experiences of global awareness, holistic overview or feeling of interconnectedness. In a broader sense my research is about how technology changes us as people, how we make sense of the world, and about consciousness.
Some of my interest may be based upon my own exitement about other cultures, languages, mind-sets and Weltbilder. My research is mostly informed by the works of Roy Ascott, Frank Popper, Michael Heim and Ken Goldberg; but also by Buckminster Fuller, C.G.Jung and Stewart Brand. The overall concept relates somewhat to telepresence, only that it is not about being transported "there" - but that data of the other places are coming "here".
Here my personal Research pages on interactive environments.
(If you are looking for vagaries such as Ham & Eggs this is the place to look.)
*In case your are curious what "Hohlwelt" means. It is the German term for the "hollow earth theory" and also the title of a book by Rudy Rucker.
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Interactive Environments Research
exploring experiential qualities of interactive environments at the Arts and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.
Sound Practice, 2001
a QTVR of Dartington Hall.
I presented 'bits n people" at the Sound Practice conference in Dartington, UK.
interface to go
A concept for an exhibition hallway, narrow, with a low ceiling.
Bjoern and me were sketching a typographical project, involving bitmap-tracking, a video projector ... as ususal.
It is from 1999 - and still quite cool.
Bjoern Barnekow and me tried this:
activities (noise, motion (People) and computer/network (Bits))
in our classroom are triggered and converted into an installation
of light and sound, that could be perceived in our hallway as well as on the web.
This is a live sonification tool!
select web-radiostations on a photorealistic global map. Traceroutes are displayed.
sixcon - a webproject from the class of Prof. Rotraut Pape. This project was made for Netscape 2.0. It exploited some of the faults in the browser to create an animated Title text and used the - then quite spooky - "Talker Plugin", so the pages spoke in different voices.
Simple animation effects were created with the lowsrc Tag. Yep, those were the days ...
In Search of Lost Times
A little sketch from 1997, almost a blueprint for "Earth Globe" from Gary C. Martin.
A word about
A late nights idea in 1996
for Netscape 2.0
A VRML 2.0 Navigational Metaphor for the city.scope image archive:
QTVRs, Panorama images of 180° and 360° of Berlin. (I never got it working because i couldn't
excite anybody to do the Java)
The 6x6x6 dither free colour cube to choose the right tie.