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Invisible Maze Conceptual Holodek

Jeppe Hein has created a project called Invisible Maze that is presented inside a large open chamber.


(Visitors walk the maze)

Visitors are given digital headphones equipped with infrared detectors "operated by infrared rays" that inform the visitor when he or she has "bumped into" one of the invisible walls.

On successive days, the maze is changed, encouraging repeat visits. The artist has chosen a set of mazes ranging from the medieval labyrinth at the cathedral at Chartres to Pac-Man.


(From The Chartres Labyrinth)

The labyrinth at Chartre was itself really seen as a sort of virtual journey:

The labyrinth at Chartres was built around 1200 and is laid into the floor in a style sometimes referred to as a pavement maze. The original center piece has been removed and other areas of the labyrinth have been restored.

This labyrinth was meant to be walked but is reported to be infrequently used today. In the past it could be walked as a pilgrimage and/or for repentance. As a pilgrimage it was a questing, searching journey with the hope of becoming closer to God. When used for repentance the pilgrims would walk on their knees. Sometimes this eleven-circuit labyrinth would serve as a substitute for an actual pilgrimage to Jerusalem and as a result came to be called the "Chemin de Jerusalem" or Road of Jerusalem.
(From The Chartres Labyrinth)

The Star Trek holodeck is a virtual environment that provides infinitely varied participatory, interactive entertainment in a very small space. On Federation starships, stressed crewmembers need to have some sort of outlet for exercise and entertainment.


(From Holodeck)

If you are interested in some of the "visible" versions of the Star Trek Holokeck that are now available, see Holo-Dek - A Unique Real-World Virtual Venue and the VirtuSphere Immersive Virtual Reality "hamster ball". Read more about the Invisible Maze at ArtDaily via we-make-money-not-art.

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