This project is especially developed for kids from 6 to
12 years old, in 3 neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. It
contains four different aspects: a multi user computer game
with which the kids can recreate their own surroundings,
a bus with six work spaces for the children, three bus stops on
which the children"s creations are exposed, and a website
showing the worlds and with more information on the project.
digital photo cameras, the kids take pictures of their own
neighborhoods. These photos are uploaded to the Face Your World system on the bus. After logging in, the kids can
recreate their environment in a 3D space, using their own
pictures as well as those that are already in the database.
interactor consists of the 3D navigation mode and the 2D
edit mode. In the navigation mode the user can place new
objects in the 3D world by choosing a flat object or a box,
and a texture from the database (a building or a car for
example) to "stick on" the object. The objects can be moved,
rotated, lifted, scaled, deformed and deleted. It is also
possible to modify an object in the 2D edit mode. On this
2D drawing board the kids can cut, draw, paint, type, mirror
While navigating and building their world, the
children can take screenshots, which will be displayed on
the bus stops and website.
In the 3D world, the users
are represented by avatars. This way, the kids can see each
other navigate through the world. The world is one shared
place in which every child also has its own exclusive area,
where no one else is allowed to build, unless they ask for
permission. The kids can then negotiate in a chat environment.
This chat space can also be used to just send each other
messages, making communication and cooperation a vital part
of constructing a world.
This project was co-developed by Jeanne van Heeswijk and V2_Lab.
Artist: Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL)
Web designer: Marco Christis (NL)
Design Office: Blixem Media (NL)
Collective: Atelier van Lieshout (NL)
Designer: Roger Teeuwen (NL)
Wexner Center for the Arts (USA)
Technician: Bram Perry (NL)
Interaction Designer: Enric Gili Fort (E)
Designer: Lenno Verhoog (NL)
Project Manager: Angela Verschelling (NL)