Beyond is a mysterious virtual world. In a playful spirit of philosophical inquiry, it explores the paradoxes of technology, desire, and the paranormal posed since the birth of mechanical reproduction; the phonograph severing the voice from the body, photography capturing the soul and cinema resurrecting the dead.
Read about the ideas behind Beyond, in my essay The Dream Life of Technology
Click here to explore Beyond now.
Requires Flash player 10
In 1995 I launched Beyond as a web serial. Each week I uploaded a QuickTime movie.
In 1997 I created Beyond as an interactive CD-ROM for Macintosh 0S9. It had now grown to a extensive virtual world that contained 23 panoramas and 80 QuickTime movies.
In 2009 it was reprogrammed in Flash and is avaible as a web based project for both Mac and Windows. A version on disk can be purchased here
- Drag your mouse to the left or right to move around a panorama.
- To move from one place to another, hover the mouse over different objects. When the cursor changes to a hand, you are over a hot spot.
Click on a hotspot to explore.