August 3, 2006
You can find Miyazaki-inspired works everywhere, but I was surprised to see Princess Mononoke cited in an Emerging Technologies exhibit. Remember when the Shishigami emerged walked toward the wounded Ashitaka, and plants sprouted, bloomed, withered and died at each step? Moderation, by Zack Booth Simpson, recreates that. As you walk along the projection of shallow water over stones, plants appear at your feet, and slowly wither. However, if you step too quickly it doesn't quite work right; to get the proper effect, you have to temper your movement and walk with careful deliberation, like the forest spirit himself. You can see Moderation in action on YouTube, on Google Video, or by downloading an MPEG from the site.

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