Peter Coppin | Main menu | Projects | Telepresence art | Project Paradise [1998-9]

For a more detailed description of Project Paradise, see an article in Cultronics
pages 59-66 of Cyborg Surragate Self.

Project Paradise is a telepresence installation that enables two separated users to remotely interact with each other via a cyborg "Adam" or "Eve" within a remote "paradise". Each participant may control the body of a cyborg to engage in interaction with the other isolated user.

The installation consists of two aluminum isolation booths and a cylindrical chamber connected by video and telephone cabling. Each isolation booth contains the interface to "paradise": a television and a telephone.

Telephone button presses allow users to "be Adam or Eve in paradise." This "Paradise" can only be experienced through telepresence via the robotically augented human actors (cyborgs).

Through these Cyborg Surrogate Selves, participants can touch the grass, the flowers, and the flesh.

The cylindrical aluminum chamber located elsewhere in the installation contains a lush, plant-filled "paradise" and two robotically-augmented actors: the Cyborg Adam and Eve.

Project Paradise was exhibited at
  • Gallery 937, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • SIGGRAPH 98 Touchware Exhibition, Orlando Florida
  • The O.K. Centrum fur Gegenwartzkunst in Linz Austria, as part of Ars Electronica 98.
  • MIR: Art In Space (Curators: Ernesto L. Francalanci and Roberto Masiero) in Bolzano, Italy, in Nov 27 - Dec 1 1999


Project Directors: Peter Coppin and Alexi Morrissey
Cyborgs: Lauren Lamonica [as Cyborg Eve] and Terry Young [as Cyborg Adam]
Portable TV set design and fabrication: Alexi Morrissey, Peter Coppin, and Michael Parris
Booth design and fabrication: Michael Parris and Alexi Morrissey
Electronics design and fabrication: Martin C. Martin
Robotic exoskeleton design: Peter Coppin
Robotic exoskeleton fabrication: Peter Coppin, Greg Baltus, and Michael Parris
Photography: Rob Long
Video documentation: Joe Morrison
Lighting design: Rob Long, Alexi Morrissey, and Peter Coppin