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SPACE1026 QTVRs from 1998

Way back in 1998, I shot a series of QTVR movies of SPACE1026 as it was. There wasn’t any fancy staging or cleaning up–just some quick shots from a tri-pod. This was the future, spinning 3-D inside a space, a virtual walk through. Fifteen years later QTVR isn’t really on anyone’s radar and it was pretty tricky to transfer these files to a format people can actually see (I’m including some instructions at the very bottom of this post).

The SPACE1026 kitchen

15 Years later I see –– The kitchen was sketchy and dirty. Also note there is an ad-hoc changing room behind the last studio there (Adam Wallacavge‘s studio). There’s some nice Jim Houser artwork around. We kitchen was not stocked too well. We ate a lot of meals at the second kitchen, the Wawa just on the corner of 11th and Arch.

The SPACE1026 computer zone

15 Years later I see –– There is a boom box on the table. Early on at SPACE1026, I was kind of infatuated with the fact that we had a commercial space and businesses would treat us as “real” businesses. So I talked some random company into delivering a soda machine to the space. The dumb thing was that no one really drank soda so much. The all mac computer set up is sweet to this day. I see my old PowerMac 6100, and what looks like a PowerMac 7100 but it could also be a Quadra (not sure).

The SPACE1026 ramp

15 Years later I see –– The ramp was boring before Jim Houser’s show later in 1998. There are two crazy extensions already in place. One is just a launch ramp, upside down. My studio/bedroom was behind the ramp. You can see the lights inside my little zone.

The SPACE1026 gallery

15 Years later I see –– This was shot before we re-finished the gallery floors. The Fort Thunder show was awesome, even in this late stage. At some point 1026 Arch was a bank – so there are a few vaults and there was this super heavy safe that moved around for a while. The output of Fort Thunder was and is still inspiring.

The view from the SPACE1026 roof

15 Years later I see –– The roof access was awesome. We spent hot nights up there when inside the space was crazy hot. I remember long talks with the gang, dreaming big and just enjoying the company of good friends struggling to do something great.

Nerd stuff below, stop reading if you don’t care how I transferred these…

How to transfer QTVR to a movie file. You will need something old that reads QTVR. I used QuickTime 7 Pro (you’ll need the serial number as well which unlocks all the cool stuff), which I keep around because it’s a really handy video swiss army knife kind of tool. The new version of QuickTime Player has a little known feature called ‘Screen Recording’. Under the file menu you create a “New Screen Recording” and it will record what is on your screen. So you just start a new screen recording, click and drag to select the area of the screen you want to record, in this case the QT7 Pro window, and then you move the QTVR around and it will make a movie of your screen. There are some older tools out there, but this was the cleanest and fastest way to do the job.