Her first virtual environment was developed at ART+COM,
Berlin, in 1992. In that work she pioneered the use of fractal
structures in virtual reality in consultation with the
mathematicians Heinz-Otto Peitgen and Hartmut JŁrgens.
In her following work, a virtual reality installation entitled 'Microworlds,
Sirens and Argonauts' (MSA), University of Southern
California, LA, she explores an interactive narrative by
means of attractors and sound as navigational clues. MSA was
exhibited at SIGGRAPH'99 (Los Angeles), IMAGINA
2000 (Monaco), Interactive Frictions (Los Angeles),
WORLDART (Aalborg, Denmark), CIBERVISION (Madrid), etc. MSA is
exhibited in the permanent collection of the Museum of
Science of San Sebastian, Spain.
In 'MIMESIS', a
virtual environment, granted by the Pompeu Fabra
University's Audiovisual Institute and the Phonos
Foundation (Barcelona, Spain), she continues her
exploration in interactive narratives increasing the participation
of the user by means of a very intuitive and metaphoric interface
inspired in MIMETISM, a co-evolution phenomenon of Nature. This
interface is built with the environment inhabitants themselves:
visual and aural structures that users can modify and generate to
create their own audiovisual ecosystem.
She has received numerous awards including a Postdoctoral
Research Grant from the Basque Government, 2001, an award
by the Annenberg Center for Communication, USC, 1998, a Fulbright
fellowship in 1997, etc.
Dr. Simů taught the first Virtual Reality courses
at the University of Southern California, in
1998, and at the California Institute of the Arts
(CalArts) in 1993.
She holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the
University of the Basque Country (2001), an MA in Image
Synthesis and Computer Animation from Middlesex
University, London (1993), a BA in Fine Arts
(1991), and a BA in Communication Science (1989),
both from the University of the Basque Country, Spain.