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WorldWideWalks: mapping the 'mixed realities' of physical and virtual space-time

WorldWideWalks: mapping the 'mixed realities' of physical and virtual space-time New media 'walk projects' raise critical questions about their 'walkabout' – the acquisition of knowledge through kinesthetic experience and the very different 'flyabout' – an experience, which allows human beings to fly in virtual space. Walking and flying characterise key aspects of actuality and reality. Insofar as the sense of reality begins with the body and its perceptual apparatus, the apparatus that interfaces with the body can both limit and expand the cognitive parameters of that passage. Outside the apparatus, arbitrary borders can shape meaning. For example, when crossing the International Dateline on a jet the traveller ruptures the calendar. Focusing on a series of walk art projects, this paper investigates how the parameters both inside and outside the apparatus shape the viewer?participant's identity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Arts and Technology Inderscience Publishers

WorldWideWalks: mapping the 'mixed realities' of physical and virtual space-time

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1754-8853
eISSN
1754-8861
DOI
10.1504/IJART.2009.029238
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Abstract

New media 'walk projects' raise critical questions about their 'walkabout' – the acquisition of knowledge through kinesthetic experience and the very different 'flyabout' – an experience, which allows human beings to fly in virtual space. Walking and flying characterise key aspects of actuality and reality. Insofar as the sense of reality begins with the body and its perceptual apparatus, the apparatus that interfaces with the body can both limit and expand the cognitive parameters of that passage. Outside the apparatus, arbitrary borders can shape meaning. For example, when crossing the International Dateline on a jet the traveller ruptures the calendar. Focusing on a series of walk art projects, this paper investigates how the parameters both inside and outside the apparatus shape the viewer?participant's identity.

Journal

International Journal of Arts and TechnologyInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2009

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