Virtual Space

 

9 February 

Char Davies 
Char Davies

Montreal

As an artist constructing immersive virtual reality environments, I think of virtual space as an entirely new kind of space, paradoxically conceptual yet physical - a visual/aural spatial/temporal 'arena' wherein abstract constructs of the world can be virtually embodied in three dimensions and then kinaesthetically explored through full-body immersion and interaction. When approached as a site for artistic expression and possible psychological transformation, the potential of this medium is profound. Computer technology aside, as Gaston Bachelard wrote many years ago in the Poetics of Space: "...by changing space, by leaving the space of one's usual sensibilities, one enters into communication with a space that is psychically innovating ... For we do not change place, we change our Nature."

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