[Humanist] 26.410 Visions of our communal dreams

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Oct 23 09:52:35 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 410.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:33:02 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Visions of our communal dreams

Visions of Our Communal Dreams	v2.0
by: Michael Takeo Magruder with Drew Baker, Erik Fleming & David Steele

A virtual/physical art installation exploring issues of hybridity, 
embodiment and collective creativity in the Avatar Age.


Visions of Our Communal Dreams is a new media artwork blending virtual, 
physical and networked environments that explores issues of hybridity, 
embodiment and collective creativity made possible through the use of 
avatars and virtual worlds. The artwork is comprised of two public 
spaces – one virtual and one physical – that are inherently connected in 
order to create a series of mixed-reality contexts, situations and 

The artwork's virtual component consists of an imaginary forest 
landscape constructed using the open source 3D application server 
OpenSimulator. This synthetic, 'living' metaverse is defined by the 
creative aspirations of its avatar inhabitants and is intrinsically 
linked to a changing selection of gallery and public spaces in the real 
world. Live interactions and exchanges flow between the virtual and 
physical realms through various site-specific 'portals' ranging from 
immersive architectural projections and windows to arrangements of small 
painterly artefacts and kiosks. These gateways are realised through 
telematic interfaces that allow residents from both discrete locations 
to gaze upon each other and their surroundings, thus creating uncanny 
connections and dialogues between the worlds.

See http://www.takeo.org/nspace/sl010/ for more.
Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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