— Directing Virtual Reality

Hamlet on the Holodeck – treasure book and I want to post couple thoughts.

Janet Murray’s work is tremendously well delivered piece of writing. I have a feeling I will be rereading this book more than one time. I would like to share some initial thoughts about ideas presented in a book.

In one of the chapters Ms. Murray mentions the importance for the interactive piece of art to have an in-built desire. I might understand it slightly different, but I find this statement truthful for any work of art. In a way, the desire of the art work is its own pleasure form itself which creates this endless flow of energy capable of hypnotizing the viewer, hooking the spectator, inducing the state of trance  for a second or eternity. That’s how I felt when I saw Vincent Gogh’s “The starry night” and Andrew Wyeth “Wind from the sea”. It is something you cant put into words, yet every time I remember this paintings I feel it all- the unspoken, full of desire. Technology is perceived (at least by me) as something very precise and structural, yet when author mentioned the ability of the artificial intelligence to contain this innate energy, the engine that pushes, engages, takes in viewer I thought that we indeed live in the age of breathtaking progress. I got so inspired: maybe the next “starry night” will be a VR experience that reimagines sky, humans and the world as we know it-leaving us in a land so familiar yet so unexplored. To be continued…

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  1. Sarah Rothberg says: March 30, 20172:56 pm

    Great post! I think it’s a fantastic book too, her approach to technology is very poetic, so I imagined you would be into it. While I think the “in-built desire” is needed for all art, in interactive I think it takes on the primary role, because (unlike a film) it won’t necessarily go on without you.

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