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During this semester, we have explored the concepts of virtual and physical reality, and how they overlap and diverge with respect to interiors. Early on, we established meanings for these keywords, and the definition of “virtual” often is interchanged with non-physicality. As such, as with many if not all interiors, the physical nature of any interior will almost always coexist with temporal and virtual qualities.

AC/DC Lane Explorations

What interested me was how important language and syntax became in allowing me to anchor myself within this virtual space. As a contrast, one of the mappings I made extended from the bands I identified within the Lane. I searched each of these bands and albums while also attempting to remove my mental filter, allowing for strings of results which very quickly completely unraveled from the initial physical site.

What these explorations highlighted is that virtual space is like a nebula that expands from the familiar, or the physical, and we navigate virtual space with constant reference against self or knowledge to prevent ourselves from being lost in virtual space. In week 5, I attempted to visualize these concepts within a virtual model, emphasizing the many different layers of sense, knowledge, memory that inadvertently impact the way we experience the world.

I M P A C T F E S T I V A L

The focus of our midsemester is a proposal for the upcoming Impact Festival held in Hasselt, Belgium. The festival invites its participants to rethink the role of technology in our current world, and in a sense to question and consider how it can be used to highlight this resonance between hi-tech, low-tech, digital and analogue.

My proposal for the exhibition is called choreo{graphic}. My concept originates from my exploration through ACDC Lane, particularly the ideas of self-expression and identity, both of which are integral to street art. I have extended on these concepts by drawing parallels with how we express virtual images of ourselves on the internet and through social media.

Part 1 - The Nebula

The first part of my proposal is a filmic piece intended to be a reverse engineering of my ACDC Lane virtual responses. The intent is to highlight on the vast amount of information that our virtual identity sits within. Virtual space is like a nebula, and as a consequence our virtual identities are amorphic and located simultaneously in multiple places, unlike the singular entity which is our physical selves. There are millions of other virtual identities coexisting with your own identity, and in virtual space the concepts of control and agency can have very different outcomes and definitions from physical reality.

The intent of the film is to show that while technology may allow us to access these virtual identities in an instant, we still need to use discretion and prior knowledge to interpret and identify an identity.

With respect to the internet, our identities rely heavily on the [virtual] transmission of data. Is virtual identity a question of fidelity as much as whether it is its own reality? Our existence on the internet can be thought of as a curated manifestation of our physical selves. It exists as a selection of aspects that comprise our virtual identity regardless of whether fact or fiction.

Part 2 - Curated Virtual Identity

When we come across a piece of a virtual identity in isolation, it can be easy to misinterpret that piece out of context of its counterparts. This second piece is intended to be interactive, and looks at how we curate our virtual identities.

This piece involves the projection of light paired with the simple instruction to paint the red patch that appears.  I had the idea of creating a choreographed self-portrait enacted by virtual protocols being the light projections. In isolation, the overall virtual image can’t be identified.

This is a time-lapsed process film of my proposal. The act of painting is intended to be the final step in actualizing my virtual image. My emphasis is not on the technical completeness of the self-portrait, but on the process of transmitting select data virtually and its subsequent materialization in the hands of another person. This process is analogous to public acceptance and interpretation of the virtual image that one might intend to build for themselves. While we can attempt to control virtual data, interpretation is still an entirely human process and is open to variances, reinterpretations, miscommunications and new meanings.