P11


has 1 film 1
Rebuilding the Real: Immersive encounters with ontological alterity through community-led VR projects 
Convenors:
Max Friedrich (University College London (UCL))
Raffaella Fryer-Moreira (University College London (UCL))
Send message to Convenors
Format :
Panel
Sessions:
Wednesday 8 March, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Can ontological encounters in VR lead us to rethink the real? VR projects which are participatory and collaboratively designed reposition communities as agents in the creation of immersive virtual environments. How do these multi-modal encounters with alterity redefine what it means to be real?

Long Abstract:

Can ontological encounters in VR lead us to rethink the real? VR projects which are participatory and collaboratively designed reposition communities as agents in the creation of immersive virtual environments. As these VR worlds are encountered by others, the ontological specificity of the people who made them can be experienced holistically, leading to visceral encounters with other worlds, and other concepts of reality. How do these multi-modal encounters with alterity redefine what it means to be real, and help us imagine other possible futures?

As the contemporary ecological crisis has left planetary futures increasingly uncertain, it has become particularly important to conceive of other possible worlds - and the other futures they entail. With more diverse communities around the world gaining access to the technologies of (virtual) world-building, the worlds they choose to build open new possibilities for conceptualising Virtual metaphysics, and what it means to perceive reality. As the ontological status of virtual environments and 3D models becomes open to dispute, new concepts emerge to redefine the virtual, the real, and the possible future(s). This panel invites contributions from VR creators and world-builders who have engaged in collaborative and community-led processes of VR environment design which have challenged existing concepts of the real. Exploring how different approaches to virtual representation have led to other concepts of the real, this panel investigates alternative visions of the future. How can such multi-modal authorship also help to extend definitions of reality?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 8 March, 2023, -
Panel Video visible to paid-up delegates