Sunday, February 10, 2002

metamorfine haunts

The show metamorfine continues to haunt . . . talking with an actor & finding the language to penetrate the experience returns over & over again to meditations on virtual reality, cyberspace, hypertext . . . how we see, perceive, feel, the space between us towards an understanding of (around/surround/inside/beside/outside) us...

Although written almost a decade ago the observations & questions are immediate:

Quote:Today's computer communication cuts the physical face out of the combmunication process. Computers stick the windows of the soul behind monitors, headset, and datasuits. Even video conferencing adds only a simulation of face-to-face meetings, only a representation or an appearance of real meeting. The living, nonrepresentable face is the primal source of responsibility, the direct, warm link between private bodies. Without directly meeting others physically, our ethics languishes. Face-to-face communication, the fleshly bond between people, supports a long-term warmth and loyalty, a sense of obligation for which the computer-mediated communities have not yet been tested. Computer networks offer a certain sense of belonging, to be sure, but the sense of belonging circulates primarily among a special group of pioneers. How long and how deep are the personal relationships that develop outside embodied presence? (Michael Heim . The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality, 102)

. . . fascinated by a theatre experiment that utilizes what the director describes as "frequencies" of ideas, I deliberately slow down to mingle logic & intuition, hoping to shape the experience . . . or maybe as Heim describes "indwell":

Quote: Heim argues that the key to navigating electronic text also includes the ability to slow down, to create and follow arguments with rational contemplation, to "indwell" in other people's ideas despite the ability to surf off to another person's ideas as soon as one encounters a link. Students need to learn to use the web (or whatever technology supersedes it next week) as a web of knowledge, not a cloud of data and cool sites to surf." (Heim. Co-opting the Clickable Classroom.)

. . . not only to "indwell" but also to expand, to embrace the daily acts of living . . . that is to evolve a deeper appreciation of life & death . . .