Expanded Animation - Ars Electronica 2018 - Leonhard Lass (AT), VIRTUAL SURREALITIES AND THE LIMINAL

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One of our dominant artistic themes is Liminality – the exploration of temporary in-between spaces found at transitions, where volatile meanings emerge from a semiotic twilight. Positioned at our cultures most prominent (dissolving) boundary – between the physical and the virtual – the Interface inherits a multitude of references ranging from the purely functional to mythological and transcendental. Immersive VR represents a medium that is at the same time display and interface. This renders interaction unavoidable while supercharging the virtual with a phenomenological quality similar to nature itself. These reality melting abilities and their metaphoric potential were the starting point for our artistic exploration, that lead to "The Lacuna Shifts" – a spatio-poetic VR experience which transports the visitor to a constantly changing narrative space. In this talk I want to discuss the narrative potential of transitory, hermetic systems based on samples of our work and process. I attempt to explore the algorithm as the core device for digital manifestations that bears resemblance both with magic and ritual, if we consider it from a potential perspective of language and myth.

Fachhochschule OÖ – Campus Hagenberg (AT), Ars Electronica (AT)
Das Symposium Expanded Animation feiert mit der fünften Ausgabe sein erstes kleines Jubiläum. Im Mittelpunkt der Diskussion stehen hybride Technologien und deren Auswirkungen auf die Animationsproduktion. Die Entwicklungen werden in mehreren Panels aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven von AnimationsfilmemacherInnen, MedienkünstlerInnen, Game-DesignerInnen und WissenschaftlerInnen ausgelotet.

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