As he travels through the distorted but familiar world of Virtua he collects souveniers from his travel to bring back to the terra world. These pieces become examplers of the misinterpretation allowed by a flood of information but an absense of knowledge and understanding, or simply the distortion created by the digital medium.
He also constructs tools to mediate the unpredictable terra world, and to simulate his virtua environment - and as substitute should the network of power he is so reliant upon, ever be ‘switched off’…
“Users of Google Maps can have the impression that they have seen (and therefore know) the streets of Paris, New York or Pittsburgh without ever having set foot there. With their series of collective performances and actions, Kinsley and Hewlett create an analogy between their carefully planned and coordinated artistic events and the equally fictitious reality presented by Google. As images cannot replace direct, physical experience, they always constitute a reconstruction, if not indeed manipulation, of the real world, but one that we are led to regard as real in today’s media-driven society.”
Come now, let us get up, we must take ourselves off.” Immediate objections thwarted his orders. What is the use of moving, when one can travel on a chair so magnificently? Was he not even now in London, whose aromas and atmosphere and inhabitants, whose food and utensils surrounded him? For what could he hope, if not new disillusionments, as had happened to him in Holland?
Huysman’s ‘Against Nature’ - I finally refined the second hand quote from Will Self by (skim)reading this novel. It looks really interesting and I WILL return to it with more depth as soon as I can.
The main character is sitting in a bar in Paris on his way to London to experience what he has been imagining.. the bar is full of Englishmen and the weather is grey and overcast.
I realised i hadnt sat down and drawn for a while - I missed it.
- Development of previous sketch looking at the constructed surroundings of a new vernacular which forms out of immersion in Virtua
- Description of where the Real and Virtual worlds meet. The heterogenous nature of countries is partially shown within their reflected virtua self, but the medium means a level of homogenuity and cross-pollination is inevitably going to emerge.
This drawing also redraws a geography based up proximaty to virtua, with 3rd world countries existing on the edge of such a constellation.
The Cottingley Fairies are a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two young cousins living in Cottingley, near Bradford, England, depicting the two in various activities with supposed fairies.
When Mr. Wright, upon developing the plates, saw fairies in the pictures, he considered them fake. After the taking of the second picture, he banned Elsie from using the camera again. Her mother, Polly, however was convinced of their authenticity.
In the summer of 1919, the matter became public and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) wrote an article for a leading magazine claiming that they were authentic.
For fifty years the girls avoided publicity and the hoax continued to be believed by many. In late 1981 and mid 1982 respectively, Frances Way (née Griffiths) and Elsie Hill (née Wright), who took the photographs admitted that the first four pictures were fakes. Speaking of the first photograph in particular, Frances has said:
“I don’t see how people could believe they’re real fairies. I could see the backs of them and the hatpins when the photo was being taken.”
Both of the girls claimed, right up to their deaths, that the fifth photo (pictured below) was, in fact, authentic.