VRML Techniques, and the Construction of Cultural Space

By:
Dr. Keith Russell
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The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of literary texts on our understandings of place and the impact of VRML technologies on the interpretation of the real place and the virtual place made available through a text.

The Australian author, Marion Halligan, frequently locates her work in the real world of Newcastle. In the case of her work, Lovers' Knots, the public ocean baths at Merewether, Newcastle, feature. The impact of the creative writer's imaginative account of this space suggests the possibilities of complementing the textual account through VRML techniques, and constructing further virtual VRML texts that offer to structure the real and virtual in a tension. The real baths are positive (filled up with reality), the textual baths are negative (inherently abstract waiting for imaginative filling), and the VRML baths are somewhere between or in tension between the real and the imaginary.

Through the construction of a VRML account of the Merewether baths it is anticipated that traditional and new textual possibilities will be made evident.


Keywords: VRML, virtual, real, imaginary, C S Peirce
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: VRML Techniques and the Construction of Cultural Space


Dr. Keith Russell

Senior Lecturer, School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Australia

Dr Russell is editor on the e-journal, New media Poetics, co-owner on the PhD Design list and a frequent contributor to international conferences on design. His Phd is in the area of Litaeray Affects. Currently he teaches in areas of New Media, Electronic Media, Cultural Production and Creativity.

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