Are we in a virtual world when we read a book, or watch a gripping movie, and get carried away by their story? We can find ourselves mesmerized by the magical spell of descriptive words and clever scenes, our imaginations captured as we willingly immerse ourselves in these other worlds.
Derek Deluca’s ‘Chaos’ from his installation ‘Other Worlds’. NPIRL’s ‘Garden of Delights’. and Flea’s avatar Leader of the Vairy Swarm.
A computerized virtual world could be described as the place where story books and film sets meet. There are different types of virtual worlds; structured gaming worlds like World of Warcraft (WOW), and the more free-form social worlds like Second Life™. I am guessing (as I have never played) that WOW is like an unfolding story, a quest that you follow. Second Life is rather more like an episode of ‘Lost’ where people invent themselves and their stories as they go along because nobody knows the plot.
Derek Deluca’s ‘Heaven on Fire’ (‘Other Worlds’) NPIRL’s ‘Garden of Delights’ and Flea’s Vairy avatar.
The difference here (in the virtual world) is that you (represented by your avatar) are the central character (the star) of the story. The other difference is that the ‘virtual world’ is not described in words, it is visually presented and so bears more similarity to a movie. Yet a virtual world is not a passively watched film scene! Far from it! 3D software wraps the virtual world all around us, hugging us close within its bubble of invention. We can look in every direction, including behind us, and above, and below, and see the virtual space extending towards infinity. OK, a little poetic license here, but it can look like infinity!
Derek Deluca’s ‘Hell on Ice’ (‘Other Worlds’) NPIRL ‘Garden of Delights’.
To see more of Flea Bussy’s avatars visit Grendel’s Children in Second Life™