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Perception, Immersion & Consciousness
I’ve long felt that the Perceive The World As Code shot (above) from the climactic sequence of The Matrix, is the most important shot in the film, because that is the moment when Neo becomes enlightened and perceives his world as it truly is. This is the moment when he becomes fully awake, and achieves a new level of consciousness. The shot just preceding that, the To Touch A Bullet shot (below) is also important to the narrative in a similar way, but it occurs to me now that it is also an iconic image of a very powerful human, of a very powerful intelligent life, moment: the moment when a living thing acts on the world with a hand, and then learns about the world through the visual experience of seeing the result of that action, and creating understanding.
Toward a Virtual Haptic
Eupalinos and I had a conversation yesterday about my LEA Alice in Cornelland proposal and the idea of a virtual haptic. I came to realize that while a real part of what I’m thinking about does involve Accelerometers, Force-Feedback, and perhaps GPS, that these things are already here, will grow in ubiquity, and will be advanced by technologists vastly more knowledgeable than I… in a way what I’m reaching for is that Alice taking apart a Cornell box moment… where your ability to manipulate the world, makes that world yours, both in a sense of ownership that you have agency over it, and also in that by syncing your hand and eye experiences you discover a new level of understanding and immersion.
Hand, Eye, & Consciousness
When I speak of a Virtual Haptic I am thinking about this sort of synchronization, or synchronicity, or immersive, tactile viscerality. In many regards we already have this, peeps spend many hours tweaking architecture or kinetic sculpture or apparel or body elements like hair and so on. Perhaps in Alice in Cornelland we can take that experience into even richer territory by syncing virtual-tactile familiarity with the powerful ideas contained in works of art, bits of culture, moments of life.