Embodied in VR: The Body as Experimental Ground

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  • Body Matters

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  • Embodied in VR: The Body as Experimental Ground

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  • In immersive virtual space, the subjectively-experienced body plays a central role, largely neglected due to cultural bias. In Osmose, a work-in-progress, Char Davies has developed an interactive aesthetic beyond conventional virtual reality whereby intuitive breathing and balance act as chiasmatic links between body and world, leading the “immersant” into a receptive state of being which profoundly affects experience of the work. The author will discuss the theory behind her approach, including insights from diving in deep oceanic space.