Physical Space and Virtual Space in Electronic Culture


Session Title:

  • Recombinant Culture

Presentation Title:

  • Physical Space and Virtual Space in Electronic Culture




  • Electronic culture is obsessed with spatialization of all representations and experiences: consider, for instance, VR, VRML, computer visualization, or the very concept of cyberspace. What is the visual and experiential specificity of space as represented through computer graphics in contrast to the representations of space in traditional visual arts? What are the consequences in adapting particular models of physical spaces to represent a virtual space? What are the different possible relationships between a physical space of a user’s body and a virtual space inside a computer? In answering these questions, I will discuss a number of recent artists’ installations as well as military and commercial research in virtual reality and telepresence.